Board Spotlight: Joe Dasovich

Joe is currently the Sheriff of Itasca County. Before his time as Sheriff, he was the Chief of Police in Nashwauk, which allowed him to work in the community he grew up in. Before law enforcement, Joe was in the U.S. Army and was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne’s Bravo Company 2/327 Infantry for 13 and a half months. Joe completed his Associate of Applied Science with the Minnesota North College and went on to Concordia University in St. Paul. to complete his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Joe and his wife, Rachel, have three children: Lily (14), Mara (11), and Henry (8).

What inspired you to be involved with United Way?
I love being involved in the community. I have a big family with a history of involvement in the United Way and its local efforts, so it was a natural choice. Through my position as Sheriff, I can learn from the other board members and give them valued input.

What is the most rewarding thing you have taken from this experience?
I have been very excited to see how other board members view this community. Being in a group with a very similar opinion on how we can make change is rewarding. It makes me excited for the future.

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

What impresses you most about the Itasca Area?
I have always been super impressed with the people. When these communities need to come together, we show up. Fundraisers, community events, donations, and days of action – this involvement makes me proud to call this area home.

What is one thing about United Way that most people don’t know?
I don’t think people realize how diverse the United Way’s impact is throughout our community – Day of Action, Stuff the Bus, workplace campaigns, and grants. The impact is large and helps all kinds of people in our community.

What advice would you give to a potential donor considering investing in United Way?
Come sit down and discuss where your donation can make a change for Itasca County. We’d love to help you get involved.