Staff Members


Sarah Kicmal
President & CEO


Sarah has worked at United Way of Southwest Minnesota since July of 2015. She resides in Walnut Grove, MN with her husband, Max, and their two boys, Mason and Colton. She enjoys playing and watching sports with her family, reading, playing piano, anything music related, and deer hunting every fall.

Fun Fact: "I do not like ranch dressing, which comes as a surprise to many people!"


Shelby Otto
Community Engagement & Education Coordinator


Shelby has worked at United Way of Southwest Minnesota since February of 2019. She resides in Hendricks, MN with her husband, Mark, and their two children, Jaide and Knox. Her hobbies include spending time with friends and family, golfing, cooking, riding motorcycle with her husband, and ice fishing.

Fun Fact: "I love watching Wheel of Fortune and fully plan on being on the show someday."


Julie DeCock
Finance & Administrative Coordinator


Julie has worked at United Way of Southwest Minnesota since July of 2005. She resides on a farm between Minneota and Ghent, MN with her husband, Bernie. She loves to read and spend time with friends and family!

Fun Fact: "I have a tendency to break into song, although I usually only know one or two lines of the song... This is good for those around me."

UWSWMN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of UWSWMN to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, or any other basis protected by federal and/or state laws or otherwise protected by UWSWMN policy.

Current Positions Available at United Way of Southwest Minnesota, including job description when applicable: We have no open positions at this time.

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