Board and Team

A volunteer Board of Directors governs United Way St. Croix Valley. The Board meets six times per year. The Executive Committee consists of the five officers (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and past president). 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.

Board of Directors

Marc Ruska
Domestic Bank Credit
US Bank
Ann Schilling
Vice President
Senior Director of Human Services
Amery Hospital and Clinic
Michael Gruenes 
Treasurer, Finance & Operations Committee Chair, Community Impact Committee
Manager, Financial Mgmt. Technology
Josh Lindseth
Office Supervisor
WESTconsin Credit Union - New Richmond
Kevin Urbik
Past President, Chair Governance Committee
Heywood, Cari and Anderson, S.C.
James Dahl (emeritus), SUPERVALU, Inc.
Todd Sherman, VP, Global Bankcard Client Services, US Bank
Caroline (Kiki) Nelson, Personal Banker, Bremer Bank
Brian McAlpine, Commercial Insurance Specialist, Bremer Insurance - Amery
Cynthia Jahnke, Personal Lines Manager, Sandeen Insurance
Warren Schneider (emeritus), 3M Company
Deanna Shimota, Partner, GrowthMode Marketing
Craig Swanson, Director (Retired), Lean Six Sigma & Corporate Quality
Steve Snell (emeritus), Engineering Manager, Engineered Plasic Components 
Kaydi Sobottka, Human Resouce Officer, First National Bank of River Falls
Julie DuBois, Director, Human Resource Development, Andersen Corporation


Lara OtsukaLara Otsuka
Interim Director
Operations Manager


Lisa Murphy
Development & Communications Director
giveBIG St. Croix Valley Program Director



Jessica NeumannJessica Neumann
211 Community Impact Director


Betsy Byker
Success by 6 Program Director