Our Staff

Michelle Purl

Michelle Purl, President / CEO

(318) 443-7203, extension 6 / michelle@uwcl.org

Michelle Purl is originally from Minnesota but has called Florida home for 32 years.  A graduate from Florida State University, she started her nonprofit career working on a wagon train with delinquent youth and has worked with Boys & Girls Club, counseled abused children, and was a Child Protection investigator.  In her 4 ½ years at United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties she helped to establish their Master Teacher program and transformed their fundraising to a modern campaign style.   She is dedicated to her family, and they can often be found volunteering in the community with her.  Creating change is never easy but working collectively we can have better insight, solutions, and resources. She became the CEO of United Way of Central Louisiana in 2021 and is excited to be a part of the community.  Check out her TedTalk:  The Business of Charity.    


Debbie Dove, Director of Operations 

(318) 443-7203, extension 5 / debbie@uwcl.org

Debbie began with our United Way in 1988, so she knows how things work (and how they don't!). Born in Alexandria, Debbie graduated from Holy Savior Menard Central High School. Debbie has graced our United Way staff by filling many roles and wearing a multitude of hats, all while being extraordinarily helpful to the rest of us!


Director of Community Investment

(318) 443-7203, extension 2 /


Campaign Coordinator

(318) 443-7203, extension 1 / 


Katherine Jennings, 2-1-1 Care and Referral Coordinator

(318) 443-7203, extension 3 / katherine@uwcl.org


Yolanda Vanzant, V.I.T.A. Program Coordinator

(318) 443-7203, extension 7 / yolanda@uwcl.org

Yolanda brings years of tax service to our organization.  She began her work many years ago through the V.I.T.A. program by being a volunteer and later owned her own tax location.  She said she always wished she could do taxes for people without charging them a fee and feels that her return to the V.I.T.A. program is bringing it full circle.