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

Greg Head shot

Greg Evans
Winona, MN
President & Chief Executive Officer, Merchants Bank, N.A.
Mark Nichols

Vice Chair
Mark Nichols '78
Minneapolis, MN
Sr. VP Financial Advisor,
UBS Financial Service, Inc.

Thom Head shot

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

Jim Head shot

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

Bob Head shot

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

Dr. Ron Dempsey

Ex Officio
Ron D. Dempsey
Winona, MN
WSU Foundation Executive Director

Foundation Trustees

Mike Arnold Portrait

Michael Arnold
Minneapolis, MN
Certified Financial Planner, LPL Financial

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 American Surface Transportation, CH Robinson

George Bolon Portrait

George Bolon
Winona, MN
Professor Emeritus, Winona State University

Bob Brewer Portrait

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

Scott Ellinghuysen

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

Mike Ericson Portrait

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

Ted Fredrickson Portrait

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

Steve Heuslein Portrait

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

Dana Johnson

Dana Johnson
Winona, MN
Vice President Corporate Real Estate, Fastenal

Reggie Johnson 

Reggie Johnson '85
Deerfield Beach, FL
Pharmaceutical/Medical Sales

LeAnn Johnson

LeAnn Johnson '99
Rochester, MN
Vice Chair, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic

Scott Johnson Portrait

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

John McShea Portrait

John McShea ’79
Chicago, IL
Partner, TecCXO

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

Dan Head shot

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

Robert Neis Portrait

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

Terry Oelkers

Terry Oelkers ’85
Rochester, MN
District Sales Manager, Nilfisk Inc.
Scott Head shot

Scott Olson
Winona, MN
WSU President

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

Rill Reuters

Rill Reuter
Winona, MN
Professor Emerita
Winona State University

Dave Rubenstein Portrait

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

Dan Rukavina

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

Missing Photo

Pat Rukavina
Retired Honorary Member

Mike Russell Portrait

Michael Russell ’84
Glendale, AZ
Surety Marketing Manager, Federated Insurance

Paul Sir

Paul Sir '77
Alberta, Canada
Executive Director

Jolene Vaselaar Portrait

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

Tom Wynn

Tom Wynn
Winona, MN
VP Sales & Marketing/CEO