Emily Utoft Durand
Emily Utoft Durand was elected to serve the City of Wabasha as mayor in 2019. Professionally, Emily recently joined her spouse to manage their small business, Wabasha Dentistry. For the last decade she had worked for Bloomington-based HealthPartners Institute as a Principal Project Manager providing strategic and operating support to federally sponsored research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Emily is also a Registered Dental Hygienist and completed her BS at the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry in 2008.
Emily is passionate about the health and vibrancy of Wabasha County and the surrounding region. She is a member of the National Eagle Center Board of Directors, member and past-Chair of the Wabasha Heritage Preservation Commission, past Vice Chair of the St. Felix School Advisory Board, and a member of the multi-denominational Faith In Action Committee addressing community hunger and healthy food gaps for area residents. Emily and her husband Scott and two young children love living in Wabasha and enjoy the many wonders on and near the beautiful Mississippi.
Emily appreciates the capability of the United Way for its ability to mobilize relationships, resources, and volunteers to equitably and sustainably address local needs whilst effectively engaging other organizations collaboratively. The United Way approach strengthens local individuals, families, systems, and communities for the long term.
Courtney works as an Engineering Analyst for Xcel Energy, Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant. Courtney was born, raised and still resides in Red Wing, MN with her two teen children. She has been the chair for Prairie Island’s United Way Committee since 2015. She graduated from Goodhue HIgh School in 2001 and obtained an Associates Degree in Medical Administration from Minnesota Southeast Technical College. She currently serves on the Red Wing High School Graduation committee, United Way Marketing Committee and as a mentor for Youth Outreach. In the past years she has volunteered throughout the community as a board member for parent education committees, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and as the president of Red Wing Girl’s Softball Association.
Her favorite part of being involved with the United Way is organizing the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant’s Annual Golf Tournament. She enjoys entertaining guests at her home, event planning, and watching her children play sports. You can usually find her on a ball field, searching for treasures at a thrift store, sitting around a bon fire, or crafting with friends.
“I support the United Way because I believe everyone should be given an equal opportunity to be successful in life. Working with the United Way has shown me the areas in which our community needs the most help to ensure that that can happen .Time is an invaluable gift and the United Way provides great volunteer opportunities that leave you feeling like you have made a difference.”
Maggie works as a nurse leader at Mayo Clinic Health System. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2000 from Winona State University, obtaining her MSN of leadership in 2020.
She works with a passion to cultivate an inclusive, open, and positive work environment for her nursing team, empowering them to provide the best care for the women and newborns of our community. Her goal is to create a shared mental framework agreeing that access to quality care be universal and rural health care be sustained; meeting the needs of our community and our patients.
I support the United Way because it is dedicated to “mobilizing communities to advance the common good.” Advancing the common good through community collaboration will have power, ultimately leading to a positive impact on our desired outcomes.
Tammy Fiedler is the Director of Public Health for Wabasha County. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Winona State University, and is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program.
Tammy grew up in Wabasha, MN. She and her husband, Dean, have lived in Lake City, MN since 1993 where their son and daughter graduated from Lincoln High School.
“I support the United Way because they promote cross-sector collaboration in order to develop sustainable solutions to issues our communities face.”
Heather Hank serves as a Senior Vice President, Relationship Manager with Associated Bank’s Financial Institution’s Group. She works closely with financial institution clients to deliver comprehensive treasury management services and lending solutions to compliment individual institutions goals and strategy. Before joining Associated Bank in 2016, Heather spent almost twenty years with a large national bank assisting financial institutions in the upper Midwest markets.
Heather earned her MBA in 2001 and a B.S. in Finance and Math in 1995, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Heather is a Nebraska native who relocated to Lake City, Minnesota in 2014 with her partner Josh and enjoys boating, crafting and staying active.
Lori Hanson has worked at the Cannon Falls School District Office since 1997. Lori has 3 children who all have graduated from Cannon Falls Area Schools. Lori has a degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design and worked at Union Pacific Railroad headquarters building in Omaha Nebraska prior to moving to Cannon Falls. Her past and present volunteer experiences include being an active member and former President of the Cannon Falls Jaycees, a member of the Cannon Falls City council, an Election Judge, MN MAEOP organization member/Past President, Cannon Falls Education Foundation board member, and church council member.
Lori looks forward to spending time with her children and being outdoors, especially in a fishing boat!
I look forward to learning more about the United Way and promoting it in the Cannon Falls Area as well as our surrounding communities.
Steph Riegelman has worked as a Senior Executive Administrator at the Red Wing Shoe Company for more than 27 years. In addition to some administrative responsibilities, her role at The Shoe includes the coordination of volunteer opportunities, community outreach and product donations. She’s also been involved in the company’s United Way campaign since 1993 and has chaired the campaign since 2003. Originally from Rice Lake WI, she moved to the Red Wing area 30 years ago and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee WI. Steph has many hobbies and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities especially camping, kayaking and biking.
Steph is very passionate about making a difference in our local communities and is grateful to have the opportunity to utilize this passion at work as well as her personal life. In addition to the United Way board, she serves on the board of the Environmental Learning Center as it’s Secretary and is the Treasurer and Grant Coordinator for the Red Wing Elks Lodge.
‘I support United Way because of its importance to our communities in Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties. Our United Way helps pull together a variety of resources to address the basic needs of our most vulnerable populations and leverages the collective campaign donations to assist organizations who help provide basic need services.’
Would you like to join the United Way Board of Directors?
Thank you for your interest in serving the United Way community through service on the Board of Directors. We are always looking for partners from our service area that can provide the voices for individual communities and help guide the United Way organization in our community impact work.
United Way board members commit to a three-year term and may add a second term. We meet 6 times per year. Each meeting is held in Red Wing and lasts up to 90 minutes. New board members typically begin their terms at the beginning of our fiscal year, which is April 1. We may need board members to fill in the remaining term for a board member who has to leave prior to fulfilling their term. These board members may then be asked to agree to fulfill an additional term of their own.
To be considered for a board position, please complete the Membership Application where you can describe contributions you can make to the organization and our communities. You may mail, email or drop off your application at any time through out the year.
As you consider your commitment to United Way and questions come up, please call Maureen Nelson at 615-388-6309. We look forward to your commitment to our community impact work.
Mail completed applications to:
United Way GWP
1755 Old West Main Street
Red Wing, MN 55066