Basic Needs Advisory Council


Basic Needs Advisory Council Members

Throughout the year, United Way works to make an impact on the health, education and financial stability of residents in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties who are living on the edge. Our goal is to help improve lives and build stronger Chippewa Valley communities. However, we understand that this cannot happen if residents do not first have their basic needs met. This is why we partner and invest in community organizations focused on meeting the basic needs of residents by ensuring access to food, shelter and medical care. As part of United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley’s community impact model, the Basic Needs Advisory Council is a volunteer council made up of professionals from the public and private financial sectors, human services, and secondary training institutions. 


Marc Goulet (Chair)
   Mathematics Professor and Administrator~College of the Arts & Sciences
  UW- Eau Claire

Justin Searles (Vice Chair)
   Site Facility Manager
    ISS Facility Services

Jennifer Barrett
    Homeless Services Director
    L.E. Phillips Outrach Center

Mike Cohoon
   Associate Pastor
   Landmark Christian Church

Jeni Haddad
Director of Domestic Violence Program 
Family Support Center in Chippewa Falls

Bruce Ommen (Board Liaison)
Ayres Associates Inc.

Roberta Rasmus
   Community Member

Kristin Renneke
   Family Crisis Support Specialist
   Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District/Family Support Center

Tom Wagener
   Transit Manager
   Eau Claire Transit


United Way Staff:

Kelly Christianson
   Lead Community Impact Director
   United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley