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.
Board Vice President
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.
Board Treasurer, Past President
Bridget and her husband, Travis, own Elite Mechanical Systems, LLC. of Windom where she handles the business management, strategic planning, HR, and marketing sides specifically. Bridget has enjoyed the past 3 years working on enhancing the Windom Area Chamber, most recently as board President, and is seeking reelection to complete her second term. Besides her time spent running a business and on the Chamber Board, Bridget enjoys spending time with her family including 3 young and very active kids.
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.
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.
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 Executive Assistant at Staples Oil Co., Inc. after recently returning to her hometown of Windom. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management with a BSB in Marketing. After college, she worked at Padilla (public relations agency) in Minneapolis, and Navitor (a Taylor Corporation) in Mankato. Lisa enjoys and has been involved in the marketing, planning, and execution of programs and events for many large and small corporations. In her free time she enjoys golf, time at the lake, and spending time with family.
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.
Renae Steffen resides in Windom with her husband Matt and five children. With each of her kids now attending school full time, Renae enjoys working for State Farm in Windom as well as McDonald’s of South Central MN, in addition to volunteering in the Windom schools and for the MN Hands and Voices program as a parent mentor, specifically for those that are in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.