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Jackie Anderson lives outside of Bay City, Wisconsin and works as an independent marketing consultant. Originally from St. Paul, Jackie moved to this area over 15 years ago after spending many years as a frequent visitor. Jackie has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of MN, and before launching her own business worked for several Twin Cities marketing and advertising agencies, including Carlson Marketing Group and Martin Williams Advertising. Her past volunteer experience includes the Kids First Program, the Twin Cities Marathon, Grace House AIDS hospice and the Anderson Center in Red Wing.
Jackie is an avid gardener, and she and her partner Mark enjoy biking and other outdoor activities. They are proud owners of an indoor rabbit and an outdoor cat, who thankfully are not aware of each other’s presence.
“I support the United Way because I value its mission to improve the lives of my neighbors and all members of the community. Its impact is broad and significant and is accomplished through proven practices creatively implemented.”
Elizabeth Diggins resides in Red Wing, Minnesota with her husband Dan. Liz grew up in Red Wing and attended college at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. She graduated with a BA in Business Management from Saint Ben’s and continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she obtained her Masters of Science in Education.
For the past 16 years, Liz has worked in the banking industry. Currently, she is employed at Associated Bank in Red Wing, Minnesota as a Commercial Banker. Liz is the Treasurer for the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties and the Secretary of the Wells Creek Riders Snowmobile Club. In her free time Liz enjoys golfing, gardening, reading, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their black lab, Luke.
“I am passionate about helping the communities that I live and work in. I am especially passionate about helping the youth in our communities.”
Reverend Tristan English serves as the priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Red Wing. A native of Decorah, IA, Tristan and his wife, Debra, moved to Red Wing from Casper, WY where Tristan worked for The Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming. Tristan holds a BA from Ursinus College (’94) and M.Div. from The Iliff School of Theology.
Prior to becoming a priest in 2010, Tristan worked in the newspaper industry serving in leadership roles in North Carolina, Florida and Wyoming. It was in his work with newspapers that he first had the opportunity to become involved with the United Way. Over the years, he has had the opportunity to serve on boards for United Way partnering agencies, to be a leader in United Way pledge campaigns, and participate in numerous volunteer capacities.
“I support the United Way because it is the opportunity to sit with and serve those who are less fortunate or in need of love, acceptance, and hope. For me, the United Way is one of those rare opportunities in which our call to love our neighbor and life intersect.”
Allison Gettings works as the Director of Product Creation for the Heritage Collection at Red Wing Shoe Company and in this role is responsible for building out the men’s, women’s and accessories lines sold throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Allison started working at Red Wing Shoe Company in 2006, and has held various roles, taking two years off to start her own brand of footwear in California before returning to Red Wing Heritage in 2014 to launch the Women’s collection. Allison received her B.A. in Psychology at St. Olaf College in 2005 and her MBA from the U of M Carlson School of Business in 2017.
Allison began her professional career in non-profit work at PACER Center, an organization in Bloomington, MN that helps families of children with disabilities where she managed various volunteer boards. She has also served locally on the Sheldon Board in Red Wing. Allison was born in Red Wing and is passionate about spending time strengthening the local communities in a lasting way and making a real difference in the lives of those who live here. She currently lives in St. Paul with her husband and daughter.
Jamie Kells resides in Red Wing, MN with her husband Brady and their two little girls Harper and Leighton. She grew up on a dairy farm in Goodhue, MN learning the value of hard work, family and giving back to the community that she works and raises her family in.
Jamie attended Rasmussen Business College majoring in Business Management and Sales and Marketing. Jamie works in Sales and Marketing for SCS Elevator Products INC in Red Wing.
She is very active in Red Wing Downtown Mainstreet, Red Wing Chamber of Commerce, United Lutheran Church, Learning Circle, and United Way.
Jamie enjoys being with family and friends, gardening, being active in the community, and being outdoors.
“I support the United Way, because I am passionate about making people realize how amazing our community really is, and I am excited to be a part of an organization that gives so much back to our community and surrounding communities. United Way fills a huge gap in our communities providing funding for health, education, housing, food and transportation; and I am very proud to be a part of this amazing group.”
Growing up in a small, rural, farming community in Southwest Minnesota, Bonnie learned the value of hard work, a loving family, and the joys of a small town. After graduating with a double major in Business and Computer Science from Mankato State University in 1992, she has enjoyed a career as a Software Engineer in various roles with Rochester and Metro area companies. Bonnie and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed the Cannon Falls area since moving here in 2008. As a member of the Cannon Falls Rotary club, she enjoys serving the community and working with the exchange student program. Bonnie’s first engagement with UW of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties was helping to start a Packing for the Weekend program in Cannon Falls. After that experience, she was hooked on United Way. Since then Bonnie has served on two Community Investment Panels, became part of the Board of Directors, helped on smaller committees, and enjoyed being a part of the Chili Cook-off Team.
“I support United Way because of their mission that helps local people with the core needs that all people have of health, education, housing, food, and transportation and because they use proven processes that involves community members in determining how funds are distributed.”
Kimberly O’Reilly resides between Red Wing and Goodhue, MN with her husband, Casey, and their three boys: Carsyn, Cayden and Jack. Kim grew up on a dairy farm in Bay City, WI and attended Ellsworth High School. She graduated with a BS in Business Finance from the University of Wisconsin—River Falls and continued her education at the University of St. Thomas where she obtained her MBA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Business Finance. Kim has been in the banking industry for over 20 years and currently is a Commercial Banker with Merchants Bank in their Cannon Falls and Red Wing offices. Kim and Casey own and operate O’Reilly Organic Dairy along with their sons. They currently milk approximately 90 head of cattle and raise their own young stock.
Kim is active in many volunteer organizations. Some of her involvement includes Sunday School teacher, Honorary Red Wing Chamber Ambassador, volunteer at the Cannon Falls Food Shelf, started and organizes Packing for the Weekend for Goodhue, board member of United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha and Pierce Counties and is a member of Finance Committee. Kim enjoys spending time with Casey and their boys, being with family, watching her boys’ sporting events, farming and staying active outdoors.
“I am a proud supporter of United Way, because I see how much it helps those in need whether it is making sure children have meals on the weekends to helping with housing, health and educational needs which all comes from within the communities we live in. It is a true honor to be part of United Way.”
Patti has been with United Way since 2014 and is presently on the executive committee and an officer. She works in Red Wing and is a member of the Red Wing Lions club. She has been active in economic development, chambers of commerce and service organization for many years in the communities she calls home. She and her husband Brent along with their cat Buddy call Red Wing home.
“I support the United Way because it brings together and collaborates with many to make a difference. I have always supported food and hunger issues, with donating, helping with grants, raising awareness and working with others to address the issue. The Packing for the Weekend program and support for other hunger initiatives, like summer lunch program and support to area food pantries is an important part of United Way efforts to address hunger in our community. “
Ethan Seaberg is the President of AFSCME Local 737 and Co-Chair of the Hunger Free Kids Network of Every Hand Joined. Active in a number of charitable and fraternal organizations in Minnesota, he serves currently as the president of the UW-GWP Board of Directors. He and his wife Karen call Red Wing home.
“I support the United Way because of its best-in-the-business practice of collective impact. From donors to volunteers to the charitable causes they all serve, UW-GWP’s many hands make for real and positive change in this community.”
Jessica Seide, M.S.
Jessica Seide is the Community Health Specialist for Goodhue County Health and Human Services. Jessica holds a master’s degree from Minnesota State University Mankato in Health Science Community Health Education. In her work, Jessica focuses on improving the health and well-being of residents of Goodhue County. She works on a vast array of projects within her community such as traffic safety, mental health anti-stigma campaigns, safe routes to school, health equity and many more. She currently resides in Red Wing, MN.
Jessica is passionate about investing in her community, and through collaboration, believes that anything is possible.
“I support the United Way of Goodhue, Wabasha & Pierce Counties for many reasons, but one that stands out is the passion of the organization, staff and volunteers to make an impact in our community. The community is at the center of every decision and that alone is powerful.”
Joel Sorensen retired from Xcel Energy in 2015 with 38 years of experience in nuclear operations. At the time of his retirement, he was vice president Operations and Performance Improvement, overseeing Monticello and Prairie Island nuclear generating plants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, attended the manager development program at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and is a graduate of the Blandin Community Leadership Program.
Joel and his wife, Mary, lived in Red Wing for 23 years where their daughter graduated from Red Wing Central High School. They now live outside Prescott, Wisconsin and enjoy watching all of the wildlife outside their kitchen window.
“I support the United Way because the resources entrusted to them by members of the community are efficiently and effectively managed to improve people’s lives right back here in the local community.”
Corey Tauer holds a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. He has worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota in Eagan, MN, for the past 21 years and is currently the Director of Large Group Account Management.
Corey grew up in Red Wing and then moved back in 2007 after living in the Twin Cities for more than 10 years. He was a longtime player and manager of the Red Wing Aces baseball team and has served as the President of the Red Wing Youth Baseball Association since 2009.
He is the proud father to his son Teddy who will graduate from Red Wing High School in 2018.
“I love to support the United Way because of the impact it can have on kids and their families. I have a strong passion when it comes to kids being able to have the necessary building blocks whether it be food, shelter, and/or education to have a fair chance at succeeding when they get older.”
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
413 W. 3rd St.
Red Wing, MN 55066