The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 16, 2011

United she stands

Richards puts on a variety of hats in the community

By Kasey Fowler, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

— For the last 14 years, Ronna Richards has been the person who answers the phones and greets clients and organization representatives to the United Way offices.

Richards holds the title of administrative assistant for United Way, but she will do anything to help out the other employees at the office, said Sean Byrne, executive director of United Way.

“I help organize the chili cook-off, I keep the books, help organize the campaign for payroll deductions. I work with the volunteers. I work with the agencies when they need help,” Richards said.

“Right now, we are in budget allocation time, and sometimes the agencies call with questions. I try to help them, and if I can’t I give them to Sean.”

Before Richards worked for United Way, she and her mother helped organize golf tournaments, experience that made her the perfect choice to head the agency’s fundraising golf tournament.

Richards and her husband, Glenn, moved to Enid 36 years ago, shortly after graduating from college and getting married.

“Enid is a wonderful community,” Richards said.

In addition to her work at United Way, Richards is involved in church and local activities.

“I’m actively involved in my church, Davis Park Christian Church. I help run the sound booth. We helped with vacation bible school for years,” she said. “I am a member of the ladies golf association at Pheasant Run and try to play with them as much as possible.”

Richards said she also spends as much time as she can with her family.

“I am a mother and grandmother. I like to spend time with my children and grandchildren,” Richards said, adding she has two children and five grandchildren. “We can’t hardly go a week without seeing them.”

Richards and her daughter have teamed to make and decorate cakes. They spend time together planning and making cakes such as dragons, racecars and superheroes.