As a Community Action Agency, Semcac has a unique governing body. The Semcac Board of Directors is required by federal law to have representation from three sectors: 1/3 represent consumers; 1/3 represent public officials; and 1/3 represent private community organizations.  Each of Semcac’s seven primary service area counties, including Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona is allowed three representatives, one from each of these sectors: consumer representatives, private sector representatives, and public officials.

Persons interested in serving on the Semcac Board of Directors- please read below to apply online. If needed, you may request more information by contacting Jennifer Hengel at (507) 864-7741 or

Interested in Joining the Board of Directors?

Seeking dynamic, diverse Board members to serve 4 year terms!  Apply online today – see buttons below or contact Semcac at (507) 864-7741 for an application.

As of October 2023, Semcac is seeking members in the following counties & sector representation:  Houston County- Consumer (client), Freeborn County- Private, Steele County – Consumer (client).

Current Board of Directors Members
Greg Peterson Dodge County, Consumer Representative
Tim Tjosaas Executive Committee; Dodge County, Public Official
Neil Witzel President; Dodge County, Private Sector
Ruth Fallon Treasurer; Fillmore County, Consumer Representative
Larry Hindt Fillmore County, Public Official
Karen Johnson Fillmore County, Private Sector
Patricia Coleman Executive Committee; Freeborn County, Consumer Representative
John Forman Freeborn County, Public Official
OPEN Freeborn County, Private Sector
Bob Burns Houston County, Public Official
OPEN Houston County, Consumer Representative
Carolyn Cripps Houston County, Private Sector
Tina Bell Executive Committee; Mower County, Consumer Representative
Polly Glynn Mower County, Public Official
Janice Ball Secretary; Mower County, Private Sector
OPEN Steele County, Consumer Representative
Rick Gnemi Steele County, Public Official
Rick Wittrock Vice President; Steele County, Private Sector
Brenda Boettcher Winona County, Consumer Representative
Greg Olson Winona County, Public Official
Steve Sarvi Winona County, Private Sector
Brian Lipford Attorney Liaison
Chrissa Mueller Head Start Liaison

Board members determine goals and set policies for the private, non-profit corporation. Board members are reimbursed for mileage to and from meetings and for child care during board meetings.