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 strengthens the University and its services to students and community citizens.

 

WSU Foundation Board Leadership

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Mark Nichols '78

Chair
Minneapolis, MN
Sr. VP Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Service, Inc.

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Bob Strauss '76

Chair Elect
Winona, MN
Retired, VP of Business Development, Fastenal Company

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Greg Evans

Immediate Past Chair
Winona, MN
President & Chief Executive Officer, Merchants Bank, N.A.

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Jim Meyer '85

Secretary
Peoria, AZ
VP Director of Field Operations, Federated Insurance

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John McShea ’79

Treasurer
Chicago, IL
Partner, TecCXO

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Ron D. Dempsey

Ex Officio
Winona, MN
WSU Foundation Executive Director

Foundation Trustees

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Diane Amundson

Winona, MN
CEO, Thriving Workplace with Diane Amundson

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Michael Arnold

Minneapolis, MN
Certified Financial Planner, LPL Financial

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Howard Bicker ’70

St. Paul, MN
Retired, Executive Director, Minnesota State Board of Investments

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Bob Biesterfeld ’99

Eden Prairie, MN
President, North American Surface Transportation, CH Robinson

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George Bolon

Winona, MN
Professor Emeritus, Winona State University

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Bob Brewer ’77

Wake Forest, NC
Managing Member, Eagle Ridge Advisors, LLC

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Bonnie Clipper ‘87

Silver Spring, MD
VP of Nursing Practice and Innovation, American Nurses Association

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Scott Ellinghuysen '89

Winona, MN
Vice President of Finance, WSU


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Mary Elliott ’77

Phoenix, AZ
Retired Senior VP and Worldwide Fidelity and Surety Claims Manager, Chubb Group Insurance

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Michael Ericson ’86

Maplewood, MN
City Administrator, Centerville, MN



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Steve Heuslein

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


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Dana Johnson

Winona, MN
Vice President Corporate Real Estate, Fastenal

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Reggie Johnson '85

Deerfield Beach, FL
Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales

 

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LeAnn Johnson '99

Rochester, MN
Vice Chair, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic

 

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Scott Johnson ’82

Minneapolis, MN
Attorney, Robins Kaplan LLP

 

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Thom Kieffer

New Berlin, WI

 

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Tim Missling ’87

Minneapolis, MN
Wealth Management, The Private Bank of Wells Fargo

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Ken Mogren ’70

Winona, MN
Retired President, Winona Agency

 

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Dan Mortensen '79

Richmond, VA
Executive Director, Virginia Council on Economic Education

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Bob Neis ’76

Wisconsin Dells, WI
Retired, Hal Leonard Corporation

 

 

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Terry Oelkers ’85

Rochester, MN
District Sales Manager, Nilfisk Inc.

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Scott Olson

Winona, MN
WSU President

 

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Scott Opfer ’84

Springfield, MO
President, Opfer Communications, Inc.

 

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Dick Record

La Crosse, WI
Retired President, Midwest Family Broadcasting

 

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Rill Reuter

Winona, MN
Professor Emerita, Winona State University

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David Rubenstein ’86

Manhattan Beach, CA
President and CEO, California Ethanol & Power, LLC

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Dan Rukavina

Winona, MN
Retired, Honorary Member, Co-Founder of EMD

Pat Rukavina

Retired Honorary Member

 

 

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Michael Russell ’84

Glendale, AZ
Surety Marketing Manager, Federated Insurance

 

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Paul Sir '77

Alberta, Canada
Executive Director

 

 

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Jolene Vaselaar

Winona, MN
Branch Manager, Altra Federal Credit Union

 

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Tom Wynn

Winona, MN
Retired VP Sales & Marketing/CEO
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