Emily Merritt

Emily Merritt Director of Communications & Education United Way of Greater Kingsport
Director of Communications & Education
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Director of Communications & Education

A transplant to the Tri-Cities area, Emily started work at the United Way of Greater Kingsport in the Fall of 2015 as the United WE READ Manager, tasked in bringing a cross-sector of partners together around the common vision of seeing our area 3rd graders reading proficiently.  

In 2020, Emily stepped into the newly-created role of Director of Communications & Education. Here, Emily continues to provide her leadership in our fight for the education of children & youth in our community, is growing UWGK's public-facing education on trauma-informed care, ALICE, and more, and leads the strategic organizational communications.

As a trainer for both Building Strong Brains: Tennessee’s ACEs Initiative and SAMHSA's Trauma Informed Care, Emily shares the role that life experiences play in shaping brain development with various groups in the Greater Kingsport community and beyond. Her previous work experiences of project managing, community building, teaching, event planning, and public speaking have all served to enhance the multi-dimensional and cross-sector approach of United Way of Greater Kingsport’s Community Impact and initiatives.

Emily graduated magna cum laude with a degree in piano performance from Furman University in Greenville SC, and holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Certified as an instructor of the Suzuki Method, Emily maintains an active music studio and enjoys teaching a wide variety of students: from preschoolers to adults in both private and group lessons.

With her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, singing, and traveling with her fellow pianist and medical student husband, Andrew. She holds a leadership position with Side by Side medical wives’ ministry through CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association) and is also a graduate of the Leadership Kingsport Class of 2017.