Vision Council

Lakes Area United Way Vision Council

Vision Council is a group of community members who come together to review applications and conduct interviews for agencies who have requested United Way funding for specific community-based programs. Through this process, Vision Council members come to understand community needs, learn about the impact that applicant agencies are making in the community, and make recommendations for how United Way funds should be utilized and invested to meet the needs of the Lakes Area.  Recommendations for funding are brought to the United Way Board of Directors who, based on the Vision Council's suggestions, approve funding for next year. 

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


Thank you to members of our 2023 Vision Council:

Nicole Converse (Captain)

Pam Finch, Red Ribbon Consulting (Captain)

Kara Griffin, Crow Wing County (Captain)

Darren Larson, First Western Bank (Captain)

Quinn Swanson, Happy Dancing Turtle (Captain)

Eleanor Burkett, Central MN Council on Aging

Kourtney Defreece

Terri Foster, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation

Tina Foster, Keller Williams Realty

Heidi Hagen, Pequot Lakes Public Schools

Shawn Hansen, The Outreach Program

Morgan Hanegraaf, Crow Wing County

Holly Holm, Visit Brainerd

Heidi Holtz, Deerwood Bank

Sheila Hunter, ATEK

Justin Jerve, Hubbard Radio

Karen Johnson, Essentia Health

Rachal Johnson, Bremer Bank

Cindy Moore

Tammy Mulroy, Crow Wing County

Candace Prigge, Crow Wing County

Lynn Severson, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Scott Severson

Erica Stepanek, The Shop

Kara Terry, Crow Wing County

Shannon Wussow, Relationship Safety Alliance