Maureen "Mo" Schwind, Executive Director
(She/Her/Hers) Maureen "Mo" began serving as interim executive director in October 2018, and became our executive director in January of 2019. Mo is no stranger to Burke County United Way, having 24 years of volunteer experience with the agency, including as campaign coordinator, board chair, budget and allocations chair, and special committee’s chair such as Toast of the Town. She retired with more than 31 years of combined service from Burke County government and Western Piedmont Community College. She is a graduate of Western Piedmont Community College and has a Bachelor's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Master's degree from Western Carolina University, an Education Specialist degree from Appalachian State University and an academic advising graduate certificate from Kansas State University. She is an active Rotarian with Burke Sunrise Rotary, having served as president. She is a 1+ Paul Harris Fellow, a past recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, the Rotary Star and United Way Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year.
Mo makes her home with her husband, Tracy Yancey, also a lifelong resident of Burke County. Her father, siblings, and many nieces and nephews also live locally. She enjoys spending time in the company of friends and family, gardening, and travel.
Abigail Taylor, Marketing & Campaign Manager
(She/Her/Hers) Abigail joined Burke County United Way in February 2019. She brings seven years of marketing, video production, photography, and project management experience to Burke County United Way. An Air Force brat, Abigail grew up moving around the south, finally settling in Hickory, NC before middle school. Abigail has a BFA in Motion Picture and Television Production from Western Carolina University. In 2018, Abigail began a comedy improv group called Morganton Improv which continues to offer entertainment and team building opportunities to the Burke County community. Abigail has been performing and doing improv since childhood, and believes that improv can be a powerful tool used to help people communicate, live mindfully, and work together.
Abigail also occasionally works as an adjunct film and video instructor at Western Piedmont Community College. She enjoys hiking and yoga, writing poetry, and performing with her two bands, Sycamore Bones and Fantømex.
Tayler Hyatt, Office Manager
(She/Her/Hers) Tayler joined Burke County United Way in June 2021. She is new to Burke County, having relocated from Charlotte in January 2021 with her husband, three children and Siberian Husky Milo. However, Tayler is no stranger to the mountains, originally hailing from Maggie Valley, NC. Tayler brings eight years of Hospitality and Tourism Industry experience to BCUW, and is proficiently skilled in bookkeeping, marketing, and customer relations, making her a wonderful fit for our collaborative team. Tayler is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Tayler is most passionate about working with young children and in schools, and has volunteered extensively with the Special Olympics. She loves spending her time with family and outdoors, hiking, biking and kayaking.