United Way Board Member Spotlight – Lynn Stier

Tell us a little about you and your family:

I grew up in Okabena, MN (population 250) and my folks still reside there 7 months out of the year.  I am the baby of 5 children and loved growing up in a large family.  I attended college at U of MN – Morris and obtained by Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services.  I completed my Master’s Degree online through Capella University and have an MS in Organizational Management with an emphasis on Leadership.  I have been married 27+ years, husband has taught 6th grade in Willmar for 25+ years.  I have 3 children and a daughter-in-law (Dean – 23, Brooke – 21, Megan – 19 years).  Dean is married for almost a year and in grad school at SDSU, Brooke is a senior at St. Ben’s, and Megan is attending the post secondary program for special needs students at the FOCUS House in Willmar.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I worked 10 years at WCI and the past 17+ at Rice Memorial Hospital as the Rehab Center Director.  Biggest highlight of my professional career was opening our new Rehab Center in July.

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

I was the lead coordinator for our United Way at Rice Hospital for several years, and involved in United Way prior to that in my previous job.  I believe in being philanthropic and giving back in any way I can.  I believe in United Way’s vision and excited to be able to do more than just give financially.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

Seeing how even just a few dollars can make a big difference in someone’s life and how so many people, children through the elderly, are in need of various things and how we can give and keep those dollars working in our communities.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Inspiring, because United Way looks at different ways to raise awareness about the needs in our communities and inspires us to want to give!

What impresses you most about the United Way of West Central Minnesota?

The vast number of people, communities, and organizations it reaches!

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?

United Way of West Central Minnesota services OUR communities and OUR needs!

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way?

Learn about the United Way of West Central Minnesota, its Vision, and its priority funding needs.  Understand how we have many people locally who benefit from the dollars, services, programs, etc. funded by United Way, and you or a friend/family member more than likely has benefited or will benefit from these great services.

How has being a board member for United Way impacted your life?

It’s just more of an awareness and being able to speak and educate more confidently if asked questions