2 new members elected to AACF Board of Directors

Diann Drew and Mary Gorghuber have both been elected to serve an initial three-year term.

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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Area Community Foundation announced today the election of two new members to the AACF Board of Directors. Diann Drew and Mary Gorghuber have both been elected to serve an initial three-year term.

Diann Drew

Diann Drew is the publisher of the Echo Press. She has been in Alexandria since 2000 and worked as the controller until being promoted to publisher in 2020. She is also active in the Alexandria Kiwanis Club, Alexandria Rotary Club, Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and Minnesota Newspaper Association.

Mary Gorghuber

Mary Gorghuber recently served as the donor relations coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. She was the national sales manager for a leather company in the sporting goods market and worked in local radio for 23 years. She is community focused volunteering for Habitat and on several committees for the Church of St. Mary’s.

In addition, current board member Linda Akenson, Nick Heydt and Derek Holt were elected to serve a second three year term. Derek Holt is also serving as the treasurer of the board.

Other board members of the AACF Board of Directors include: Sally Smith — chair, Jack Driscoll, Kathy Fisher, Pat Hedlund, Kirsten Nelson, Jason Pohlen, Catherine Stine and Josh Tatge.


The board of directors governs the Alexandria Area Community Foundation, conducts development activities, approves grant decisions and works to engage people, connect resources and build community.

The Alexandria Area Community Foundation attracts and administers charitable funds for the benefit of the local Alexandria area. Since 1992, AACF has grown to more than $7.6 million in assets and awarded more than $6.6 million in grants to nonprofits.

The AACF is governed by a local board of directors and is a partner of CommunityGiving, which is a collaborative of many community foundations united under a single framework to create efficiencies that maximize the impact of our donors. Collectively, CommunityGiving administers more than 900 funds totaling nearly $201 million.

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