Staff Bios



Rick Owen, President & CEO

Rick OwenRick began his work with United Way in 2016, after accepting the position of President & CEO, United Way Emerald Coast (formerly United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties).  He then joined the United Way of Florida team as its President in September 2019. United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida's 28 United Ways on Florida legislative and administrative issues and implementation of developmental programs for local United Way organizations.

Rick served in the United States Air Force for 27 years in various capacities in fighter aircraft maintenance and professional military education, eventually retiring in 2012 as a Chief Master Sergeant.  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. 

He and his wife, Kimberly, reside in Tallahassee and have two adult children: Nicole, who resides in Seattle; and Corey, who serves in the Air Force in Colorado Springs.  They also have one daughter, Reagan, who still lives at home.


Beth Meredith, Chief Operating Officer

Beth MeredithBeth 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 and her husband, Jay, have three children (22 year-old Lauren, 22 year-old Matt, and 27 year-old Clay) and two dogs.




Julie Crump, Executive Assistant

Julie CrumpJulie 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.