Our Staff

Kevin Russell


Kevin joined the United way team in October 2018. A native of Melbourne, Florida, Kevin previously worked for GE Healthcare before retiring in 2017 after eighteen years with the company. Kevin also served on the UWFC Board of Directors for five years and during his time on the board, he held the positions of CIC Chair and Campaign Chair. Kevin received undergraduate degree in Management from the University of Central Florida. He is married to wife, Cindy, and has three children, Kyle, Jordan, and Jamie.

Deborah Mantone

Finance Director

Deb joined the team in November 2019. Deb previously worked for GE Healthcare before retiring in 2019 after thirty-three years with the company.  She is a Girl Scout and was previously a troop leader.  She volunteers with Prayer Shawl Ministry currently.  She is excited to use her experience in processes and finance at the Modern United Way. Deb received undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vermont and a Masters of Management Finance Analysis from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She is married to, Tony and has two wonderful adult children, Angelina Hurley (married to Charles) and AJ.

Michelle Byers Brown

Director of Campaign and Donor Relations

Michelle joined the United Way of Florence County in March of 2020.  She grew up outside of Atlanta, Georgia but has been a long-time resident of the Pee Dee and considers Florence home.  Prior to coming to work with United Way Michelle was a Community Relations Manager.  She also previously worked in Development for a private school as well as working with The Morning News in marketing/advertising along with many volunteer activities supporting our community.  She studied Interior Design at Winthrop University and a holds a degree in Management. Michelle lives with her husband David and youngest son, Sam, a Freshman at Wofford College. She is also blessed with a wonderful daughter and Son-in-Law, Piper & Christopher McAfee, and her oldest son, John.

Farris Lupo

Operations and Agency Director

Farris came to us in January 2015. She and her small family recently relocated to Florence from Lexington, SC. Originally from Dillon, SC, she is excited to be back in the Pee Dee and looking forward to her work with the United Way of Florence County. Farris obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Clemson University in 2005. She comes to us from Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission where she enjoyed working with and for senior citizens. She has been married for eight years to husband Kenneth, and they have a five year old son named Baze.

Jenna Nance

Marketing Manager

Jenna obtained her Bachelors' of Science  in Psychology from Francis Marion University and joined the United Way of Florence County team in March 2020. She has worked with multiple non-profits during her undergraduate career and looks forward to continuing her work with United Way. She is native to Florence, SC and is eager to impact the community that has given her so much.

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1621 W. Palmetto Street
Florence, SC 29501


(843) 662-2407

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