Bridget is the co-owner/founder of Elite Mechanical Systems in Windom, which is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. She has enjoyed working with her husband to build this business from the ground up and thrives on the ability to help customers every day. Bridget has about 20 years of firsthand experience in management, logistics, accounting, human resources, international business, and marketing. Besides working with people, Bridget’s favorite thing to do is create strategies and systems that streamline business for profitability and better serving clientele. Working on the Chamber board has been a great experience so far, Bridget has especially enjoyed focusing on things that the Chamber can do to bring positive culture change to the business community and public in Windom. Bridget enjoys crafting, Bible Study, watching Vikings & Wild games, being on the lake, and spending time her husband, Travis, and their three children, Austin (8), Ally (6), Jacob (2).
Board Vice President
Emily is the Chief Human Relations Officer at the Windom Area Health where she has been working since 2013. Emily has nearly 20 years of experience in human resource roles including biotech, retail and healthcare industries. She is a graduate of Windom Area High School and has a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of St. Thomas. Emily is involved in the Breast Health Walk, Fun Run, Farm and Home Show, and Be Well Path events and enjoys gardening, running, and golfing. Emily and husband Matt have two sons, Madden and Micah. She has enjoyed being on the Chamber board, especially being involved in the revival of the annual gala.
Krista is the current Accountant, Associate Manufacturing for The Toro Company – Windom Plant. She attended Lake Area Technical College in Watertown obtaining a Finance degree. She then received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting through Rasmussen College-Fargo. She then received her Master’s of Business Administration in 2015 thru the University of Phoenix. Krista and her family moved to Windom in 2016 and has been the Windom Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach – B Squad Head Coach. Her husband, Travis, teaches Science courses at Windom Area Schools and is the Head Football Coach/Assistant Track Coach. They have two daughters, Khloey, Brinley and of course our crazy pup, Mauer. She formerly served as a board member for the Windom Country Club as the Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Krista also enjoys summer activities both coaching basketball and for leisure playing sand volleyball and golfing. Krista is eager and excited to become more involved in this wonderful, small town community!
Valerie is the Windom Area Schools’ Community Education Secretary. Valerie graduated from Mankato State University with a BA in Geography and a minor in Business. Valerie is also currently the clerk for Germantown Township and on the Lamberton American Legion Auxiliary Board. Valerie and her husband Steve live on a farm North of Jeffers. Steve is a rural mail carrier, an organic farmer and has a cow-calf herd. They have two children- Katelynn is the Coordinating Producer for Elon University Athletics in Elon, North Carolina and Sam farms, has his own cow-calf herd and does crop insurance adjusting. In Valerie’s free time she enjoys spending tie with the family and being crafty.
Windom is my hometown. After moving away for college my career took me to Atlanta, Georgia and Shakopee, MN before deciding that small town living was how I wanted to raise my 3 children, Keegan (12), Ryker (8), and Liberty (5). After a decade working in the government sector I settled into self-employment as a REALTOR with EXIT Realty- Great Plains in July 2017. I am a life long learner. I have Bachelor of Science degrees from North Dakota State University in Sociology and Emergency Management with a Minor in Community Development. I love to see how individuals and communities come together and how to keep them SAFE! I also have a Masters in Public and Non-Profit Administration from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. In the summer when not in the office I can be found at the baseball field cheering on my boys or relaxing at our camper. In the winter I am most likely at the ice rink with my younger son at hockey. My daughter will be trying figure skating this year. My husband, Philip, and I also enjoy being active with our church. We enjoy volunteering with the adult and youth programs along with other community and school activities. I am usually toting my Nikon camera with me as well.
Lisa is the Broker/Co-Owner of River’s Edge Realty in Windom. She lives in Windom with her husband Scott, who is a Cattle Broker with Fredin Bros. out of Springfield & they have a working Ranch where they raise Feeder Cattle. Lisa grew up in Windom but moved to Louisiana right after High School, that’s where she started her Real Estate career. She moved back to Windom in 98’ with her son, Tanner & daughter Jessica. Her youngest son Austin is a Junior at WAHS, he keeps her busy with Hockey games. She spends as much time with her Grandchildren, Paxton (8), Weston (5) & Griffin (2 1/2) as she possibly can, and stays very busy keeping up with the 3 dogs, 2 cats & 3 horses at home. She looks forward to bringing her experiences to the Board & getting out in the Community more with many of the events we share with the residents of Windom. Lisa has been a Member of the Chamber since 2005 when she bought Clark Properties & she was on the Chamber Board from 2005-2010 and served as President of the Chamber in 2009-2010. She is serving as a Chamber Board Director once again. Lisa is also active in her church as a past Elder & a current Deacon at the First Presbyterian Church in Windom & is a Full Time REALTOR at her Real Estate office.
Dana has been an employee of Bank Midwest for the past three years as a Retail Associate. She grew up in Windom, spent her college years in Sioux City Iowa, moved on to Chicago and then to the Twin Cities area before making full circle back home. Dana also serves on the City of Windom Park and Recreation Board, as well as the Windom Figure Skating Club Board. She and her husband Chris have two children, Hannah (13) and Nolan (6). Along with all of the kids events, Dana’s winter is busy with coaching figure skating and summer is spent camping at their seasonal lake site.
Alec has worked for Hy-Vee for 14 years in many different capacities, he has served as an assistant director for the last 5 years with Hy-Vee and transferred to the Windom store in October of 2018 from Worthington. Alec was born and raised in Heron Lake and graduated Southwest Star Concept School in 2003. They moved to Windom in 2014 when his wife of 9 years accepted a job at the Hospital as a medical lab tech. They have 3 Children Liam (7), Carson (4) and Oliver (3). In his free time he enjoys watching all forms of motor sports and hanging out with his family. He looks forward to meeting more area residents and being more involved in the community.
Brandon is currently employed at Ag Builders of Southern MN in Grain Handling & Post Frame Building Sales and project management since May of 2010. Brandon has the privilege of working with local farmers and businesses to grow and improve grain handling and storage facilities both on farm and commercially at grain cooperative. He enjoys interacting with people on a daily basis and being able to help them improve operations. He previously has worked at Daktronics as a Marketing Intern and transitioned into Account Manager while there. As Account Manager, he managed accounts for businesses such as the Seattle Mariners, LA Dodgers, San Francisco 49ers and other by maintaining service contracts and commitments after the sale and installation. Brandon is a graduate of Garner-Hayfield Schools (Garner, IA; 2004) and has a B.S. in Physical Education with a Sport Management Emphasis & Minor in Marketing from MSU – Mankato (2008). Brandon enjoy playing golf and basketball, cheering on the Iowa Hawkeyes, running road races with his wife Melissa, and enjoying time with their three children, Brynnley (6), Landrey (3) and Finley (10 months).
For the past four years Cory has worked as a Graphic Designer in the composition department at Citizen Publishing Company. Originally from the north metro area of the Twin Cities, he attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he obtained his BFA in studio arts and a minor in theater. Before moving to Windom, Cory was the Artistic Director of the Amery Classic Theatre, a single-screen movie theater and live performance venue, in Amery, Wisconsin. He and his wife Emily have two children, Atticus (4) and Epi (2). Cory’s most recent successes have included winning regional and national awards for his newspaper ad designs.
Amy is a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Windom. She recently earned her designations for Accredited Portfolio Management AdvisorSM and Behavioral Financial Advisor. She is a graduate of Red Rock Central High School. She has a BS in Accounting with a certificate of taxation from the University of MN, Crookston. She also serves as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee for Windom Area Health. Her husband, Jeff, works for Toro in the Fabrication department as an Engineer. They have 3 children, Alex, Jayce and Rylee. In her free time she enjoys running, camping with the family and just about any outdoor activity.