Previously, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer. She was responsible for driving the strategic vision and direction of the organization in the areas of workplace campaign, donor relations, community investment, volunteer engagement and the Day of Action program.
Before joining the staff of United Way, Ms. King spent her career in the private sector as a public affairs, community relations, investor relations and marketing professional. A passionate advocate for children, Leah is active in the community. She currently serves as a director for Cook Children’s Medical Center and on the board of governors for the Fort Worth Club. She is also an active member of the Fort Worth (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Ms. King is a founding member of the United Way of Tarrant County’s Women United and has served as its Women’s Fund development committee chair.
In her role, she manages all recruitment, onboarding, talent management, and health and safety programs; ensures organizational and leadership development, performance management and strategic human resource planning; and the creation and implementation of policies. She oversees a competitive compensation and benefits program and ensures compliance with employment-related laws, regulations and best practices.
Before United Way of Tarrant County, Beth served as a human resources consultant for WhitneySmith Company, where she advised clients of diverse sizes and industries regarding human resources best practices.
Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management and Marketing from Texas Christian University, Neeley School of Business, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
chief human resources officer
Prior to joining United Way of Tarrant County, she served as the Vice President of Philanthropy for Youth First, Inc. where she directed all major fundraising efforts, including major gifts, planned giving, annual appeal, events and local, state and federal grants. She has more than 15 years of sales, marketing and customer relations experience, including 13 years in major gift fundraising, corporate sales, business development and strategic planning.
Crystal has a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is also a Veritus Scholar.
Chief Development Officer
A dynamic professional with knowledge in risk mitigation, cash management, internal controls and strategic vision. He is a hands-on problem solver dedicated to solving any issue and a willingness to take on new challenges.
Prior to joining United Way of Tarrant County, Gary was the Chief Financial Officer at The Atlanta Botanical Garden for the last nine years. There he led the Garden through expansion by opening an additional Garden in Gainesville, GA, secured financing to acquire land, to further expand the Garden in the future and most importantly, led the Garden through the pandemic. He served as a member of the organizations Leadership Team and managed a $30M annual budget. In addition to his responsibilities for finance and accounting, he supervised human resources, IT, retail and a full service restaurant. He brings a unique and dynamic perspective to United Way, benefiting from his diverse experiences not only at The Atlanta Botanical Garden but also his time at the Georgia Aquarium where he was for six year prior to joining the Garden. Gary started his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Washington DC where he led audits for clients such as the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, OH where he also played collegiate baseball. Gary is married to his wife Jennifer and they have two boys, Zac (10) & Colton (5). In his spare time, you can find Gary involved in his children’s activities or watching sports.
Chief Financial Officer
Prior to TWU, Titzler lived in Hyderabad, India, where she was president of the Twin-Cities Expatriates Association, heading a multinational board of directors that established the vision, strategy and goals for the association. She previously worked for General Dynamics/Lockheed Martin, including eight years at the Aeronautics division in Fort Worth. During her tenure there, she led the employee giving campaign for the company for several years, leading to record breaking donations to United Way of Tarrant County and related agencies.
Titzler earned her Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Journalism from Baylor University. Past board positions include Carter BloodCare and the Westlake Academy Foundation.
Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
Most recently, Ms. Johnson served as an Administrative Law Judge for the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH), where she presided over highly complex appeal hearings involving enforcement action taken by state agencies, including the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Department of Public Safety, against citizens and businesses. Prior to that role, she was an Enforcement Attorney and Guardianship Attorney for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and worked in private practice, including her own law firm. Before her legal career, Ms. Johnson was Director of Social Services at Heartland Healthcare from 2010-2014, where she investigated and documented allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation. She was the Nursing Facility Administrator at Fort Worth Manor, where she directed daily operations of the 129-bed skilled nursing facility that included a 54-bed behavioral unit. She also served as the Nursing Facility Administrator for Sweeny House where she managed the 94-bed skilled nursing facility.
Ms. Johnson earned her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M School of Law. She has a B.A. in Social Work from the University of North Texas. She is a licensed social worker, attorney, a qualified mediator and has a certificate in elder mediation.
Executive Director of the Area Agency on Aging of Tarrant County and Vice President, Community Investment
Williams brings vast experience in strategic planning, program development, and management and capable, effective leadership to the region. Prior to joining UWTC, Williams was a social worker and grant and community partnership manager at Fort Worth’s historic Dunbar High School.
Williams is involved in and serves in board leadership roles with several local organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and Leadership Arlington. She earned a Master of Social Work from Missouri State University and is licensed in the state of Texas as a social worker.
Regina R. Williams
Executive Vice President and Chief Impact Officer
Board of Directors
- Board Chair: Hadley Woerner, President, Tarrant Area Frost Bank
- Immediate Past Board Chair: Melinda M. Johnston, Managing Director and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch
- Committee Chair of Annual Campaign Committee: Richard Casarez, P.E., Vice President, Fort Worth Customer Operations, Oncor Electric Delivery
- Committee Chair of Compensation and Benefits Committee: Dr. Keon Anderson, General Dentist, Acclaim Financial Group
- Past Annual Campaign Committee Chair: Brian Coltharp, P.E., President and CEO, Freese and Nichols
- Committee Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: Carlo Capua, Chief of Strategy and Innovation, City of Fort Worth
- Committee Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee and Compliance Officer: H Richard Payne, Partner of EY Assurance Services
- Committee Chair of Governance Committee: Barbara M. Williams, Capital Partner, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson
- Committee Chair, Investment Committee: Cory Dowell, Managing Director and Private Wealth Advisor, Baumgarten Dowell Jones Wealth Management at UBS
- Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee: Dr. Abbie Shipp, Professor of Management and Leadership Department, Neeley School of Business, TCU
- Committee Chair, Community Investment Committee: Mia Hall, Ed.D., Executive Director of Equity and Excellence, Fort Worth Independent School District
- Board Liaison for Second Century Campaign: Stevan (Steve) B. Bobb, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, BNSF Railway Company
- Non-Voting Member: Leah M. King, President and CEO, United Way of Tarrant County
- Non-Voting Member: Beverly Boyd, Corporate Secretary, United Way of Tarrant County
- Kervin Campbell, PE, Regional Executive Principal, Dunaway
- Sean Donohue, Chief Executive Officer, DFW International Airport
- Marcia Etie, Manager of Special Projects, Mosaic Strategy Partners
- D.J. Harrell, Director of Development Services, City of Fort Worth
- Grant Helmer, Senior Vice President in Dealer Services, GM Financial
- Bal Joshi, Senior Vice President Commercial Banking, Hancock Whitney
- Pat Linares, Former Interim Superintendent, Fort Worth and Crowley ISDs, and Education Consultant
- Courtney Lewis, Executive Vice President, Cadence Bank
- Kecia Mays, Arlington ISD Trustee
- Chandler Merritt, Assistant County Administrator, Tarrant County
- Allison Mullis, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Bell Helicopter
- Kellie Richter, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing and Client Experience Officer, First Command Financial Services, Inc.
- Tom Stallings, Firm Strategist, Mosaic Strategy Partners
- Gloria Starling, Managing Partner, The Capital Grille Fort Worth
- Kenneth Washington, Engineer II, Atmos Energy Corporation Mid-Tex Division
- Jeff Whitfield, Partner, Kelly Hart
- Jennifer Wichmann, Deputy City Manager, City of Arlington, Arlington City Manager’s Office
- Corey Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth
Board Members and Voting Ex-Officios
- Tarrant County Central Labor Council: Brian Golden, President, Council AFL-CIO
- Committee Chair, Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council: Tito Rodriguez, Retired Deputy Mayor Pro-Tem, City of North Richland Hills
- Committee Chair, United Way Arlington Steering Committee: Kathleen Bryant
- Committee Chair, NE Steering Committee: Jon McKenzie, Community Volunteer
- Committee Chair, Women United: Jennifer Baggs Kamacioglu, Texas Capital Bank in Fort Worth