United Way of Cass Clay launches search for new president and CEO

Nonprofit also releases Live United Award winners and lists of the Top 25 Most Engaged Workplaces and Top 50 Most Generous Workplaces.

Former United Way President and CEO Kristi Huber stands at the the site of the organization's new headquarters at 4351 23rd Ave. S., Fargo. Huber recently announced she was leaving the United Way to join Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as its senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Photo courtesy of the United Way of Cass-Clay.

FARGO -- The United Way of Cass-Clay is on the hunt for a new president and CEO. Kristi Huber recently resigned her position to join Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota as its senior vice president and chief marketing officer. According to a release from BCBS, Huber will begin her new role June 1, 2021.

In a statement, Huber said she looked forward to returning to the insurance industry.

"Before joining the United Way team in 2011 as the resource development director, I was working in the insurance industry and working with companies and individuals as a broker,” shared Huber. “After serving the last five years as the president of United Way and for almost a decade in our community’s nonprofit space, it is exciting for me to be joining the BCBSND team. Their incredible team and mission-driven purpose to improve the care and health of individuals and families across the state of North Dakota truly inspires me. I am looking forward to working alongside this group of dynamic nonprofit leaders to continue to make a difference in the lives of our North Dakota neighbors."

In a statement provided by Kristina Hein-Landin, the United Way's lead content and public relations strategist, the nonprofit praised Huber for her "commitment, passion and drive" and wished her well in her new endeavor.

"During Kristi’s time as president & CEO, the organization has thrived and is positioned well for future success of meeting our community’s needs. Under her leadership, 2020 was the most successful fundraising campaign in United Way of Cass-Clay’s history which will result in progressing our goals of helping people in poverty across our community. Additionally, our organization completed a separate capital campaign and construction of a new home," the statement continued.


The United Way's Board of Trustees is charged with finding the organization's next leader, according to Hein-Landin.

Live United Awards

In other news, the United Way held its annual meeting and Live United Awards ceremony virtually late last month. Those being honored were:

  • LIVE UNITED Leader of the Year: Cornerstone Bank
  • Best NEW United Way Campaign: Saving Smiles Dentistry
  • Emerging Leaders Catalyst of the Year: Aimee Stone, Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  • Most Innovative & Creative Campaign: Wanzek Construction, Inc.
  • Outstanding Campaign Cabinet Volunteer: Kendra Goette, Bushel
  • Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator Volunteer(s) over 500 employees: Glenn Key & Meg Kleckner, Hornbacher's
  • Outstanding Employee Campaign Coordinator Volunteer(s) under 500 employees: Jessica Engel & Ali Sprung-Banu, Red River Commodities
  • Social Media Maven: Sandy's Donuts

Click here to watch videos of the winners learning of their awards.

The organization also recently honored the Top 25 Most Engaged Workplaces and the Top 50 Most Generous Workplaces.

Top 25 Most Engaged Workplaces

  1. Cornerstone Bank - LIVE UNITED Leader of the Year
  2. First International Bank & Trust
  3. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  4. Dawson Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
  5. Microsoft
  6. Bushel
  7. Eide Bailly LLP
  8. American Crystal Sugar Company
  9. BNG Team
  10. Hornbacher's
  11. Midco
  12. CAPLP, Lakes and Prairies Community Action Partnership, Inc.
  13. Red River Commodities, Inc.
  14. Light Consulting and Coaching
  15. Western State Bank
  16. Wanzek Construction, Inc.
  17. Noridian Healthcare Solutions
  18. Marvin
  19. Vocational Training Center
  20. Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain
  21. Sanford Health
  22. Thomsen Homes
  23. Rasmussen University
  24. WEX
  25. Dakota Fence

Top 50 Most Generous Workplaces

  2. Bell Bank
  3. Sanford Health
  4. Eide Bailly LLP
  5. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
  6. John Deere Electronic Solutions
  7. American Crystal Sugar Company
  8. Hornbacher's
  9. Border States Electric
  10. WEX
  11. Sammons Financial Group
  12. Wells Fargo
  13. Microsoft
  14. Marvin
  15. North Dakota State University
  16. AgCountry Farm Credit Services
  17. Cornerstone Bank
  18. Butler Machinery Company
  19. Caterpillar Reman Drivetrain
  20. Dawson Insurance, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
  21. Doosan Bobcat Inc.
  22. Wanzek Construction, Inc.
  23. Bremer Bank
  24. U.S. Bank
  25. Cardinal IG
  26. Nodak Insurance Company
  27. First International Bank & Trust
  28. Alerus
  29. Roers
  30. UPS
  31. The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
  32. Titan Machinery Inc.
  33. Hatch Realty
  34. Fargo Public Schools
  35. City of Fargo
  36. Xcel Energy
  37. Essentia Health
  38. Western State Bank
  39. Gate City Bank
  40. Corwin Automotive Group
  41. Western Products, Inc.
  42. Choice Bank
  43. Flint Group
  44. General Equipment & Supplies
  45. Concordia College
  46. Vogel Law Firm
  47. RDO Truck Centers
  48. Bank of the West
  49. Midco
  50. Park Co. Realtors
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