Press Release

United Way of Allen County Announces Organizational Restructuring

May 8, 2023

FORT WAYNE (May 3, 2023) – United Way of Allen County is pleased to announce the promotion of three staff members as it strives to effectively transform Allen County through measurable impact.


“These changes to our operational design are mission-critical if the United Way of Allen County intends to boldly impact critical community issues,” stated President & CEO Dr. Robert Haworth.


As part of the operational design changes, the United Way of Allen County is promoting Brandi Buck to Chief Operating Officer. Kirby Cool will assume the duties of Campaign & Events Manager, and Ta Gay Htoo will now serve as Community Impact Manager.


“A strong staff combined with a strong board will continue to propel the United Way forward. Last year, we celebrated 100 years of serving Allen County. This strategic restructuring of personnel will only strengthen our culture of service as we move into our second century,” stated Haworth.


Although maintaining her same title, Ruthie Hall is a key part of these design changes. Ruthie, who has served the United Way with distinction for 10 years as Director of Community Initiatives, will now provide greater oversight to volunteer engagement.


With regard to the promotions, Haworth stated, “Brandi has all the critical skills needed to be a successful Chief Operating Officer. She is detail-oriented, organized, goal-driven, and leads with integrity. Ruthie has become a force for positive change as she continues to lead a number of community initiatives. Kirby, prior to joining the United Way of Allen County, served as Community Impact Coordinator and Interim Executive Director for United Way of DeKalb County, and her experience and leadership will significantly impact the organization’s fundraising efforts. In only six months, Ta Gay has distinguished herself as an up-and-coming leader in the area of community impact.”


In 2021, United Way of Allen County partnered with the Community Research Institute of Purdue University Fort Wayne to gather data on critical community needs to position United Way to transition to a new strategic direction. This led to the announcement of the four new strategic priorities: Educational Opportunities, Food Security, Housing Stability, and Mental Health Access. These organizational changes will allow United Way to continue to work efficiently and collaboratively with partners in the community to boldly impact these identified critical community issues.



About United Way of Allen County

Established in 1922, United Way of Allen County is a not-for-profit organization that unites our community’s time, talent, and treasure to cultivate and advance community solutions that address the most critical issues around basic needs, education, financial stability, and healthy lives. For more information, please visit