Interim President/CEO to start January 3

Carol Wheeler Named as Interim President/CEO

Seasoned United Way Volunteer will start January 3

2012 file photo/The Capital-Journal

December 15, 2016 (Topeka, Kan.) –  The board of directors for United Way of Greater Topeka has named Carol Wheeler as the organization’s interim president/chief executive officer.

Wheeler retired from Stormont Vail Health in 2015 after 45 years with the organization. She started as a nurse and was steadily given increased responsibilities until retiring as vice president and professional services officer.

In addition to her work at Stormont Vail Health, Wheeler has been actively involved in the community. She has served on the board of directors for a number of organizations, including American Red Cross, Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Kansas Heart Association, Rotary Club of Topeka, Topeka Symphony Orchestra and YWCA.

“I believe in the work United Way does here in the greater Topeka community and look forward to the opportunity to play a role in advancing that work,” Wheeler said. “The impact this work has made in our community is making positive sustainable changes and truly improving the lives of our neighbors and members of this community.”

United Way of Greater Topeka has benefitted from Wheeler’s volunteer involvement through the years. In addition to serving on the United Way board, Wheeler has chaired the Resource Development Committee and served on community investment panels. She also led the 2012 workplace campaign as chairman.

“The board of directors is pleased to have Carol stepping in to continue our work in the community through this transitional time,” said Larry Robbins, board chair for United Way of Greater Topeka. “Carol brings a depth of knowledge about the United Way organization and years of successful leadership experience that will prove beneficial to our staff, volunteers and donors.”

Wheeler will start her new role on January 3, 2017.



Our Vision: Connected individuals and families maximizing their full potential.
Our Mission: To achieve positive sustainable change through education, financial stability and health for everyone in our community.

United Way brings together people, companies and nonprofits to focus on building a brighter future. United Way remains dedicated supporting Basic Needs including food, rent and utilities, health and prescription access and safety from domestic violence. For more than 80 years United Way of Greater Topeka has been improving and changing lives. Since 1980, United Way has invested more than $110 million into the community.