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In August 2016, the Ready Set School Board of Directors announced Jessi Darst as the new director of Ready Set School.

“The Board of Directors looks forward to Jessi’s leadership and utilization of her creativity to expand the mission and realize the vision for Ready Set School,” Steve Volkman, Ready Set School Board President, said “Her commitment and connection to the community will be a great addition to the organization.”

“I’m excited to be a part of Ready Set School and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, community partners, and the families we support,” Darst said. “This organization is so important because it works to make sure our children have what they need to participate in their classrooms; it’s just one more reason why Winona is such a great place to raise a family.”

Darst played a significant role in establishing the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, leading the Professional Development Committee and planning many community events. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Early Childhood Family Education Parent Teacher Association. A Winona native, Darst attended Minnesota State College Southeast Technical and earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting in 2006. She and her husband, Blake, live in Winona with their two children, Liam (5) and Sunny (3).