Board of Directors

Board members meet monthly to further the strategic work and mission of United Way of Southwest Minnesota.  They take seriously their fiduciary responsibility to make sure the resources that are entrusted to the organization are wisely used and achieve  desired results.  United Way of Southwest Minnesota board members actively participate in task forces and committees that help carry out the work of the organization.

Board members are volunteers from across the service area of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota.  There are up to 24 board members who serve three-year terms.  Each board member is eligible to serve two consecutive terms as a director.  Annually, the board elects a Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer.  The President & CEO serves as Secretary of the organization, but is not a voting member of the board.

Following is a list of the current board members, including their board position and affiliation - 

Ben Alcorn
U.S. Bank

 

 

 

Amie Ascheman
Board Chair
Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman PLLP

 

Melissa Dieken
MidCountry Bank

 

 

Michelle Doeling
Minnwest Bank 

 

 

Barry Gronke
Stoneberg, Giles & Stroup

 

 

Amy Herrick
Board Vice Chair

North Star Mutual Insurance Company

 

 

Bethany Janachovsky
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC

 

 

Joseph Karanja
Shopko

 

 

 

Krista Kopperud
Southwest Health and Human Services

 

 

Terry Kriz
Board Co-Treasurer

Runnings Supply Inc.

 

 

Nicole Lockwood
Community Impact Chair
Avera Marshall

 

Tim O'Leary
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative

 

 

Melanie Pedersen
Resource Development Chair
U.S. Bank

 

 

Dawn Schroeder
Community Volunteer

 

 

Lee Steffen
Archer Daniels Midland

 

 

 

Luke Tietz
Board Treasurer
Bremer Bank

 

 

Michelle Warme
Board Past Chair
Retired

 

 

Abby Wikelius
Lyon County Attorney's Office

 

 

Theresa Zaske
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC