Board and Staff

A volunteer Board of Directors governs United Way St. Croix Valley. The Board meets 8-10 times per year. The Executive Committee consists of the four officers (president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer). There are three standing committees of the Board (Finance, Community Impact and Resource Development) which meet as needed.

Board members are identified and recruited by the Executive Director and the Board’s Executive Committee. The goal is to maintain a Board that is representative of the communities that we serve. Board members may serve up to six years and terms are staggered to maintain continuity.

United Way St. Croix Valley has eight employees. Executive Director Ann Searles is full-time. Part-time employees are Development and Communications Director Jessica Francis, Executive Assistant Carol Joswiak, Success By 6 Coordinator Mary Sue Ash, Success By 6 Engagement Specialist Lara Otsuka, Marketing and Campaign Specialist Kate Smith, Food Resource Center Coordinator Michelle Alters and Community Impact-Family Friendly Workplace Director Tom Holland.

Board of Directors
President/Executive Committee, Development & Marketing Committee Chair
Cynthia Jahnke Personal Lines Manager Sandeen Insurance
Vice President
Ann Schilling Human Capital Partner UnitedHealthcare
Secretary
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Treasurer/Finance & Operations Chair
Steven Snell Engineering Manager Engineered Plastic Components
Past President
Dan Draxler President Bremer Bank
Board Members
Bryce Buckles Supply Chain Supervisor Andersen Corporation
James Dahl Director, LDOE (Retired) SUPERVALU, Inc.
Julie DuBois Director, Human Resource Development Andersen Corporation
Michael Gruenes Manager, Financial Mgmt. Technology Securian
Alex Holsman Clinic Director Amery Regional Medical Center
Marc Ruska Vice President - Domestic Bank Credit US Bank
Warren Schneider Director of Materials Compliance (Retired) 3M Company
Todd Sherman VP, Global Bankcard Client Services US Bank
Deanna Shimota Partner GrowthMode Marketing
Craig Swanson Retired Director Lean Six Sigma & Corporate Quality
Kevin Urbik Attorney Heywood, Cari and Anderson, S.C.

Staff

Ann Searles Ann Searles
Executive Director
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Jessica Francis Jessica Francis
Development and Communications Director
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Tom Holland Tom Holland
Community Impact-Family Friendly Workplace Director
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Michelle Alters Michelle Alters
Food Resource Center Coordinator
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Mary Sue Ash Mary Sue Ash
Success By 6 Coordinator
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Carol Joswiak Carol Joswiak
Executive Assistant
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Lara Otsuka Lara Otsuka
Success By 6 Engagement Specialist
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Kate Smith Kate Smith
Marketing and Campaign Specialist
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