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Jessi Darst

Jessi Darst, RSS Director

Where I live: I live in Winona with my husband Blake, son Liam (6), daughter Sunny (3), and our dog Ein.

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

Steve Volkman, Board President

Where I work: Trane

What I do there: Design and Data Systems Engineering Manager

Where I live: Winona with my wife, Brenda, and children, Hunter, Summer, Briar, Elijah, Lael and Levi

Current community involvement: Winona ORC Industries board member, WSU Composites Materials Engineering Industry Advisory board member, WSHS Touchdown Club Vice-President, Goodview Trinity Lutheran Church Elder, Western Technical College Mechanical Design Technology Advisory Committee member

 

Beau Van Beek, Board Vice 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 Communications Officer

Where I live: Winona with my husband, Jim, and 2 children, Tessa (6) and Chase (4)

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 (11) Mylie (10) and Payton (4)

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 (7 weeks)

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 (21) Summer (18) Briar (13) Elijah (13) Lael (11) Levi (9)

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 (14), Philip (12) and Joseph (6)

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

Jennifer Al-Saeed, Board Member

Where I work: Riverway Learning Community

What I do there: Technology Coordinator, a Learning Leader Assistant, I also teach a life skills cooking class and coordinate the Yearbook

Where I live: Winona with my two teenage sons

Current community involvement: I am very involved in Riverway Learning Community, the Riverway Learning Community Board of Directors, I also volunteer with the Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai Minnesota tournament, and the Winona Middle School Drama Club.

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 (21), Rachael (19) and Aaron (16)

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