Volunteers of American Minnesota and Wisconsin Appoints Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Finance


(Minneapolis, February 5, 2018) – Volunteers of America-Minnesota and Wisconsin (VOA-MN/WI), a nonprofit health and human services organization, announced two key leadership appointments. Anna Petersmeyer will become Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Sarah Fjelstul has accepted the role of Vice President of Finance.

The two-state organization, now in its 122nd year in Minnesota, serves more than 20,000 older adults, children, youth and people with disabilities. It projects revenue of nearly $50 million in the current fiscal year.

Anna Petersmeyer, formerly Vice President – Services, is responsible for all VOA–MN/WI services and operations. Her role will strengthen our capacity and overall operational effectiveness. Anna will be a key partner to enhance our strategic growth through disciplined and integrated planning.

Anna is a Licensed Social Worker and holds an MBA from Bethel University.

“I’m excited to work with a wonderful and dedicated team of people to serve our diverse communities,” said Petersmeyer.” We will plan well, execute well and measure well, but at the end of the day – it’s all about the difference we make for the people we serve.”

Sarah Fjelstul brings more than 20 years of experience as a controller and chief financial officer for a variety of organizations, ranging from a start-up to a $180 million division of a Fortune 50 company. She has experience working with boards of directors, leadership of large teams, and a thorough understanding of audits and process improvement. She has served as VOA-MN/WI’s interim controller since last October.

Fjelstul holds an MBA in Accounting from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

“I am excited to join the leadership team at VOA,” said Fjelstul. “I look forward to contributing my for-profit discipline and focus on process improvement. Effective and efficient financial controls will help to ensure that Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin can continue its wonderful history of supporting our most vulnerable populations.”