Providing opportunities to thrive


Our programs help neighbors meet their basic needs such as safe housing and adequate food. Together, we are providing opportunities for families to move from uncertainty to stability. Helping them secure a place to call home and a brighter tomorrow.


Our programs create a pathway to financial stability. We equip people with the tools needed to thrive in the workplace. With your help, neighbors in our community can secure a successful future for themselves and their families.


Youth thrive when they receive exceptional levels of care and support. We work with families and the community to foster the growth and development of children. Together, we are creating opportunities for kids to have a brighter future.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement 

United Way of Grand Forks East Grand Forks & Area strives to be a model of diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We seek to represent and advocate for the many people who proudly make up our community. United Way employs and promotes individuals, recruits volunteers, and partners with programs that inclusively support the diversity of the Greater Grand Forks Area. In all levels of staff and governance, United Way is dedicated to greater diversity within the organization and to providing equal opportunity to people, without regard to race, religion, skin color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental abilities, genetic information, pregnancy, disability, age, family or marital status, veteran status and socio-economic status or other characteristics protected by applicable law. We believe that each neighbor, donor, volunteer, advocate and employee must have equal access to addressing community issues. We recognize that we have the role, responsibility and opportunity to partner across organizations throughout the community to close equity gaps.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED.

United Way STAFF

Heather Novak

Executive Director

Brittany marynik, LSW

Director of Operations

Krissy macken

Director of Community Outreach

julianna flood

Volunteer Coordinator

ashley tabbat

Program Coordinator


Director of Marketing & Development

Board of Directors officers

Headshot of Laura Roth

Laura Roth

Board  Chair

Headshot of Greg Rixen

Greg Rixen

Vice Chair

Headshot of Brian Huschle

Brian Huschle


Headshot of Eric Scheffer

Eric Scheffer


Headshot of  Brandon Baumbach

brandon baumbach

Past Board Chair

Board of Directors

Nancy Andrews


Jennifer Berg

Altru Health System

Headshot of Tricia Berg

Tricia Berg

Grand Forks County Social Services

Headshot of Terry Brenner

Terry Brenner

Grand Forks Public Schools

Headshot of Katie Dachtler

Katie Dachtler


Joe Demester

Choice Bank

Headshot of Ruann Deschene

Ruann Deschene

Community Contractors Inc.

Deb Dunham

Dakota Commercial

Headshot of Chris Griffin

Chris Griffin

Red River Land Company

Lasha Oss

Lasha oss


Headshot of Cheryl Ramberg

Cheryl ramberg


Wray Wright


Jenna Zavarol

Jenna Zavoral

University of North Dakota - TRIO

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