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 President, Vice President and Treasurer.  The Executive Director 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
Board Member since 2013
Lives in Marshall and works at U.S. Bank as Manager of Strategic Development

 

 

Amie Ascheman
Board Member since 2012
Serves as Community Impact Chair
Lives in Minneota and works at Runchey, Louwagie & Wellman PLLP as an attorney specializing in Family Law
 

Travis Bestge
Board Member since 2015
Lives in Marshall and works at Minnwest Bank as a Business Loan Officer

 

Mary Brau
Board Member since 2015
Lives in Lynd and works at Brau Brothers Brewing Company as General Manager

 


Jean DeGier
Board Member since 2016
Lives in Echo and works at U.S. Bank as a Senior Documentation Manager

 

Melissa Dieken
Board Member since 2016
Lives in Marshall and Works at Home

 

Kristi Flaten
Board Member since 2012
Lives in Granite Falls and works at Bursch Travel as Manager and Travel Consultant

 

Amy Herrick
Board Member since 2015
Lives in Wood Lake and works at North Star Mutual Insurance Company as a Personal Lines Assistant

 

Christie Hindbjorgen
Board Member since 2014
Serves as Success By 6 Chair
Lives in Marshall and is an Educational Consultant

 

Bethany Janachovsky
Board Member since 2015
Currently lives in Marshall and works for Schwan's Shared Services, LLC as an Instructional Designer

 

 

Krista Kopperud
Board Member since 2016
Lives in Currie and works at Southwest Health and Human Services as a Health and Human Services Planner

 

Marissa Kunde
Board Member since 2011
Lives in Marshall and is owner of Title & Abstract Services, LLC

 

Nicole Lockwood
Board Member since 2016
Lives in Marshall and works at Avera as a Registered Nurse

 

Roger Miller
Board Member since 2012
Serves as Board Treasurer
Lives in Marshall and works at Bank of the West as Area Manager

 

Tim O'Leary
Board Member since 2013
Serves as Board President
Lives in Tyler and works at Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative as General Manager

 

Melanie Pedersen
Board Member since 2016
Lives in Marshall and works at U.S. Bank as Vice President, Direction of Collections

 

Julie Pederson
Board Member since 2015
Serves as Resource Development Co-Chair
Lives in Canby and works at Sanford Canby Medical Center as Payroll Coordinator Administrator

 

Mark Schnaser
Board Member since 2014
Lives in Marshall and works at Avera Health as a Project Manager

 

Lee Steffen
Board Member since 2015
Serves as Resource Development Co-Chair
Lives in Marshall and works at Archer Daniels Midland as a Safety Specialist

 

Luke Tietz
Board Member since 2015
Serves as Board Co-Treasurer
Lives in Marshall and works at Bremer Bank as a Community Business Banker

 

Michelle Warme
Board Member since 2012
Serves as Vice President
Lives in Marshall and works for Schwan's Shared Services, LLC as Payroll Director

 

Abby Wikelius
Board Member since 2014
Lives in Marshall and works at the Lyon County Attorney's Office as an Assistant County Attorney

 

Theresa Zaske
Board Member since 2011
Serves as Past President
Lives in Rock Lake Township (rural Balaton) and works at Schwan's Shared Services, LLC as a Community Relations Manager