United Community Services of Johnson County, Inc.
12351 West 96th Terrace
Suite 200
Lenexa KS 66215
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 438-4764
Mission Statement

United Community Services of Johnson County provides data analysis, leads collaborative planning and mobilizes resources to enhance the availability and delivery of health and human services.

CEO/Executive Director Julie Brewer
Board Chair Mike Hockley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spencer Fane, LLP
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

United Community Services of Johnson County provides data analysis, leads collaborative planning and mobilizes resources to enhance the availability and delivery of health and human services.

Background Statement The availability of human services reflects a community's commitment to the unique needs of its residents. Civic leaders in the mid-1960s recognized that the burgeoning Johnson County, Kansas suburb would benefit from a well-planned, coordinated human service response. During its first two decades, UCS was instrumental in creating a dozen nonprofit agencies to address unmet needs. As the community human service system evolved, UCS shifted its efforts to bolstering existing services through community-wide strategic planning and service integration strategies. UCS has published more than 40 landmark studies, convened hundreds of meetings to improve service coordination, managed the allocation of more than $50 million dollars, leveraged federal, state and local resources to support human service programs, led improvements in dozens of issue areas, successfully advocated for public policy changes, and informed thousands of people about needs in Johnson County. Working with individuals and groups, ranging from United Way, city and county governments to human service providers, school districts and advocacy agencies to committed civic leaders and private citizens, UCS has been the catalyst for creating lasting improvements that benefit the community’s most vulnerable residents.
Impact Statement
For nearly 50 years, UCS has been the catalyst and resource to ensure that the human service system meets the needs of Johnson County residents. Through research and community-based planning, UCS identifies the critical human needs that most impact the community and uses those findings to inform decision-makers, guide resource allocation and advance positive community action to improve the quality of life. UCS' impact is demonstrated by the number of individuals and organizations that are committed to working collectively to improve human services, the body of published research that documents human service needs, public policy advances and the array of services available in Johnson County that have been established through UCS action.
Accomplishments for 2016 include managing the allocation of more than $2 million dollars in partnership with local government; raising awareness of human service issues, which includes hosting a Human Service Summit attended by 150 people; and improving human service delivery, which includes convening the county-wide continuum of care on homelessness and facilitating a children's coordinating council. Additionally, through a grant from the McGowan Foundation, UCS launched the Employment Planning Project to assess factors related to increasing access to training, education and employment opportunities for residents who work, but do not make enough money to meet basic needs and provide recommendations for expanding household-sustaining jobs for Johnson County residents. The final report will be released in 2017. UCS has been engaged in a special project since 2011 to facilitate the Johnson County Trauma Informed Care Task Force. The 20-member task force is learning about and implementing the principles of trauma informed care. Finally, With funding support from a grant through Kansas’ 10th Judicial District, UCS conducted research regarding transitional age youth and published From Foster Care to Independence, an assessment of best practices to support youth who age out of foster care. This planning work will be expanded in 2017.
Needs Statement
  1. Raising awareness of growing poverty in Johnson County, KS through qualitative and quantitative research.  
  2. Advocating for a comprehensive network of human service programs to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
  3. Convening community partners to maximize effectiveness and build capacity of the human service system.
  4. Engaging new community partners, such as places of worship and businesses, to work with the human service sector.  
  5. Maintaining organizational capacity to deliver quality services.
Service Categories
Human Services NEC
Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Management & Technical Assistance
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
UCS plays an important role in the community as a convener, an educator, and an advocate for those receiving and providing human services in Johnson County.   The board of directors of UCS provides the governance, planning and directional guidance for the organization and the UCS staff.   In 2017, the  UCS will celebrate the organization's 50th Anniversary and the board  will initiate a strategic planning process to help the organization identify UCS' intended impact for the next 50 years. 
We are very fortunate to have an experienced and dedicated staff at UCS which makes for a strong partnership with our  board of directors.  This combination of organizational leadership will allow UCS to continue to provide the community guidance and leadership in the area of human services into the future.
Description UCS acts as a catalyst for positive community change by providing information on the current and emerging needs in our community and bringing diverse organizations and interests together to improve the human service response in Johnson County, Kansas. Strategies include convening, mobilizing, leveraging resources, advocacy and research. UCS manages ongoing collaborations to address poverty/homelessness, children/family issues and substance abuse.  Additionally, UCS tackles emerging issues.  In 2011, UCS initiated work in the area of trauma-informed care.  A task force facilitated by UCS grew to 20-members in 2014.  The group continues to work to implement trauma-informed principles and practices in their organizations.  In 2014, UCS began working in partnership with Johnson County Government to develop a comprehensive plan to address poverty in the county.  This work will continue throughout 2016.
Program Budget $335,200.00
Category Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified, At-Risk Populations,
Short-Term Success UCS engages in a variety of activities under this program. Activities range from convening community collaborations to publishing reports on human service trends and recommendations for service system improvements, to advocating for policy changes that improve outcomes for individuals and families.
Long-Term Success Key stakeholders (human service providers and decision-makers) learn about human service issues and ways to respond. Key stakeholders improve response county-wide to human services. Key stakeholders target financial resources to priority human service issues.
Program Success Monitored By UCS monitors the number of key stakeholders who have new knowledge about human service issues and ways to respond, the number of improvements made as a result of UCS activities, and the dollar amount leveraged or targeted to priority human service issues. This information is collected from participant surveys, one-on-one interviews and staff reports.
Examples of Program Success
The following data is from a recent survey of Continuum of Care on Homelessness facilitated by UCS. 
  • 100% agree the Collaboration increased knowledge of human service issues/resources. 
  • 89% agree the Collaboration strengthened organization's relationship with other participating organizations. 
  • 87% agree the human service response in Johnson County has improved because of the Collaboration. 
  • 94% agree the Collaboration is an effective use of organization's time.  
CEO Comments Through community planning strategies, UCS identifies the critical human needs that most impact the Johnson County, Kansas community and uses those findings to inform decision-makers, guide resource allocation and advance community action.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Julie Brewer
Term Start May 2016
Compensation $75,001 - $100,000

Julie Brewer is the Executive Director of UCS. Julie has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Prior to relocating to Johnson County in 2011, Julie was the first Chief Operating Officer of the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, a newly created political subdivision tasked with closing the achievement gap amongst students in poverty, English language learners, and students experiencing high mobility in the eleven-member school district region of the greater Omaha metropolitan area, representing more than 110,000 public school students. Additionally, she led annual giving, endowment and major gifts programs at the United Way of the Quad Cities in Iowa/Illinois and provided consulting services, including strategic planning, to nonprofits for more than a decade. She has also directed public relations, advertising, and marketing programs for both nonprofit and private sector organizations. Julie joined the UCS team in 2016.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Wilma Dickey Mar 1988 - Feb 1988
Karen Wulfkuhle Dec 1993 - Dec 1993
Senior Staff
Title Director for Community Initiatives
Experience/Biography Marya has been employed at UCS since 2002. Primary responsibilities include facilitating the Children's Coordinating Council and its collaborative activities to improve outcomes for at-risk children and their families;  and facilitating the Drug and Alcoholism Council, a collaborative project with local government.
Title Director for Community Planning
Experience/Biography Valorie joined the UCS team in January of 2008.  Valorie is responsible for the Continuum of Care on Homelessness and the Trauma Informed Care project. Additionally, Valorie conducts research and analysis.
Paid Full-Time Staff 5
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 85
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 5
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
UCS is the lead agency for many of the human service on-going collaborations in Johnson County, including the Children's Coordinating Council, Drug and Alcoholism Council, and Continuum of Care on Homelessness.   Additionally, UCS facilitates short-term collaborative efforts, such as the Trauma-Informed Care Task Force and Employment Planning Project. 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

UCS has experienced staff that are guided by sound policies established by the board of directors.  The board adopted a strategic plan in June 2012 and recently re-affirmed the plan.  A new strategic plan will be developed in 2017.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mike Hockley
Company Affiliation Spencer Fane, LLP
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email mhockley@spencerfane.com
Board Members
Ms. Kate Allen JCCC
Mr. Brian Brown Axiom Healthcare
Ms. Jennifer Bruning Community Volunteer
Ms. Tara S. Eberline Foulston Siefkin, LLP
Ms. Cheryl Harrison-Lee
Mr. Mike Hockley Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP
Mr. Lee Jost Pastor
Ms. Roxann Kerr Lindsey
Ms. Donna Lauffer Community Volunteer
Ms. Janis McMillen Community Volunteer
Mr. Justin Nichols Lathrop & Gage Law Firm
Mr. Leo J. Nunnink UMB Bank
Mr. Thomas Robinett Academy of Family Physicians
Ms. Sandra Sanchez KU School of Nursing
Mr. Paul Snider KCP&L
Mr. Maury Thompson Johnson County Government
Mr. Kevin Tubbesing The Land Source
Mr. Rick Worrel
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Advisory Board Members
Mr. Gary Anderson Gilmore & Bell
Ms. Mary Birch Lathrop & Gage
Dick Bond Former State Senator
Pat Colloton Former State Legislator
Dr. David Cook Johnson County Community College
Hon. Peggy Dunn Mayor, City of Leawood
Chairman Ed Eilert Chair, Johnson County Commissioners
Jeff Ellis Lathrop & Gage
SuEllen Fried Community Volunteer
Ms. Ellen Hanson Kansas City Kansas Police Department
Terrie Huntington
Audrey Langworthy Former State Senator
Ms. Jill Quigley
Mr. Clint Robinson Black & Veatch
Carol Sader Community Volunteer
Dr. Joseph Sopcich Johnson County Community College
Mr. Brad Stratton Overland Park Wealth Management
Charlie Sunderland Ash Grove Cement
Dr. Elaine Tatham ETC
Hon. Stephen Tatum District Court Judge
David Warm Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Dr. Ron Wimmer School Superintendent
Hannes Zacharias Johnson County Government
CEO Comments UCS was started 50 years ago as a planning partner of United Way and received all of its funding from United Way.  Today, UCS receives one-third of its funding from United Way and one-third from local government sources.  To raise the other one-third, UCS seeks donations and grants.  In addition to its operating budget, UCS manages a fund contributed by local government for distribution to local nonprofit agencies.  This pool of dollars (approximately $301,965) is included in UCS audit and IRS 990. 
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $917,304
Projected Expenses $917,304
Endowment Value $301,453
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$340,670$346,100$331,800
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,486$6,225$6,935
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$681,129$611,625$663,500
Administration Expense$78,553$56,195$58,767
Fundraising Expense$5,014$3,587$3,752
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.101.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%91%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$866,218$952,859$895,486
Current Assets$356,544$796,488$890,454
Long-Term Liabilities$6,800$0$0
Current Liabilities$171,329$159,875$170,871
Total Net Assets$688,089$792,984$724,615
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.084.985.21
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCounty of Johnson County, KS $169,389County of Johnson County, KS $174,250County of Johnson County, Kansas $184,250
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of Overland Park, KS $63,610United Way of Greater Kansas City $165,000United Way of Greater Kansas City $165,196
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of Olathe, KS $33,270Alcohol Tax Fund $101,984Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City $89,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

UCS was started 49 years ago as a planning partner of United Way and received all of its funding from United Way.  Today, UCS receives one-third of its funding from United Way and one-third from local government sources.  To raise the other one-third, UCS needs to identify new sources including foundations, businesses and individuals.  In addition to its operating budget, UCS manages a fund contributed by local government for distribution to local nonprofit agencies.  This pool of dollars (approximately $268,000) is included in UCS audit and IRS 990.   

Organization Name United Community Services of Johnson County, Inc.
Address 12351 West 96th Terrace
Suite 200
Lenexa, KS 66215
Primary Phone (913) 438-4764
Contact Email ucsjoco@ucsjoco.org
CEO/Executive Director Julie Brewer
Board Chair Mike Hockley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Spencer Fane, LLP
Year of Incorporation 1967