Staff

Debi Pennington
President & CEO
Debi@RCUW.org
(928) 855-6333 ext. 102
(928) 683-4270 Direct

Debi Pennington joins River Cities United Way as President/CEO after serving as Mohave County Campus Regional Director for Better Business Bureau. Her prior successes include working as the Educational Director for Interagency Council of Social Services, where she led over seven educational programs, collaborated with local leaders to optimize outreach, worked with organizations to establish services, and evaluated the impact of community programs. Pennington holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Arizona State University.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Pennington and her two daughters relocated to Lake Havasu City. In her free time, she volunteers for a variety of local events and currently serves as an ambassador for the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce.


Ashley Wood
Community Impact Director
Ashley@RCUW.org
(928) 855-6333 ext. 105
(928) 233-8816 Direct

Ashley has served as Community Impact Director for River Cities United Way for over 10 years. She focuses on Community needs and impacts, which is important to her since she was born and raised in the community and raising two boys of her own. She has had an interest in community services since the young age of 6 when she first started with the Girl Scouts. By the time she was in high school, she was leading in the role of Secretary for the Arizona Youth Commission. Her focus on overseeing partner agencies took and the struggle many face in finding out how to navigate the local resources, personal finances, and organization to support a family as a single parent helped promote the idea of expanding the services beyond funding to partner agencies to becoming a facilitator of the Living Thrifty Resourceful and Empowered workshops. These workshops are part topics she was taught through coaching training and part from personal experiences. She loves to save money, cut costs, and help others. As the Community Impact Director she reviews the partner agency reporting, writes grants, assists in fundraising, and the allocations for partners. She recently accepted the role as the La Paz Mohave Oral Health Coalition Chair, oversees the La Paz Mohave Oral Health Coalition, the La Paz FEMA Board, and is a member of the Arizona Oral Health Steering Committee. In her spare time, she enjoys couponing, going to the beach with her family, and traveling as often as she can afford to.


Robert Starkey
Director of Marketing
Robert@RCUW.org
(928) 855-6333 ext. 103
(928) 233-8811 Direct

Robert moved to Lake Havasu City 15 years ago from San Diego, California and has served River Cities United Way for the past 7 years in the capacity of Director of Marketing.  As such, his primary role is to ensure proper brand alignment within guidelines set by United Way worldwide; Develop, oversee and implement marketing strategies for all segments including campaign, special events, community impact and more; as well as oversee the design and maintenance of RCUW's website.


Carol Nicolaysen
Finance/Admin
Carol@RCUW.org
(928) 855-6333 ext. 106
(928) 436-8827 Direct

Born in San Louis Obispo, CA and raised Santa Barbara, CA where she lived until her late 20's before she and her husband moved in 1984 to Sacramento, CA. both for jobs, her's with California Water Resources Association (6 years), switched over to Northern California Water Association. After that she joined California Farm Water Coalition, moves over to an Association Management Company (3 years), served 14 years with National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisers (California), moving to Lake Havasu City in 2001 for her husband's new job, and after a year off - she joined River Cities United Way.

When Carol isn't buried in her admin and finance job here at River Cities United Way, she enjoys reading and needle point.


Missy Wood
Finance/Admin
Missy@RCUW.org
(928) 855-6333 ext. 104
(928) 436-8847 Direct


Maria Gonzales
Kingman Community Impact
Maria@RCUW.org
(928) 753-6720 ext. 202
(928) 436-8155 Direct

Maria was born in Winslow Arizona where she lived most of her life, before moving to Phoenix going to college to become graduate as a Medical Assistant in 1996.  Shortly after graduating she moved to Atascadero California working as a medical assistant until 2000 when she moved back to Winslow, met her husband, and raised her two sons. In July 2007 Maria and her family moved to Kingman to help her ill mother.

In 2011 Maria began working part-time for both The Salvation Army and the Library.  Wanting to help even more she applied for and was hired on with River Cities United Way in January 2018.