Our Team

Our Team


Waid Harbison, Executive Director

Waid joined the United Way of Cullman County in May 2022. He oversees the vision, direction, strategy, and implementation of all the United Way of Cullman County’s programs, campaigns, and operations. He oversees all financial operations, leading the staff, and serves as administrator for the organization. He serves as a member of the board of directors, giving the board direction, advice, creates policies and procedures, and runs daily operations for the United Way in every capacity on behalf of the board. When he is not in the office, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with his dog, Manny. 



DeAnn McDonald, Office Manager 

DeAnn joined the United Way of Cullman County in July 2017. She manages our day-to-day office operations, finances, bookkeeping, bank statements, manages online reports, orders and manages office supplies, ensures the office is cleaned, takes calls and meets with people in need at our office. When she is not in the office, she enjoys going to yard sales and spending time with her granddaughter.



Ashley Uptagrafft, Marketing & Community Impact Manager

Ashley joined the United Way of Cullman County in April 2023. She manages our social media pages, press release coverages, website updates, event calendar, publications and prints design, as well as coordinates events, campaigns, and more. Ashley has been a life-long community volunteer, and enjoys photography, live music, and spending time with her family and pets.



Linda Theiss, Administrative Assistant & Case Manager 

Linda serves as a general administrative assistant for the United Way and takes the lead on people in need who call or come into the office, lining up assistance, making referrals, tracking assistance, following up with clients about success, and other similar tasks. In her spare time, Linda enjoys volunteering and gardening.