About Us

United Way offers a helping hand when you need it most. United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place.

The United Way of Richland-Wilkin Offices are located at 802 Dakota Ave in Wahpeton, ND. Click here for contact information.

Executive Director

  • Colette Barton

Administrative Assistant

  • Renee Essig


  • President: John Richman, NDSCS
  • Vice President: Diane Cordes, Breckenridge Public School
  • Secretary: Sue Moffet, Minn Dak Farmer’s Coop
  • Treasurer: Rick Steckler, Bell Bank, Wahpeton

 Board of Directors:

  • Diane Cordes, Breckenridge Public Schools
  • Gail Grant, St. Francis CHI
  • Jackie Bladow, Gate City Bank
  • Jana Berndt, Bremer Bank
  • Jenifer Kjar, Cargill
  • John Richman, North Dakota State College of Science
  • Juline Haugen, Community Volunteer
  • Ken Kompelien, NDSCS
  • Kristen Hasbargen, Richland County Social Services
  • Mary Helland, CHI, Healthcare
  • Rick Jacobson, Wahpeton School
  • Rick Steckler, Bell Bank
  • Robert Kramer, Bremer Bank, Breck
  • Simone Sandberg, Sandberg Law Office, Ltd.
  • Tara Klostreich, Wahpeton Daily News