Staff Bios


Rick Owen, President

Rick Owen enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1985 and served for 27 years, eventually retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2012.  After completing his military career, he worked as Chief of Staff to the Okaloosa County Administrator where he oversaw the development of a multi-year implementation plan for expenditure of funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement, as well as various other projects. 

In 2016, Rick left county government work to begin a career with United Way, accepting the position of President & CEO, United Way Emerald Coast (formerly United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties).  Rick joined the United Way of Florida team as its President in September 2019. The United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida's 29 United Ways on Florida legislative and administrative issues and implementation of developmental programs for local United Way organizations.

He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Tallahassee and have three children, 31 year-old Nicole, who resides in Seattle; 23 year-old Corey, who serves in the Air Force; and 11 year-old Reagan.

Beth Meredith, Chief Operating Officer

Beth has been with the United Way of Florida since 1990.  She is responsible for directing, coordinating, and providing various direct services to the members and assisting with the daily management of the organization’s services, programs and finances.

A devoted Seminole fan, Beth has a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Psychology with a minor in child development.  Beth, who is originally from southern New Jersey, has been in Tallahassee since 1980.  She is married and has a 22-year old daughter, two step-sons, ages 22 and 27, and three dogs.


Julie Crump, Executive Assistant

Julie is new to the United Way of Florida, but has spent numerous years volunteering with the local United Way, as well as other charitable organizations in the Tallahassee area. 

She is responsible for member services, telephone and email inquiries, social media, board meeting logistics, as well as the President's calendar and travel. 

Julie has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Florida State University.  She has many years of previous experience in banking and working for non-profit organizations.  She and her husband, Darrell, live in Tallahassee and have two married children who also live in the area.


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