David E. Casper III
David E. Casper III is a Union County native. He graduated from Sun Valley High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wingate University. Before joining Union Diversified Industries, Inc. in January of 2018 as the Chief Operational Officer, David worked in various capacities for Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina & Virginia, Inc. and Agape Youth and Family Services. David has been in non-profit management and executive leadership for over 17 years and was appointed as the Executive Director of Union Diversified Industries Inc. in summer of 2019.
Throughout his career, David has been very active in training staff to successfully work with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. As a previously certified instructor of courses such as North Carolina Interventions, Preventing and Managing Aggressive Behaviors, and Lifting/Transferring and a current Red Cross Certified Instructor of First Aid/CPR/AED for adults, children, and infants, David has provided training to individuals who continue to make a daily impact in Union County and surrounding areas. David is also a master trainer and co-author of Minimal Intrusive Intervention Techniques, which is a North Carolina approved curriculum on prevention and alternatives to restrictive interventions, seclusion, restraint, and isolation/timeout.
Outside of his work in the IDD/MH/SU field, David is an internationally licensed and ordained minister through the National Freewill Baptist Association and has held numerous roles within the local Beaver Creek Association (chapter) of the South Carolina FWB Association. David has worked as a church planter and continues his pastoral work at a church in Monroe.
David, his wife, and their son reside in Union County. He enjoys hunting, boating, woodworking, and spending time with his family. David is a member of the Monroe Rotary Club, Union County Chamber of Commerce, and the UCOC Young Professionals of Union County. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Monroe Rotary Club, the Union County Transportation Advisory Board, and the Advisory Committee for the Union County Boys and Girls Club. David was awarded the 2020 Trail Blazer Award by Business North Carolina.
Connor arrived at UDI in 2018 already boasting a wide range of experience. After attending technical school for auto mechanics, Connor held jobs as a stone mason, a steel fabricator and even as the operator of a small landscaping company. Yet despite Connor’s many achievements professionally, he felt restless and unsatisfied. Upon interviewing for a position at UDI, he knew immediately that it was where he was meant to be. His favorite part about working at UDI is leaving everyday knowing that he has made a difference. When he is not working, Connor enjoys spending time with his wife, relaxing in the great outdoors, and being involved at his church.
Tamara Smith is from Lake City South Carolina. She has a BA as well as a MBA. Tamara became the Program Manager for Union Diversified Industries in June of 2022. Previously, she held roles in criminal justice, mental health and intellectual/developmental disability organizations. Combined, Tamara has over 23 years experience serving communities, individuals and families. Mrs. Smith is an advocate for individuals with mental health and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is a former college athlete who continues to hold various records in basketball at the University of South Carolina-Upstate. Outside of work, Tamara is an ambitious speaker known for inspiring and motivating people from various backgrounds. One of her ultimate goals is to use her God-given talent as a speaker to inspire, motivate and promote positive change in the lives of those she encounters.
Keisha was born and raised in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in Newark, NJ with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. Keisha aspired to become a marriage and family therapist, but landed a job in 2002 at a day program as a direct care staff working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She quickly fell in love with the population and felt that it was the path meant for her. Keisha worked her way up became a supervisor of the program; and later, worked as a behavior specialist before eventually becoming a case manager with the state. Keisha and her family moved to Monroe, NC in 2015; and, she began working at UDI in September 2021. Her favorite part about working at UDI is that she gets to combine her two passions of case management and daily interaction with clients and staff. When she is not serving at UDI, Keisha enjoys gardening and trying out different baking recipes.
Michael is a North Carolina native, being born in Charlotte and attending high school in Concord. He spent many of the formative years of his life either on the basketball court or at his church. Upon completing his education, Michael was poised to make a name for himself in the sports media industry. His first job out of college allowed him to travel writing and shooting video on the nation’s top high school basketball stars. Yet despite landing what seemed like his dream job, Michael felt unfulfilled and sensed a different calling on his life. He interviewed for a position at UDI in March 2020 and knew immediately that it was where he was meant to be. Michael’s favorite part about working at UDI is the many laughs and smiles he gains every day by working with his favorite people in the world.