Board of Directors

Board members meet bi-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.


Al Castor
Lockwood Motors


Michelle Doeling
Resource Development Co-Chair
Minnwest Bank 


Julie Hartle
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC



Amy Herrick
Board Past Chair

North Star Mutual Insurance Company


Bethany Janachovsky
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC



Brian Jeremiason
Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative



Joseph Karanja
Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council



Krista Kopperud
Painted Prairie Vineyard


Terry Kriz
Board Vice Chair

Runnings Supply Inc.


See Moua-Leske
Southwest ABE


Rachel Nuese
Resource Development Co-Chair
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC


Melanie Pedersen
Board Chair
U.S. Bank


Lee Steffen
Archer Daniels Midland



Luke Tietz
Community Impact Chair
Bremer Bank


Kevin Veldhuisen
Presbytery of South Dakota


Michelle Warme



Hans Zahrbock
Western Equipment Finance