First day on the job for new United Way director

AUSTIN, Minn. — A southern Minnesota woman is turning her passion for helping her community into a full-time job.

The United Way of Mower County’s executive director position has been empty since January.

Starting Monday, Diane Baker started filling that role. She has been helping area organizations for quite some time, including the United Way where she has been involved since 2008.

“I think I’m already comfortable with the board members, I’m familiar with some of the agencies, so I think there’s a comfort there that’s easy for me to get started, but I still have a lot to learn,” Baker said.

She does not see too much changing from what she is used to.

“At this point I don’t see any big changes in the near future. We have just rolled out the Agenda for Change, so I think we can continue to grow on that. We’ve had a really strong campaign the past few years, so maybe continue to grow the campaign,” Baker said.

She has lived in Austin for the past 16 years and worked as the Manager of Eastern Fleet Operations for McFarland Truck Lines.

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