President & CEO
Blakely joined United Way of Horry County in July of 2019. Blakely moved to Myrtle Beach in 2006 from Knoxville, TN, and received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University. She began her career in the Grand Strand at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce as Membership & Community Programs Manager and Chamber Liaison for gsSCENE for Young Professionals. Blakely then worked as the Assistant Director for Foundation and Marketing at Conway Medical Center. Before joining United Way, she was the Director of Administration at Habitat for Humanity of Horry County.
Blakely is a graduate of Leadership Grand Strand Class XXIX, Leadership Conway Class 2013, Nonprofit Leadership Institute at Francis Marion, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute of Organizational Management. She currently serves on Conway Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors, Nonprofit Council for the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, the Santee Cooper Customer Advisory Council, and is a member of the Community Engagement Committee for Tidelands Health. Blakely is also an active member of Chicora Rotary, where she served as President from 2017-2018, is a seven-time Paul Harris Fellow, and was a GSE Member to Parana, Brazil.
Blakely is an avid college football fan cheering on her Clemson Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers and enjoys spending time with her husband Barry and two children, Reed and Callie.
Director of Community Impact
Katie joined United Way of Horry County in November 2019 after working at Habitat for Humanity of Horry County for three years.
Katie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Coastal Carolina University in May 2016. During her time as a student, she volunteered at many different nonprofits around Horry County and in Washington D.C., making her realize that helping people is what she is supposed to do with her life. She is a part of the Grand Strand Young Professionals, a graduate of Class XLI of Leadership Grand Strand, and is now serving on the Leadership Grand Strand Board of Regents.
Katie is originally from Pennsylvania and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cheering on the Philadelphia Eagles, traveling the world, and going to the movies and concerts.
Community Resource Coordinator
Angela joined United Way of Horry County in April of 2021.
Angela grew up in North Myrtle Beach, received her human services degree in 2021, and is currently continuing her education in psychology.
She started as an intern with United Way of Horry County before being hired into her current position in December 2021 as the Administrative & Programs Coordinator.
Angela is an avid mineral collector who enjoys spending time in nature and with her 3 children.
Marketing & Events Manager
Heather joined United Way of Horry County in September 2021.
Heather grew up in Conway, South Carolina, graduated from Conway High School, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University. After graduation, she worked at Grand Strand Medical Center.
In 2016, Heather relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Alex, for several years before returning to the Grand Strand area. Upon their return, she worked as the Community Relations Coordinator for Grand Strand Medical Center.
Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and son, Luke, and watching sports in her free time.
Mandy joined United Way of Horry County in January 2022. She is from Aynor and comes with over 20+ years of finance and HR experience. Mandy was recently in the insurance business but previously had worked with Horry County Schools in payroll and benefits for 10 years.
She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Coastal Carolina University in 1999 and her MBA from Webster University in 2013.
Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, boating, and reading.
Director of Philanthropy
Tina joined United Way of Horry County in February of 2022. She moved to the Myrtle Beach area in the spring of 2020 from the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York. Tina has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. As a strong advocate for children and families, her career has focused on program development, grant writing, and fundraising.
Tina received her bachelor’s in Social Work from Keuka College. Following an internship, she was hired by The Child and Family Resource Center, where she supported families in foster care and provided parenting education for foster care families. Tina then transitioned to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester, where she was the Chief Executive Officer and worked developing resources and growing services to a five-county region for twenty years. During that time, she sat on the National Leadership Research Committee to develop school-based programming and garnered and implemented a state-wide federal grant for mentoring. Throughout her career, Tina has focused on developing resources to support the mission and needs of vulnerable families in our community.
Tina is excited to focus on cultivating meaningful relationships with individuals and corporations and connecting them with UWHC to positively support the work being done to impact our community.
AmeriCorps Program Manager
Freda joined United Way of Horry County in August of 2022. As a native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, she is a proud Myrtle Beach High School Seahawk and a Horry Georgetown Technical College graduate. In 2016 she created Rock the Stop, a community project that helped promote peace and positivity at the school bus stops for students in Myrtle Beach and Horry County. Her life mission is to help others. She is known for her dependability, integrity, and ability to inspire individuals to work smart and achieve their goals.
When not serving the community, she loves sharing humorous stories, enjoying the Carolina coast, and finding new places to travel. Alfreda enjoys connecting people, thinking of innovative ways to serve the community, graphic design, bringing a positive attitude to any situation, and influencing others to get behind a meaningful cause.
Office Administrative Specialist
Missy joined United Way of Horry County in September of 2022. She served as an AmeriCorps Member at By Grace Women’s Transitional Home in Middleburg, PA, worked for Roof Above as a Shelter Services Specialist in Charlotte, NC, and had an internship at Kaleo Missions through their homelessness initiative in Portland, OR. The housing crisis is really close to her heart!
Missy relocated to the Grand Strand in November of 2020 and is loving the snow-free life. She attends Seacoast Vineyard Church and is proud that they partner with United Way through hosting Coordinated Effort meetings and Nights of Knowledge. When she’s not outside enjoying the sunshiny, southern weather, Missy likes to read, listen to psychology podcasts, and make others smile.
She’s excited to learn about all the agencies and resources Horry County has to offer its marginalized populations and work towards improving the quality of life in this little section of the globe.