Kurt Brummett, Executive Director, joined the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) in December 2016. Before being named the UWOLC’s Executive Director, Kurt served as the Research & Innovation Director at Three Rivers Planning & Development District, where he partnered with local governments, non-profit organizations, and other entities to promote economic and community development. Kurt earned a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Mississippi. He graduated summa cum laude and received several academic honors such as a Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal, Graduate Achievement Award, and the designation of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Vice President. In his spare time, Kurt enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelly, and their son, Zach, as well as following the St. Louis Cardinals, Ole Miss Rebels, and Memphis Grizzlies.
Edy Dingus, AmeriCorps VISTA, joined the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) in August 2016. Edy returned to the Oxford community after teaching abroad for one year. Edy is the programmatic VISTA for the UWOLC and serves in a support role for the LOU Excel by 5 and LOU Reads Coalitions. These coalitions help strengthen early childhood education throughout the community and Edy is passionate about this ambition. Edy graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Mississippi. When she’s not messing up her desk, she can be found talking in silly voices to her dogs and friends.
Ben Strassman, AmeriCorps VISTA, joined the United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) in August 2016. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Naperville to be exact, Ben moved down to Oxford to study at the University of Mississippi. He graduated with a B.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications and minors in Mandarin Chinese and Business Administration. He mainly focuses on communication and outreach for United Way, or in his words “being the young, hip guy that comes up with fun ways to give back.” When he is not helping Lafayette County, he enjoys teaching and arguing with his peers about pop culture.