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United Way announces new volunteer board leadership

United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties recently announced five members to the organization’s board: Brent Frazier, Gary Sellman, Jackie Hendrickson, Heidi Konynenbelt and Marilyn Twete.

Frazier is native of Pelican Rapids and is also serving as the mayor of his hometown. His family includes wife, JoAnn and his two grown children, Tonya and Tony.  His hobbies include yard work, Bible study, listening to music and watching NFL football. Brent is involved as a member of the Pelican Rapids Lions Club, Otter Tail County Planning Commission, Pelican Rapids EDA and he enjoys volunteering at the community food shelf.   

Sellman is a resident of Ottertail, Minn., and employed as the president at Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank. He was born and raised in Almelund, Minn. His family includes wife, Gabriele, and four sons. His hobbies include fishing, kayaking and reading. Gary was involved with the former Wadena County United Way for more than 12 years. Additional organizations he is involved with are Wadena Lions Club and the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  

Konynenbelt is a resident of Fergus Falls, Minn., and is the manager of Computer Systems at Otter Tail Power Company. She grew up Bainville, Mont., is married to James. Together they have four children. Heidi enjoys camping, playing piano, traveling, reading movies and cooking.  Her community involvement includes teaching Sunday School, Hillcrest soccer and basketball booster, choir accompanist, Dollars for Scholars board member and volunteering.   

Twete is a resident of Wadena. She is a retired private music teacher. She was born and raised in Wishek, N.D. Her family includes her husband, Dick, two children and three grandchildren. Marilyn’s hobbies include music, reading and watching sports. Her community involvement includes volunteering for the hospital and food shelf, being active in church activities and the Dementia Friendly Wadena task force.   

Hendrickson is a resident of Fergus Falls and employed at StoneL as the controller. She was born in central North Dakota and raised in Harvey, N.D. She is married to Lanny and they have four children. Jackie is involved in Kiwanis, Elks and is a Wall Lake Association board member.

The board of directors for United Way of Otter Tail & Wadena Counties are responsible for setting and establishing policies, procedures and goals for the operation and management of United Way. Board members serve a three-year term with an option to serve another term.  Members also oversee the distribution of all funds and set the annual campaign goal. For more information about the mission to Improve Lives, visit