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 to achieve desired outcomes.  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 United Way of Southwest Minnesota service area.  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


Dion Caron
Marshall Public Schools


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
U.S. Bank



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


Abby Wikelius
Lyon County Attorney's Office



Theresa Zaske
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC