Get to Know: Kellen Hinrichsen

United Way of Steele County would like to welcome Kellen Hinrichsen to the team. His role is the Donor Development Coordinator. We sat down with him to learn a little more about what brought him here:

What was your path to United Way of Steele County?

My background is in museums and I had been working in this field for the past 15 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the Steele County Historical Society. During my time in the museum field, I had the opportunity to work with United Ways in multiple communities and always found the work that they did inspiring and uplifting for the community. The mission of the United Way always resonated with me, so when this opportunity came up, I felt compelled to apply and strive to be a part of the team. I am excited to take on this new role and work to improve the lives of everyone in our community.

What excites you the most about taking on the role as the Donor Development Coordinator for United Way?

First and foremost, I am excited about the chance to continue to serve Steele County and to build and strengthen relationships with local supporters. This position offers the opportunity to get to know members of our community better, learn about their passions, and help them find ways to align those passions in ways that can positively impact Steele County. At its core, this position is about connecting people and bringing us together as a group in order to overcome challenges. This is a thrilling opportunity that allows me to continue to serve Steele County in new ways that will make it stronger and more vibrant for future generations.

Help us get to know you a little better. Tell us five fun facts about yourself.

  • I have been married to my wife, Megan, for 11 years now and we have two wonderful children.
  • I have lived in 10 different places during my life (but don't worry - we plan to stay in Owatonna!!) including areas in all four continental US time zones and one location in South America.
  • I love to try foods from around the world and Ethiopian food is among my favorites. (Doro Wat may be my favorite dish of all time!)
  • One of my hobbies includes building and painting miniature figurines. It helps with relaxation and artistic expression.
  • I once took part in an archaeological excavation in the mountains of Romania and helped to excavate and uncover a Dacian hill fort that had been besieged by the Roman army nearly 2000 years ago.