Katie Pompay
Executive Director, Helen's Hope Chest
A Phoenix native, Katie comes to Mesa United Way with a background in project management and design. After receiving her degree from Southern Utah University she spent some time in New Orleans before settling back in Arizona with her husband and two daughters. Katie’s passion for working with youth in foster care began with the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. While there she worked directly with transition age youth to help them develop career goals and employment skills. She still volunteers as a mentor with the AFFCF Keys to Success program. “You can’t change the world, but you can make a dent.”

Vivian Wood
Manager, Helen's Hope Chest
Vivian is a New Jersey native and earned her BA from North Carolina State University. She worked for American Airlines for 17 years before retiring to be a stay-at-home mom to her three children. Vivian started with Helen's Hope Chest in 2013. She loves to travel the world, read and meet new people. 


Mary Elliot
Manager, Helen's Hope Chest



Catherine Berger
Director of Community Engagement



John Zielonka
VISTA Volunteer/Foster Care Community Outreach Coordinator
As a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University with degrees in Political Science, International Relations, and English, John looks forward to beginning his professional life in service to his hometown of Mesa. In his free time, John enjoys playing guitar and discovering great music – both new and old. It was through his love of music that John was inspired to pursue an education that allowed him to explore the history and significance of different cultures and people.

Volunteer Staff

Bob Schuster
Public Information Specialist
Bob retired in January 2010 from a 40-year journalism career in Arizona, including Southeast Valley Editorial Page Editor of The Arizona Republic. He and his wife Sue have raised four children, all still living in the Valley, and have six grandchildren. Besides handling publicity and the website for Mesa United Way, Bob also does volunteer work at a local charter school.