In his role, Ernest will lead the volunteers in the fundraising effort.
Ernest has been a supporter of the United Way as a member of the Tocqueville Society and in promoting the organization within Cessna
That resulted in a 20 percent increase in giving by Cessna employees.
“Being a native of Kansas and a longtime supporter of the United Way, I know the valuable role and impact the agency makes right here at home,” Ernest said in a statement. “I am honored to serve as this year’s campaign chair and know the contributions of each person change lives every day for our neighbors and colleagues.”