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
Community Impact Chair
Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman PLLP

 

Mary Brau
Brau Brothers Brewing Company

 

 

Jean DeGier
U.S. Bank 

 

 

Melissa Dieken
MidCountry Bank

 

 

Kristi Flaten
Bursch Travel

 

 

Amy Herrick
North Star Mutual Insurance Company

 

 

Christie Hindbjorgen
Educational Consultant

 

 

Bethany Janachovsky
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC

 

 

Krista Kopperud
Southwest Health and Human Services

 

 

Marissa Kunde
Title & Abstract Services, LLC

 

 

Nicole Lockwood
Avera Marshall

 

 

Roger Miller
Board Treasurer
Bank of the West

 

Tim O'Leary
Board Chair
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative

 

Melanie Pedersen
U.S. Bank

 

 

Julie Pederson
Resource Development Co-Chair
Sanford Canby Medical Center

 

 

Mark Schnaser
Avera Health

 

 

Lee Steffen
Resource Development Co-Chair
Archer Daniels Midland

 

 

Luke Tietz
Board Co-Treasurer
Bremer Bank

 

 

Michelle Warme
Board Vice Chair
Retired

 

 

Abby Wikelius
Lyon County Attorney's Office

 

 

Theresa Zaske
Board Past Chair
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC