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Jessi Darst

Jessi Darst, RSS Director

Where I live: I live in Winona with my husband Blake, son Liam, daughter Sunny, and our dog Ein.

Current community involvement: I am Treasurer for the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) PTA, a program I attend with my daughter. I also enjoy participating in the Spanish Language Immersion Program (SLIP) at Madison School with my son.

Beau Van Beek, Board President

Where I work: Bernatz & Van Beek

What I do there: Attorney


Jenny Baertsch, Board Secretary

Where I work: Winona National Bank

What I do there: Marketing Manager

Where I live: Winona with my husband, Jim, and 2 children, Tessa and Chase

Current community involvement: Winona Community Foundation board member, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer at Ridgeway Community School, Home Delivered Meals driver for Winona Volunteer Services

Amy Senne Foxx, Board Member

Where I work: Leighton Broadcasting

What I do there: Operations Manager and Midday Host on KRIV-FM - 101.1 The River

Where I live: Winona with my husband, Matt, and 3 children: Ayla, Mylie, and Payton

Current community involvement: I just recently moved to Winona, so Ready Set School is my first endeavor outside of the various local events and organizations we support via Leighton Broadcasting. I also volunteer some time to the Winona Area Youth Hockey Association.

Blake Koebke, Board Member

Where I work: Merchants Bank in St. Charles

What I do there: Ag/Commercial Loan Officer

Where I live: St. Charles with my wife Amanda and son Myles

Current community involvement: Deliver meals in the St. Charles community for Meals On Wheels

Brenda Volkman, Board Member

Where I work: Winona Area Public Schools

What I do there: School Counselor

Where I live:Winona with my husband Steve Volkman.
We have six children altogether (blended) Hunter, Summer, Briar, Elijah, Lael, and Levi

Current community involvement: Ready Set School and various school district committees

Chong Sher Vang, Board Member

Where I work: Project FINE

What I do there: Program Development Director

Where I live: Minnesota City with my wife, Yang, and 3 children, Pa Cha, Philip, and Joseph

Current community involvement: Citizenship Review Panel board member, Saint Charles Farmers Market board member, Winona School District #861 – Diversity Education Committee

Gretchen Hoffman, Board Member

Where I work: St. Charles Public Schools

What I do there: Title One Coordinator

Where I live: St. Charles

Current community involvement: St. Charles Backpack Program, St. Charles Hometown Resource Center

Theresa Nunemacher, Board Member

Where I work: St. Charles Public Schools

What I do there: School Social Worker

Where I live: St. Charles with my husband, Mark; we have 3 children Michael, Rachael, and Aaron

Current community involvement: Winona County Collaborative board member, Winona County Area School Linked Mental Health Advisory team member, Winona County Child Protection Multi-disciplinary team member, Whitewater Country Coalition board member and S.T.A.N.D. student group advisor, Peer Helper student group co-advisor, Winona County 4-H club & county volunteer/leader, & St. Charles Area Youth Mission team co-coordinator.

Tori Todd, Board Member

Where I work: Lewiston-Altura Schools

What I do there: School Counselor

Where I live: Winona

Emily Cassellius, Board Member

Where I Work: Winona Area Public Schools, Washington- Kosciusko Elementary School
What I do there: Teach second grade
Where I live: In Winona with my husband, John, and our two children Bryan and Molly
Current Community Involvement: Ready Set School, Program Management at Winona Volunteer Services, and various committees within Winona Area Public Schools