Vision Council

2020 Vision Council

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United Way Vision Council

Vision Council is a group of community members who come together to review applications and conduct site visits for agencies who have requested United Way funding for specific community-based programs.  Vision Council then determines how they feel United Way funds should be allocated.  These recommendations are made to the United Way Board of Directors who, based on the Vision Council's suggestions, approves funding for the two year cycle. 

Community needs, met by community dollars, determined by community members.



2018 Vision Council

Darnel Carlson, Crow Wing County

Darren Larson, BlackRidgeBank

Jill Carlson, Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union

Kara Griffin, Crow Wing County

Paulette Thoennes, CTC

Quinn Swanson, Hunt Utilities Group

Pat Sharbonda, Crow Wing County


Anita Supinski, CliftonLarsonAllen

Alison Medeck, Brainerd School District

Allie Verchota, Deerwood Bank

Amanda Schwarzkopf, United Way Volunteer

Becky Eckelman, Deerwood Bank

Brady Bussler, Widseth Smith Nolting

Cassie Carey, Crow Wing Energized

Char Kinzer, Crow Wing Power

Hara Charlier, Central Lakes College

Holly Holm, Brainerd Community Action

Kari Frisch, Central Lakes College

Katie Watland, Baymont/Days Inn

Kim Pasket, ConfReg

Kristina Quast, Lakes Country Counseling

Leora Miller, Brainerd Dispatch

Lynn Severson, Essentia Health

Matt Kilian, Brainerd Lakes Chamber

Michelle Francis, Raboin Law Firm

Nick Weeks, Just For Kix, Northland Moments

Paula Chapulis, Our Lady of Guadalupe Free Clinic

Roy Hurin, CliftonLarsonAllen

Ruth Gmeinder, Gull Lake Resort

Sally Jacobson, Jacobson Law

Sara Sherman, Discovery Horse

Sarah Carlson, Essentia Health

Scott Severson, Essentia Health

Scott Stroot, Ameriprise Financial

Shane Riffle, YMCA

Sheila Skogen, Crow Wing County

Steve Gilbert, CTC

Stacy Cashman, United Way Volunteer

Tom Innis, AVANTech

Tom Norman, U.S. Bank

Tracy Malone, Lakes Country Counseling

Trish Tenold, CliftonLarsonAllen