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Meet those who have answered United Way's CALL TO ACTION; who are dedicated to ADVANCING the common good by working to create better opportunities for all; and who are bringing LIVE UNITED to life. Change won’t happen without you. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.


Kim Thames

Great Things Happen when you get connected and become involved! Community Volunteer, Kim Thames, shares why she Lives United.
When she moved to Dalton, Kim recalls seeing an overwhelming need.  Soon after, a friend invited Kim to the Women's Leadership Spring Symposium. She discovered how United Way works to create a better community.
“Once I started Living United, suddenly Dalton seemed brighter, sweeter, and I witnessed a community where corporations and individuals came together to give back. It was something quite special and something I had never had the privilege to experience in the other three states I had lived. I truly felt like my time and money would make a difference.”
Kim is an active member of the Women's Leadership Council. She joined in May 2013. She currently serves on the United Way Board of Directors and Volunteer Center Cabinet. When asked why United Way is important, she replied, "To me, United Way is hope! When you have options, you have hope. United Way is the HOPE of Northwest Georgia; it's the building blocks of a good life through education, basic needs, and health."








Landon Hair
Meet Landon Hair! Landon serves on the 2017 Campaign Cabinet and is one of the Co-Chairs for of the Young Leaders Society Steering Committee. He has made numerous CEO calls for the 2015 United Way campaign and successfully helped plan the Kickoff Block Party & CEO Trike Race at Dalton Green. Landon exemplifies what it means to LIVE UNITED -- a giver, advocate, and volunteer! Landon is the General Manager at Marketing Alliance Group.






Denise Wood
Ms. Denise Wood is an amazing lady who wears many hats. Did you know that she is the first woman ever elected to the Dalton City Council? In addition to her career as the VP of Environmental Services at Mohawk Industries' Corporate Environmental Services Department, she serves in leadership roles for many regional and statewide organizations, including the Solid Waste Authority, Technology Committee, and Airport Authority. Last, and most certainly not least, Denise is a member of United Way's Women's Leadership Council and Volunteer Center Cabinet, and she is one of United Way's newest Board Members!

Wood chose to serve at United Way because she believes that we all have a responsibility to give back to the communities in which we live. She is committed to advancing the education, basic needs, and health outcomes in Northwest Georgia.

Woodcha know the FACTS:
Wood graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry. She is the widow of Terry Q. Wood, proud mother of Matt, Heather, Heidi, Eric, and Amie, and the doting "Bubbie" to her precious granddaughter, Olivia.  She has four brothers and one sister, and they all ended up as scientists or engineers. She loves to travel, play tennis, walk (fast), and float on a swimming noodle at the lake.



Jamie Welborn
Before becoming a bona fide Georgian, Jamie made his start in Levittown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor's in Textile Management & Marketing, and earned his Master's from the Institute of Textile Technology.

Post grad, Jamie ventured into the world of carpet and textile- making his start at Milliken & Company before joining Mohawk Industries in 2007 as Director of Manufacturing. He is currently VP of Product Development for Residential Carpet at Mohawk.

He is very excited to serve on United Way's board and is honored to be a game changer in his community. Jamie is helping to run the Mohawk United Way campaign and serves on a United Way Community Investment panel making sure your investment is put to the highest use in the community.

Jamie and his wife, Jackie, reside in North Georgia and have four wonderful children.





Pat Sain
Pat Sain, United Way Community Investment Chair, recently shared why he is committed to United Way:
"I work with other volunteers to make sure that United Way NWGA continues to be a great steward of the money that the hardworking people of our community generously donate. We do this with a dedicated, diligent, and conscientious group of volunteers who make sure that we are using the donations as efficiently as possible."

When asked how he got involved with United Way, Sain replied: "Well, United Way chose me. I was asked to serve and so I said yes. I had not spent much time volunteering previously.  It has been a great experience for me. I have learned about great agencies, filled with people that are equipped and passionate about meeting the needs of people in our community." Today, I choose to serve at United Way because it allows me to serve our community in a small but effective way.