of Southwest Minnesota announces that Marcy Heemeyer will become the new
executive director of the organization. Jeremy Gossen, President of
the board of directors, stated, "The board is excited to welcome Marcy as our
new executive director. Marcy brings a great balance of experience
working in non-profit and for-profit companies. Marcy has a strong belief
in philanthropy and making communities a better place to live. This will
help United Way of Southwest Minnesota continue to focus on meeting the needs
of people in our region."
up in Springfield, MN and graduated from South Dakota State University with an
emphasis in Human Development, Family Studies and Criminal Justice. Marcy
and her husband Adam relocated to Marshall from Spearfish, SD about eight years
ago. They have a three year old son, Cash. In their spare time they
enjoy being outdoors and serving as Ambassadors for the Ronald McDonald House
of the Upper Midwest. Marcy has previously worked with The Schwan
Food Company, Project Turnabout, Western Community Action, and Black Hills
Special Services Cooperative.
said, "'Living United' is who I am. I am truly honored to be able to
serve as the next Executive Director and I look forward to continuing the
legacy that has been successfully built in Southwest Minnesota. The
opportunity to work with diverse groups of volunteers, organizations,
businesses and partners who are also committed to investing in our region, to
create lasting change and meaningful opportunities for others, excites me."
work alongside retiring executive director Ruth Ascher for several weeks to
learn about the work of the organization and to transition the position.
Ruth said, "I welcome Marcy on board and appreciate her interest in working
with people throughout this area. The goal for both of us over the next few
weeks is to have a smooth transition and so that Marcy will feel comfortable
working with this organization."
Rademacher, board member and chair of the search committee said, "We are
excited to welcome Marcy as the new executive director. Her experience
with non-profits and enthusiasm will serve her well in this role. We are
confident that she will help the organization achieve its mission of improving
the lives of people in our communities." Rademacher went on to say, "We
would like to thank Ruth for her leadership and services these past ten
years. She has done good things for the United Way and the communities of
Southwest Minnesota. We wish her the best in her approaching retirement."