MANKATO—Greater Mankato Area United Way presented its 2022 Volunteer Awards at its annual luncheon thanking volunteers from the past year.


At the event sponsored by United Prairie Bank, United Way CEO Barb Kaus and 2022 Campaign Chair Melanie VanRoekel recognized the importance of volunteers to United Way’s mission.


2022 Greater Mankato Area United Way Volunteer Awards

United Way Board Chair:

Kevin Velasquez, Blethen Berens


United Way 2022 Campaign Chair:

Melanie VanRoekel, United Prairie Bank


Volunteer of the Year Award (2):

Shirley Lawrence, retired

Sharon Olsen, retired


Community Impact Volunteer Award:

Steve Weisbecker, Lloyd Management


Community Champion Award (2):

Kaila Vollmer, Navitor Specialty Products

Scott Weilage, Wealth Centers of America


Partner Agency Champion Award:

Brandy Brink, Melinda Keim & Rick Sullivan, Beyond Brink Recovery Housing


Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Award (3):

Regional Sector: Amanda Kolander, Jay Zender State Farm Insurance

Public/Nonprofit Sector: Crystal Olson, Greater Mankato Growth

Private Sector: Carrie Verschelde, Atwood Management