WSU Foundation Board

The Winona State University Foundation is comprised of Trustees, representing a variety of occupational and economic backgrounds, who provide general counsel and financial support to enhance higher education at WSU. A Foundation Trustee is part of the WSU Advancement team. Their experience, judgment, and special expertise will strengthen the University and its services for the students and citizens of our region.

WSU Foundation Board Leadership

Thom Head shot

Thom Kieffer
Winona, MN
SVP/Chief Trust Officer, Winona National Bank

Greg Head shot

Vice Chair
Greg Evans
Winona, MN
President/Chief Banking Officer, Merchants Bank

Dan Head shot

Immediate Past Chair
Dan Mortensen '79
Richmond, VA
Executive Director, Virginia Council on Economic Education

Jim Head shot

Jim Meyer '85
Peoria, AZ
V.P. and Director of Field Operations, Federated Insurance Companies

Bob Head shot

Bob Strauss '76
Winona, MN
V.P. of Business Development, Fastenal

Scott Head shot

Ex Officio
Scott Olson
Winona, MN
WSU President

Foundation Trustees

Mike Arnold Portrait

Michael Arnold
Minneapolis, MN
Certified Financial Planner, Arnold Financial Services

Robert Befidi Portrait

Robert Befidi ’96
St. Paul, MN
Strategic Business Development, 3M Health Information Systems

Howard Bicker Portrait

Howard Bicker ’70
St. Paul, MN
Retired, Executive Director, Minnesota State Board of Investment

Bob Biesterfeld

Bob Biesterfeld ’99
Chanhassen, MN
V.P. of North America Surface Transportation, CH Robinson Worldwide

George Bolon Portrait

Dr. George Bolon
Winona, MN
Retired, Professor Emeritus, Winona State University

Bob Brewer Portrait

Bob Brewer ’77
Blowing Rock, NC
Consultant/fitness center owner

Debra Eagle Portrait

Debra Eagle
Rochester, MN
Mayo Clinic, Division Chair, Education Administration

Scott Ellinghuysen '89
Winona, MN
Vice President of Finance, WSU

Mike Ericson Portrait

Michael Ericson ’86
Maplewood, MN
City Administrator, Centerville, MN

Karen Fawcett Portrait

Karen Fawcett ’83
Winona, MN
Retired, Winona Community Education Parenting Education Outreach Program

Ted Fredrickson Portrait

Dr. Ted Fredrickson ’67
Cottage Grove, MN
Retired, President of Capital University, Columbus, Ohio

Chops Hancock Portrait

Chops Hancock ’11
Winona, MN
Retired, Blue Gold Real Estate Foundation Trustee, UWEC Foundation Trustee

Donna Helble Portrait

Dr. Donna Helble ’74
Winona, MN
Retired, Professor Emerita, Winona State University

Steve Heuslein Portrait

Steve Heuslein
La Crescent, MN
President, La Crosse Truck Center, Inc.

Scott Johnson Portrait

Scott Johnson ’82
Bloomington, MN
Attorney, Robins, Kaplan, LLP

John McShea Portrait

John McShea ’79
Chicago, IL
Actor, Retired Banker

Tim Missling Portrait

Tim Missling ’87
Burnsville, MN
Wealth Management Advisor, US Bank Private Client Reserve

Ken Mogren Portrait

Ken Mogren ’70
Winona, MN
Retired, President Winona Agency

Robert Neis Portrait

Bob Neis ’76
Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Retired, Hal Leonard Companies V.P. of Manufacturing

Mark Nichols Portrait

Mark Nichols ’78
Lake City, MN
Money Management UBS Financial Services

Terry Oelkers

Terry Oelkers ’85

Rochester, MN
Nilfisk, Inc.

Scott Opfer Portrait

Scott Opfer ’84
Springfield, MO
President, Opfer Communications, Inc.

Dick Record Portrait

Dick Record
La Crosse, WI
Semi-retired, V.P. and National Sales Manager, Family Radio, Inc.

Dave Rubenstein Portrait

David Rubenstein ’86
Manhattan Beach, CA
CEO, California Ethanol & Power, LLC

Dan Rukavina

Dan Rukavina
Retired Honorary Member

Missing Photo

Pat Rukavina
Retired Honorary Member

Mike Russell Portrait

Michael Russell ’84
Cave Creek, AZ
Senior Account Executive, Federated Insurance

WSU Missing Photo Image

Mark Spieler ’95, ’98
Houston, TX
Halliburton Energy Services Director, Customer Financial Services Treasury

Tom Taylor Trustee Headshot

Dr. Tom Taylor ’77
Tucson, AZ
Consulting Geologist, SedPetrology, LLC

Jolene Vaselaar Portrait

Jolene Vaselaar
Winona, MN
Branch Manager, Altra Federal Credit Union

Dr. John N. Weis Protrait

Dr. John N. Weis
Scottsdale, AZ
Retired, Professor Emeritus, Winona State University