311 4th St SW, PO Box 895, Willmar, Minnesota 56201
(320) 235-1050

Board Member Information

The United Way of West Central Minnesota is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Our board of directors is responsible for making sure United Way is on the right track. They meet monthly to discuss strategic issues facing the organization. The board holds United Way of West Central Minnesota’s staff responsible for carrying out our mission. They ensure that United Way is an organization you can trust. The board is composed of individuals who live and work within our communities. Our board is independent and makes policy and funding decisions for the United Way of West Central Minnesota.


Board of Directors

Kristie Haefner – Doosan Bobcat
Javier Valenzuela – Bremer Bank
Griffin Leitch – Anderson Larson Law
Yuri Haglund – Duininck Companies
Andrew Bregar – Willmar Public Library

President: Christiana Boike – Christianson PLLP
Vice President: Hannah Douglass – Duininck Companies
Past President: Stephen Gerberding
Secretary/Treasurer: Barbara Marks – Engan Associates

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is responsible for providing financial oversight for the organization. They take a hands-on role in making financial policy recommendations to the Board and providing oversight of United Way financial operations. Members have knowledge and understanding of financial systems, and knowledge of financial statements and financial reports. They represent a broad spectrum of community values in policy discussions.

Kim Anderson – Jennie-O Turkey Store
Christina Boike – Christianson PLLP
Hannah Douglass – Duininck Companies
Barbara Marks – Engan Associates
Dean Steinwand – Kensington Bank

Community Investment Committee

The Community Investment Committee reviews and evaluates agency requests for funding. The Committee reviews and assesses Community Small Grant Applications that detail the funding requirements, performance goals, research for programs in our community, and the ability of the agency to demonstrate success and impact with the areas of Education, Health and Basic Needs. They review and participate in the Community Review process for large grant funding and in the decision making process of where funds will have the most impact in addressing the needs of our community.

Tom Zens – Center Bank
Steve Gerberding – ACMC
Barbara Marks – Engan Associates
Javier Valenzuela – Bremer Bank
Dean Steinwand – Kensington Bank