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 Vice Chair
Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman PLLP


Michael Berg
SFC Supply Chain, Inc.



Mary Brau
Brau Brothers Brewing Company



Melissa Dieken
MidCountry Bank



Michelle Doeling
Minnwest Bank 



Barry Gronke
Stoneberg, Giles & Stroup



Amy Herrick
Resource Development Chair

North Star Mutual Insurance Company


Bethany Janachovsky
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC



Joseph Karanja



Krista Kopperud
Southwest Health and Human Services



Terry Kriz
Runnings Supply Inc.



Nicole Lockwood
Avera Marshall



Roger Miller
Bank of the West



Michelle Noriega
Marshall Area Technical & Educational Center



Tim O'Leary
Board Past Chair
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative


Melanie Pedersen
U.S. Bank



Julie Pederson
Sanford Canby Medical Center



Dawn Schroeder
Reinhart Food Service



Lee Steffen
Community Impact Chair
Archer Daniels Midland



Luke Tietz
Board Treasurer
Bremer Bank



Michelle Warme
Board Chair


Abby Wikelius
Lyon County Attorney's Office



Theresa Zaske
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC