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 seven employees. Executive Director Ann Searles is full-time. Part-time employees are Development and Communications Director Jessica Francis, Community Impact Director Tom Holland, Executive Assistant Carol Joswiak, Community Impact Coordinator Lara Otsuka, Polk County Community Impact Coordinator & giveBIG St. Croix Valley Program & Development Director Jessica Neumann and Marketing and Campaign Specialist Kate Smith.

Board of Directors

Ann Schilling
Human Resources Director
Amery Hospital

Kevin Urbik
Vice President
Heywood, Cari and Anderson, S.C.

Steven Snell
Treasurer, Finance & Operations Committee Chair
Engineering Manager
Engineered Plastic Components

Cynthia Jahnke
Past President, Executive Committee/Development & Marketing Committee Chair
Personal Lines Manager
Sandeen Insurance

Board Members

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

Josh Lindseth, Office Supervisor, WESTconsin Credit Union - New Richmond

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, Growth Mode Marketing

Craig Swanson, Director (Retired), Lean Six Sigma & Corporate Quality


Ann Searles
Executive Director

Jessica FrancisJessica Francis
Development and Communications Director

Tom HollandTom Holland
Community Impact Director



Carol JoswiakCarol Joswiak
Executive Assistant



Lara OtsukaLara Otsuka
Community Impact

    Jessica NeumannJessica Neumann
Polk County Community Impact Coordinator &
giveBIG St. Croix Valley Program and Development Director