//United Way of St. Joseph County Announces Three New Hires

United Way of St. Joseph County Announces Three New Hires

Lauren Smyth                                     



Allie Royce




Bryan Tanner

September 6, 2018 – United Way of St. Joseph County, a non-profit organization committed to developing community resources and partnerships that support health and human service needs in the community, announced the hire of three new employees. Lauren Smyth and Allie Royce will serve under the Mission Advancement branch, and Bryan Tanner will play a dual role with Community Impact as well as Mission Advancement. This follows President and CEO Laura Jensen’s vision to stay up to date with the community’s needs.


“Philanthropy has changed and so has our community and in order to keep up, United Way needs to be agile enough to adapt,” said Jensen. “Allie, Bryan, and Lauren bring unique skill sets, a passion to make a difference, and fresh energy to United Way. I am excited to see what this year has in store for United Way and our community.”


Ms. Smyth is joining United Way of St. Joseph County as the Vice President Mission Advancement with a background in not-for-profit development, education administration, marketing and communications. Smyth brings wide-ranging experience to this position, from serving as the Director of Development at Montessori Academy Edison Lakes to creating a development program for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana. “I look forward to continuing to build relationships here and am glad to be a part of the incredible work of United Way in support of our most vulnerable children and families,” said Smyth. “It is an incredible privilege to join this team and to be a part of this mission.” 


Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ms. Royce attended Saint Mary’s College where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. Royce is excited to be returning to South Bend and begin her career with United Way of St. Joseph County as the Missions Advancement Communications Associate. In this role she will capture and share stories of the work happening in the community. Royce said, “I’m so excited to be joining this team and to have the opportunity to connect not only with our community impact partners but also the donors who play a vital role in United Way as well.”


After serving on United Way of St. Joseph County’s Board of Directors for three years and as an employee campaign manager at Lawson-Fisher Associates, Mr. Tanner will be working as the Director of Strategic Engagement. With more than twelve years of experience in professional consulting service, Tanner will develop the strategies, trust, and relationships necessary to enhance the community impact plan for collectively eliminating poverty. It is evident that Tanner’s passion lies in community impact as he serves on the Board of Directors for the Mishawaka Business Association, sits on the Mishawaka city council, and received a “Michiana Forty Under 40” recognition in 2017 from the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce.


United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a long-lasting change. This change starts by ensuring all residents are granted access to building blocks that lead to a better life: education, income, and health. To provide these opportunities, United Way brings active members in the community together. With the help of business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, a change is made. United Way of St. Joseph County is thrilled to be expanding their team in order to accomplish their mission. 

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