Chris Hayes

Director of Donor Relations, Marketing & Strategy
(706) 602-5546


Chris lives in Emerson, GA with his wife, Brittany, and their daughter, Addison. Chris holds a bachelor's degree from Berry College in Communications and a Master's Degree in Leadership from Liberty University. Chris spent over a decade working in child welfare, primarily in foster care and adoption before changing career paths in 2018 when he took over as Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for Chick-fil-A in Calhoun. After three years there and getting to know this community really well, he decided to stay and then became the Director of Donor Relations & Strategy at United Way in June of 2021 and has had a blast using his creative gifts and people skills to grow the work of United Way, raise more money, and grow strategic relationships within this great community. Chris is an avid musician, singer, and worship leader and even has an album. He also is a sports lover and a die-hard fan of the World Champion Atlanta Braves, Back to Back National Champion Georgia Bulldogs, and Atlanta Falcons. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, playing golf, working at Three Rivers Church, playing music, and recording the Theology In the Dirt podcast. We are so glad to have Chris on our team!

Start Date: June 2021