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United Way selects Spicer woman as new executive director

WILLMAR -- Renee Nolting of Spicer has been hired as the new executive director of United Way of West Central Minnesota.

The organization made the announcement Tuesday.

Nolting will begin working for United Way on Feb. 14.

"Renee brings a wealth of experience to our organization in leading and supporting community programs," said Board President Steve Lykken in a news release. "She has great passion for serving our community."

As executive director, Nolting will be responsible for leading United Way in meeting the needs of the region, strengthening community programs and working to accomplish United Way's philanthropic goals. She will work with businesses and individuals in her job as the leader of the organization's annual fund drive.

Nolting will also be responsible for the daily operations of the organization's Willmar office, including staff supervision and coordinating with the board of directors.

"I am truly honored to serve as the new executive director," Nolting said in a news release. "The United Way is a bridge to so many wonderful programs that serve persons of all ages, and it makes a positive difference to the people of west central Minnesota."

Nolting most recently served as senior nutrition program manager for Lutheran Social Service, where she supervised senior dining services and 44 staff in 22 counties. From 1990 to 2009, she was the food service director of West Central Industries. She has also worked at the University of Minnesota and at University Hospital in various coordinator and supervisory positions. She earned a bachelor's of science degree in home economics, with business collateral, at the University of Minnesota in 1986.

Nolting was elected to the New London-Spicer School Board in 2008 and is serving a four-year term. She is a member of the steering committee and board of the Willmar Block Nursing Program and is a Lutheran Social Service Older Adult Team member.

In her previous work with United Way, Nolting has served on the United Way Day of Caring Committee and has been a United Way in-house campaign chair. She has also served as a panel reviewer for United Way funding requests. Nolting lives in Spicer and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and attending church activities.

Nolting will succeed Stacey Roberts, who resigned in November citing family needs.

The United Way is in the midst of a fundraising drive to raise $915,000 for community needs throughout the region. This year, the organization allocated funds to 54 programs in 28 communities.