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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.

Jenny Baertsch, Board President

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 and Grants Committee chair, Junior Achievement classroom volunteer at Ridgeway Community School, Home Delivered Meals driver for Winona Volunteer Services

Blake Koebke, Board Vice President

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

Emily Cassellius, Board Secretary

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

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.

Beau Van Beek, Board Member

Where I work: Bernatz & Van Beek

What I do there: Attorney


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

Heather Casper, Board Member
Where I Work: Curator of Education at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona
What I do there: Plan and facilitate public and school programs, develop gallery tools for visitors to learn more about artworks, manage volunteer tour guides, write grants and evaluate programs
Where I live:  On Broadway!  In Winona with my husband, John, and our two children Max and Jack.
Current Community Involvement: Dementia Friendly Winona Task Force Member, SPARK! Alliance of Museums: Development Committee (Group of museums and cultural organizations across Minnesota and Wisconsin offering programs for people living with memory loss)


Kate Carlson, Board Member

Where I work: Visit Winona

What I do there: Partnership Director and Visitor Center Manager

Where I live: Winona with my husband, Adam, and 2 children, Olive and Henry

Current community involvement: Participant in the Arts Lab Peer Learning Community program with the City of Winona; member of the Winona State University Learning and Community Engagement Committee

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

Tricia Wehrenberg, Board Member
Where I work: Winona Public Library

What I do there: Youth Services Librarian

Where I live: Winona, MN

Current community involvement: I am currently a member of the Youth Mental Health Initiative, the Birth to Grade 3 Committee, and the SMU Page Series Advisory Committee.