MEET THE TEAM

Our dedicated team at United Way Whitewater Valley works closely with our board of directors, agency partners and corporate partners to provide essential opportunities to everyone in Wayne and Union counties.

Sarah Downs
Tamara Brinkman
President

Tamara, a native to southern California, moved from Los Angeles to Centerville, IN late in 2017. She lives with her boyfriend, Chris, whom she met in Los Angeles but hails from Henry County. The move back to Indiana was to be closer to Chris’ family. Together they have 3 dogs & 7 chickens. Before relocating to Indiana, Tamara spent her career in for-profit work in the Entertainment Industry.

After relocating to Indiana, she started volunteering in the community by working as the volunteer assistant tennis coach for Lincoln High School’s girl’s tennis team in Spring 2019. In July of 2019 she was named President of the United Way Whitewater Valley. In her free time, you might find her playing Pickle Ball or tennis, cooking/baking, spending time with her family or at the “Barre”, exercise class that is…in addition to taking classes, she also teaches a couple times a week.

Sarah Downs

Sarah Downs
Operations Coordinator

Born and raised on a farm outside of small-town Williamsburg, Indiana, Sarah Downs is a tried-and-true Hoosier. She graduated from Centerville High School in 2015 and Purdue Polytechnic Richmond in 2019. Now she is the Finance and Media Coordinator at United Way of Whitewater Valley and a freelance artist on the side.

Sarah spends her free time with her plants, fish, and cats, often reading, knitting, crocheting, or recycling old to make new. She also enjoys learning and teaching about history, especially clothing and women’s part in the historical timeline.