State Staff

President: Brenda SatherBrenda Sather, PresidentMNWT State President Logo

This elected position presides at meetings of this corporation and its Executive Council, and supervises activities undertaken by this corporation. The State President shall be an ex-officio member of all committees; and shall visit each district at least once during the term.



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Administrative Vice President: Cindy Umland

Cindy Umland, Administrative Vice President

This appointed position supervises the District Directors and is the contact with the Local State Delegates; and serves on the Future Directions committee. The Administrative VP shall coordinate the State President's district and area visitations, whenever possible; shall serve on the Future Directions Committee as the official liaison for the Executive Council; and shall be chair of the Success System Appeals Committee.

Membership Vice President: Anna Nichols

Anna Nichols, Membership Vice President

This appointed position is the administrator of membership and the state's Growth Plan, which is a schedule of planned membership growth for chapters, districts and the state. It details membership activity for the year to plan for membership growth. Chapters, click here for marketing ideas to help promote Women of Today in your community. The Membership VP shall coordinate membership growth awards; and shall serve on the Membership Management Committee.

Chapter Management Vice President: Illeana Miller

Illeana Miller, Chapter Management Vice President

This appointed position is in charge of the TLC chapters; supervises Gold Team; promotes the use of chapter management tools; and coordinates Local Officer Training Seminar (LOTS). Chapters, click here for marketing ideas to help promote Women of Today in your community. The Chapter Management VP shall promote STEP certification as a chapter management tool; shall plan, coordinate and supervise President/State Delegate Retreat; and shall serve on the Membership Management Committee.

Internal Programming Vice President: Stephanie Putzier

Stephanie Putzier, Internal Programming Vice President

This appointed position is administrator of internal programming, supervises internal programming state program managers and serves on the Finance and Marketing committees. All USWT Certification must be submitted to the MNWT IVP who will submit it to the appropriate USWT position holder.

External Programming Vice President: Cindy Golbuff

Cindy Golbuff, External Programming Vice President

This appointed position is administrator of the External Programming areas. This Vice President supervises the external programming state program managers and serves on the Future Directions committee. She also is the liaison between the MNWT and foundations and serves on the MNWT Foundation Board. The External Program areas cover education, projects or fundraising for the benefit of foundations the local, district or state level.

Extensions Director: Heidi Westerlund

Heidi Westerlund, Extensions Director

This appointed position assists chapters with the extensions process and follows through with newly extended chapters; and promotes chapter extensions with the Extensions Manual and other extension information available. Chapters, click here for marketing ideas to help promote Women of Today in your community. The Extensions Director shall also supervise and assist two and under chapters by promoting chapter orientation, officer training, and STEP certification as an orientation, activation and membership tool; shall determine target communities for extensions and initiate contacts in those communities; shall find individual chapters/teams to complete and support initiated extensions; shall serve on the MNWT Foundation as an ex-officio member; and shall serve on the Membership Management Committee.

Secretary: Debbi Benke

Debbi Benke, Secretary

This appointed position records and distributes the minutes of all meetings; and compiles Chapter Mailings and the State Plan of Action. The State Secretary shall coordinate the compiling and distribution of Chapter Information Packets (CIP); shall coordinate the Chapter Mile and Chapter Attendance programs at state meetings; and shall be responsible for compiling agenda and staff reports.

Parliamentarian: Barb Zeroth

Barb Zeroth, Parliamentarian

This appointed position oversees parliamentary procedure at meetings of the corporation; and is responsible for review of state bylaws and policies. The State Parliamentarian shall give advice on parliamentary procedure and in matters involving the Articles of Incorporation, bylaws and policies on either a local, district, or state level to chapters who seek such advice; shall help chapters and districts update bylaws and policies; shall be responsible for establishing a quorum and verifying credentials at each state meeting; and shall serve on the Future Directions and Credentials Committees.

Presidential Assistant: Christine Sibilleau

Christine Sibilleau, Presidential Assistant

This appointed position assists the State President in any activities deemed necessary and compiles the Executive Council Directory.

Chairman of the Board: Shelli Struzyk

Shelli Struzyk, Chairman of the Board

This position is held by the immediate past state president, and presides over the Statewide Committees, Elections Committee and March Planning. She also serves as Historian for the MNWT, and is the liaison between the MNWT and the United States Women of Today, as well as the chair of the ONTO Committee for National Convention. The State COB shall be responsible for maintaining a continuous file of all campaign procedures, literature and financial reports; shall host other Past State Presidents in attendance at state meetings; shall be chair of the Re-districting Committee; shall be an ex-officio member of Finance Committee; and shall serve on the Future Directions Committee, Marketing Committee, and Membership Management Committee.

Financial Vice President: OPEN

OPEN, Financial Vice President

This appointed position prepares the state budget; acts as chairman of the Finance Committee; serves on MNWT Foundation Board; and supervises the Accountant and State Store Manager. State Store items make great incentives and thank you gifts. For a complete list of items, visit the state store at a state meeting or review the order form. If you are interested in these or any of the items available, contact the State Store Manager or State Finance VP to place an order. For more information on non-profit organizations with the Minnesota Department of Revenue, click here.

Executive Director: Katie Castro

Katie Castro, Executive Director

This position is the only permanent, paid position in the Minnesota Women of Today. The Executive Director serves as a resource for chapters through the Chapter Service Center. The Webmaster & Web Assistant also report to the Executive Director. The Chapter Service Center is available for just what its name implies -- service to chapters. Any questions you may have may be directed to the Executive Director at the center.

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