Our Team

United Way of Greater Texarkana staff is dedicated to furthering our mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community to advance the common good in the Greater Texarkana area.


Mark L. Bledsoe,

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mark Bledsoe joined United Way of Greater Texarkana (UWGT) as President & CEO in July of 2014. Prior to joining UWGT, Mark served as Vice President of Operations for the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce for nearly five years tackling a variety of projects aimed at bettering Texarkana's quality of life. Mark enjoyed a successful career in real estate for 12 years as a broker/owner of one of Texarkana's largest firms, prior to joining the Chamber. Throughout his career, he has been active in serving both the community and region in which he lives. Mark is a lifelong resident of the Texarkana area. He graduated with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University- Texarkana. Mark actively serves on the boards of Texas A&M University--Texarkana (Alumni Board), Texarkana College (Office Careers Advisory Board), Texarkana Area Community Foundation, Keep Texarkana Beautiful, and Executive Directors Forum. He is currently a member of Kiwanis and F&AM, Masonic Lodge #341, and is a graduate of Leadership Texarkana. He has been active as a soccer coach in the Texarkana Soccer Association and basketball coach in both the Pleasant Grove Youth Association (PGYA) and TISD Intramurals. Mark is married to Keely (Williams) and has two wonderful daughters, Blaire and Marlee. Mark and his family reside in Texarkana and attend Williams Memorial United Methodist Church.


Molly E. Riley,

Vice President of Marketing and Fundraising

Molly joined United Way of Greater Texarkana (UWGT) as Resource Development Coordinator on May 4, 2015. She previously worked as a field representative on Greg Abbott’s Campaign for Texas governor. While on the campaign Molly was able to meet and work with numerous individuals throughout our community and others as well. It was a mixture of her experience with the campaign and her previous work as an editorial assistant at Four States Living Magazine that led Molly to UWGT. She has a passion for people and enjoys working for the non-profit community. Born and raised in Texarkana, Molly is a 2007 graduate of Arkansas High School. She attended Texarkana College and Texas A&M University-Texarkana where she later received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication in 2010. She is married to her long time sweetheart and best friend Patrick Riley. Molly is excited about joining the UWGT team and looks forward to being involved in the community through volunteer efforts and community impact.


Jamie J. Branson,

Office Administrator

Jamie joined United Way of Greater Texarkana (UWGT) as an Office Administrator on July 23, 2020. 

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