Sioux Empire United Way Announces Leadership Transition

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Sioux Falls, SD— Effective January 2, 2024, Alan H. Turner II has resigned and will no longer serve as the President/CEO of Sioux Empire United Way (SEUW). During this transitional period, Pam Hanneman will be joining the organization as the interim President/CEO. 

Hanneman has an extensive history of supporting SEUW, dedicating over 25 years to diverse volunteer roles within the organization. Her contributions span a wide spectrum, from an 11-year tenure on the Board of Directors to serving as the 2016 Campaign Chair and co-chairing Women Unite for two years. Additionally, she has taken on leadership volunteer positions across various committees, including community impact, campaign, marketing, and HR. Hanneman will begin her role on January 8, 2024.

Hanneman brings to SEUW an extensive background in leadership and deep community engagement. With a notable tenure in the banking sector, she most recently served as the vice president of business banking and business banking manager at First PREMIER Bank, dedicating over nine years to the organization. Residing in the Sioux Empire for 41 years, Hanneman has actively contributed to the community by taking on pivotal volunteer leadership positions, including roles with Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce, Furniture Mission of South Dakota, Veterans Community Project, and McCrossan Boys Ranch.

Christina Riss, SEUW Chief Operations Officer, will be working closely with Hanneman and brings a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of the organization's mission and goals. Over the next 30-60 days, the Board of Directors will be actively engaged in finalizing the long-term plan for the leadership of the organization. 

In the midst of this transition, SEUW is pleased to report that the 2024 Campaign is well underway, with 72% of the fundraising goal already achieved. As the campaign moves towards its conclusion, every dollar contributed will have a meaningful impact on the community. The organization expresses its sincere appreciation to all donors, volunteers, and supporters who have played a crucial role in helping SEUW to positively impact the lives of children, vulnerable adults, and people in crisis.


Contact: Randy Knecht
Sioux Empire United Way Board Chair


About Sioux Empire United Way
Founded in 1929, Sioux Empire United Way's mission is to lead, sustain, and nurture a unified, effective response to community needs. The organization serves an estimated 1 out of every 3 individuals each year in our community through over 75 different programs. Contributions stay local, benefiting the four-county area of Lincoln, McCook, Minnehaha, and Turner. Sioux Empire United Way raises nearly $10 million each year, thanks to contributions from nearly 16,000 individuals and 600 businesses.