Kathy Jaeger - Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, Associate Director of Tax for Dean Dorton


At United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG), we are currently celebrating our centennial year, highlighting 100 Heroes who have been important in our fight for the basic needs, education and financial stability of our neighbors over the past century.


Kathy Jaeger is UWBG’s Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair, a Board Member and the Associate Director of Tax with Dean Dorton. Learn more about her role and relationship with United Way of the Bluegrass below!


What is your current or former role with Dean Dorton and United Way of the Bluegrass and what does a typical day look like in this role?

I am an Associate Director of Tax with Dean Dorton. I handle tax work for both individual and small businesses. Public accounting does not really have a “typical” looking day, which is one of the reasons I enjoy my job. I am the current Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair for UWBG and a current Board member. This is my second go around as the Chair of the Finance Committee.


How did the relationship between Dean Dorton and United Way of the Bluegrass begin and why do you think the relationship is important?

One of my coworkers was on the Board and asked me to join a new committee that was set up to oversee the UWBG Retirement Plan and the Investment policies for the Endowment & Investment accounts. Members of that committee also sat on the Finance Committee. I am pretty sure I have been on the Finance Committee consistently since then, which has been at least 15 or more years.


What do you think is the most special thing about United Way of the Bluegrass?

All of the work and fundraising done by UWBG stays in our local area to help the people in our communities.


In your opinion, what positive change has United Way of the Bluegrass made in the Bluegrass over the past 100 years?

Internal programs that UWBG oversees such as 211, COVID-19 Response, the new WayPoint Centers and others have been added to help fill some gaps in services that the UWBG communities needed.


Fun Questions:

If you were trying to convince someone to move to the Bluegrass area, how would you convince them?

I like to tell people that even though Lexington is one of the largest cities in the state, it still maintains a small-town feel. It can be described as a small big town or a big small town.


What is your favorite local restaurant in the Bluegrass area?

Mi Pequena Hacienda


Thank you for being such a strong part of UWBG, Kathy! We appreciate you and all that you've done and continue to do.


To learn more about how we are continuing to serve the Bluegrass in 2021, click here.
Do you know someone who has worked alongside United Way of the Bluegrass in the past century who should be considered for our 100 Heroes series? Please email us at liveunited@uwbg.org to share your nomination!
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