Board Member Spotlight: Rick Fannin

“I am a 50-year-old husband and father of four teenage girls. I work as a Technical Superintendent with Minnesota Power and have a background in Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy outdoor activities and time on the lake. My wife Kathy is a counselor for Southwest Elementary in Grand Rapids and has worked in the child mental health and education field for over 25 years. My daughter Grace is 17; Sophia 15; and Claire and Olivia just turned 13. We live in Grand Rapids.”

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?

I am impressed with how much United Way gives back to the community.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?

I have enjoyed being a part of the pancake cook-off and Days of Action.

What is one word you would use to sum up United Way’s work?

Impactful.  The work that United Way performs changes people’s lives for the better.

What impresses you most about the Itasca Area?

How much people are willing to support and give back to the community.

What is one thing about United Way that you think most people don’t know?

How much United Way gives back to the community and in many different ways.

What advice would you give to a potential donor who is considering investing in United Way? 

Give whatever you feel comfortable with.  Also, there are other ways to give back to the community other than financially.  Volunteering your time is another way to contribute.