Meet Our Team

Olivia Essig, Campaign Director

As Campaign Director, Olivia plans and organizes the annual campaign, develops and implements fundraising strategies, and recruits, trains and motivates volunteers to achieve success.

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Shelley Hanisch, Major Gifts & Planned Giving Director

Shelley focuses on creating and cultivating relationships with major and planned givers, assists Alexis de Tocqueville Society campaign volunteers, and helps individuals leave a legacy through a planned gift to Sioux Empire United Way.

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Brandi Miller, Marketing Director

Brandi works to communicate the various functions of United Way and our agencies to the public, by developing materials, planning events, and working with media.

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Jay Powell, President

In his role, Jay is responsible for the overall strategic vision of the organization, as well as staff supervision and implementation of board policies.

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Britni Ridge, Executive Associate

On a typical day, Britni is the first face you see in our office, as she greets guests and volunteers. Additionally, Britni coordinates Imagination Library, Connecting Kids, Heart Club recognition, New Hires, and other special projects. 

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Christina Riss, Community Impact Director

In her role, Christina actively researches community needs and works to develop initiatives aimed at helping to meet those needs; she also supports volunteers of the Community Impact teams and supports our funded agencies as needed.

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Shawna Van Wyhe, Database Associate

Shawna maintains our database of givers and volunteers, inputs pledges, and supports Heart Club operations.

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Heather Viergutz-McDonald, Finance Director

Heather leads all administrative financial duties, including bookkeeping, budgeting, accounts receivable and accounts payble, along with pledge processing and tracking from the fall campaign.

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Annie Wold, Campaign & Marketing Associate

Annie handles social media and online communications, manages agency tours and speakers bureau, makes campaign calls and assists campaign volunteers.

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