LAURA BOWMAN JOINS UNITED WAY OF OLMSTED COUNTY AS NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO
The Board of Directors of United Way of Olmsted County announced today that Laura Bowman will be that organization’s new President and CEO. Currently, Bowman serves as President of Greater Mankato Area United Way, a position she has held since since December of 2006. She will assume her new role on August 5.
Bowman has been with United Way for 13 years. First as Director of Allocations/Community Building in Mankato, then as Vice President and Director of Community Impact at Sioux Empire United Way prior to returning to Mankato in her current post.
During her tenure at Sioux Empire United Way, Bowman helped forge the first United Way-Imagination Library partnership in the nation and then worked with United Way Worldwide to develop a model to scale the program across the nation. At Greater Mankato United Way she convened community partners to address kindergarten preparedness. This effort resulted in the First Steps initiative that identifies at-risk mothers during pregnancy to provide streamlined, non-duplicative services that has helped increase the number of children ready for kindergarten from 49% to 73% in five years.
During Bowman’s six years at Greater Mankato United Way, the campaign has increased 17%.
“We are delighted that Laura Bowman will be bringing her sixteen years of United Way experience to the United Way of Olmsted County as President and Chief Executive Officer,” said Betty Hutchins, United Way of Olmsted County Board Chair, “She has done great work and we look forward to her vision and passion in moving the United Way of Olmsted County forward as an agent of community change that inspires hope, creates opportunity and champions people in need.”
Bowman is married to her husband David. They have three children, Gracie (10), Rafe (7) and Mollie (6). She is originally from Cleveland, MN and graduated from St. Mary's University in Winona.
United Way of Olmsted County
Select an Interim President
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Don Barlow, Rochester Baptist Church, Pastor
Randy Chapman, Post- Bulletin, Publisher, co-chair
Richard Devlin, Olmsted County, County Administrator
Susan Fargo-Prosser, Mayo Clinic, Communication/Public Affairs
Betty Hutchins, Mayo Clinic, IT Administration
Paul Mackin, Think Mutual Bank, President and CEO
Joanne Rosener, Mayo Clinic (retired), co-chair
Don Supalla, Rochester Community and Technical College, President
Mike Williard, IBM (retired)
Jennifer Woodford, Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf, Executive Director
The search for a new United Way of Olmsted County president and chief executive officer is expected to conclude by the end of June, according to search committee co-chairs Joanne Rosener and Randy Chapman.
The committee recently completed interviews of over fifty community leaders and stakeholders to determine the competencies, traits, and experience necessary for the position.
The new president and chief executive will work closely with the over 100 community volunteers who are involved in United Way governance, community impact strategy, and campaign leadership in Olmsted County.
The 2012 LIVE UNITED campaign raised $4.1 million in donations and other revenue to support 48 programs across dozens of agencies and partnerships working to make a difference in to prepare children to succeed in school and youth to succeed in the community; to move working families toward financial stability; to improve the health of our community; and, to meet basic needs of food, shelter, safety and inclusivity.
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Anne Berberich joined the United Way of Olmsted County staff in 2002 and serves as Senior Vice President of Resource Development. In addition, she acts as project manager for special policy initiatives.
Anne came to United Way from the Girl Scouts Peacepipe Council where she began her professional career as the Field Services Director. She went on to serve GSPC as Fund Development Director, Director of Innovation and Associate Executive Director.
Anne earned a B.S. in Liberals Arts and a M.A. in History from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition she holds the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive from CFRE International.