Executive Director

Gaila Demel

Gaila has been involved with the Ellinwood community for more than 40 years and was inspired by the opportunities and involvement she had with UWCK as a United Way Agency in her previous position with ElderCare, Inc. Gaila quickly developed a deep passion for the charitable work and mission of her fellow not-for-profit partner agencies in her time with ElderCare and the partnership between the agencies UWCK supports.  Her 24 year career path in helping others ranges from sales and operations for a large Assisted Living provider to the front desk at the Ellinwood Grade School.  “It is my nature to help people find answers and to work hard to meet goals.”


Administrative Assistant
Paula Mauler

Paula works part-time and brings a wide variety of accounting and financial skills to the job.  She is married to Curt Mauler and they have two children, Sarah and Jenna. 

Office Coordinator
Charell Owings

Charell works part-time for UWCK.  She and her husband, Jeremy, moved to the Great Bend area in 2011 along with their two dogs, Enzo & Ellie.  Charell has taken on the Social Media promotion for United Way and also assists in planning and organizing events that UWCK puts on, as well as office support.