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

Chair
Thom Kieffer
Winona, MN
Senior Vice President and Chief Trust Officer, Winona National Bank

Greg Head shot

Vice Chair
Greg Evans
Winona, MN
President & Chief Banking Officer, Merchants Bank, N.A.

Dan Head shot

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

Jim Head shot

Secretary
Jim Meyer '85
Peoria, AZ
VP Director of Field Operations, Federated Insurance

Bob Head shot

Treasurer
Bob Strauss '76
Winona, MN
VP of Business Development, Fastenal Company

Scott Head shot

Ex Officio
Scott Olson
Winona, MN
WSU President


Foundation Trustees


Mike Arnold Portrait

Michael Arnold
Minneapolis, MN
Certified Financial Planner, LPL Financial

Robert Befidi Portrait

Robert Befidi ’96
St. Paul, MN
Head, Strategy and Business Development, 3M Health Care Business Group

Howard Bicker Portrait

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

Bob Biesterfeld

Bob Biesterfeld ’99
Eden Prairie, MN
President, North America Surface Transportation, CH Robinson

George Bolon Portrait

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

Bob Brewer Portrait

Bob Brewer ’77
Wake Forest, NC
Managing Member, Eagle Ridge Advisors, LLC

Debra Eagle Portrait

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



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 Community Member

Ted Fredrickson Portrait

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

Chops Hancock Portrait

Chops Hancock ’12
Winona, MN
Retired

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
Minneapolis, MN
Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP

John McShea Portrait

John McShea ’79
Chicago, IL
Actor, Executive Director, Mizuho Securities USA

Tim Missling Portrait

Tim Missling ’87
Minneapolis, MN
Wealth Management, The Private Bank of Wells Fargo

Ken Mogren Portrait

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

Robert Neis Portrait

Bob Neis ’76
Wisconsin Dells, WI.
Retired, Hal Leonard Corporation

Mark Nichols Portrait

Mark Nichols ’78
Minneapolis, MN
Sr. VP Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Service, Inc.

Terry Oelkers


Terry Oelkers ’85

Rochester, MN
District Sales Manager, Nilfisk Inc.


Scott Opfer Portrait

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

Dick Record Portrait

Dick Record
La Crosse, WI
Retired President, Midwest Family Broadcasting

Dave Rubenstein Portrait

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

Dan Rukavina

Dan Rukavina
Winona, MN
Retired, Co-Founder of EMD

Missing Photo

Pat Rukavina
Retired Honorary Member

Mike Russell Portrait

Michael Russell ’84
Glendale, AZ
Senior Account Executive, Federated Insurance

WSU Missing Photo Image

Mark Spieler ’95, ’98
Houston, TX
Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, Haliburton

Tom Taylor Trustee Headshot

Dr. Tom Taylor ’77
Tucson, AZ
President of 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
Professor and Chairman Emeritus, Mass Communications Department, Winona State University, Winona MN & Founder and Principal of Weis Associates, LLC