West Central Industries announces Nolting appointment as director

WILLMAR -- West Central Industries announces the appointment of Renee Nolting as the agency's new executive director. "Renee is coming home," said Board President Christie Kurth in a news release. "After running our food services for 19 years, Re...

WILLMAR -- West Central Industries announces the appointment of Renee Nolting as the agency’s new executive director.

“Renee is coming home,” said Board President Christie Kurth in a news release. “After running our food services for 19 years, Renee pursued other regional leadership roles. We are thrilled that beginning in January, she will lead WCI. As Renee took on other roles, she continued to serve people, make connections and improve lives. WCI is excited that she will use her comprehensive knowledge, connections, and strengths as she guides WCI now and into the future.”

West Central Industries serves people with disabilities in west central Minnesota, providing such things as job training and employment services, supervised work experiences and skills development.

Since 2011, Nolting has been the executive director for the United Way of West Central Minnesota. Marilee Vogel, United Way board president, said Nolting has been instrumental in developing strong relationships with both United Way donors and agency partners.


“She has both the heart and energy to find ways to improve the lives of all people in our community,’’ Vogel said. “Her greatest legacy is in the area of education where she worked collaboratively with several partners to increase opportunities for children to succeed. We are grateful for Renee’s leadership. We wish her and WCI the best in their renewed relationship.’’

Vogel noted that United Way of West Central Minnesota Finance Director Teresa Winzenburg will serve as interim director as they undergo the search process for the next director.

“WCI has always been dear to my heart,” Nolting said. “Employment/vocational programs, Meals on Wheels, The Resource Center Program all make a positive difference in lives. I’m excited to be offered the opportunity to work with WCI. Together, we will enhance services and positively impact individuals, families and businesses.”

Nolting said that leaving United Way was not an easy decision.

“I’ve loved being with United Way of West Central Minnesota. I strongly believe in the heart and mission of United Way, and I will continue to support it because together, we change lives. We live in a wonderful region and there’s an amazing collaboration happening behind the scenes to improve lives. Our United Way Board is strong, proactive, and people-focused. They will make sure that our programs and new director will continue to benefit our region.”

Nolting is a Blandin Leader, a graduate of Leadership Perspectives, a Chamber Ambassador, and a founding member of WE LEAD. She is a member of Vision 2040, the New London-Spicer School Board, and Peace Lutheran Church. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She resides in Spicer with her husband and two children.

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