CONNECT. SERVE. LEAD. Do you have a desire to grow in leadership skills by making a difference in your community? This United Way group advances our community through service, connection, and leadership by taking part in professional development through family- friendly networking events, volunteering opportunities and innovative leadership training. The Emerging Leaders Society also plans and produces United Way’s Annual Comedy Night. An event unlike any other in the East TN Highlands region, this family-friendly comedy night features multiple stand up comedians, a dessert bar, non-alcoholic beverages, a silent auction and a cash bar available. Typically held in late February, the exact date for 2021 has yet to be determined.


Our Emerging Leaders are local men and women who are on a growth path in their career and in the community. If you’re looking for a way to get more involved with your community or to expand your personal and professional circle then you should consider joining our Emerging Leaders Society.

United Way Emerging Leaders
United Way of East TN Highlands Emerging Leaders

Cristi Blalock – Emerging Leaders Chair

Cristi Blalock is currently serving as the Emerging Leaders Chair. Cristi works as the Services Coordinator for Employment Services at Frontier Health. She has deep ties in the region having lived and worked in Washington County all her life. Cristi has an instrumental role in the growth of employment services for people with behavioral health disabilities in our region.

Cristi was awarded Healthcare Hero in 2018. She received an IPS statewide award in 2016 for her work as a Supervisor and the implementation of the services at Frontier Health. She also sits on the Tennessee Governor’s Task Force to advocate for making sure employment is available for all people in Tennessee. Cristi is a member of the Board of Directors for the Junior League Of Johnson City. In her free time, she enjoys running, spending time with her husband and son, and watching baseball.



United Way of East TN Highlands fights for the health of our community by partnering with programs that provide physical, dental and mental health care to our most vulnerable neighbors.


United Way of East TN Highlands fights for the education of our community by partnering with programs that work to ensure that children and teens have access to the materials, instruction and support they need to be successful students.

Financial Stability

United Way of East TN Highlands fights or the financial stability of our community by partnering with programs that assist individuals and families with basic necessities as well as career training, financial management skills and protection for the elderly from financial abuse.


United Way brings communities together to focus on the most important human needs-building partnerships, forging consensus and leveraging resources to make a measurable difference.


United Way of East TN Highlands serves Washington, Carter, Johnson & Southern Sullivan Counties of Northeast Tennessee.

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