Board members work on a variety of committees to oversee the operations, management and planning for the Winona Community Foundation. These committees include: granting, finance and investments, audit, fund development, nominations, personnel, governance, executive, and special purpose funds.

Board of Directors

Chair: Andrew Guzzo

Merchants Bank

Vice-Chair: Amanda Hedlund

Habitat for Humanity – Winona and Fillmore Counties

Past Chair: Bob Deter

Community Leader

Treasurer: Aaron Young

Great River Shakespeare Festival

Secretary: Kathleen Peterson

Community Leader, retired from WSU

Cheri Eddy

Keller Williams Realty

Christopher Gervais

Gervais Wealth Management

Ann Gibson

Whetstone Machinery, Community Leader

Genelle Groh Beck

RTP Company

Corey Hancock

Benchmark Electronics

Angela Lallemont


Denise McDowell

Winona State University

Kevin O’Reilly

Peerless Chain Company

Jerry Papenfuss

Community Leader


Nancy Brown

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Nancy Brown, CFRE, was appointed the leader of the Winona Community Foundation unanimously by the board of directors in May 2019. She has a B.A. degree from UW-Madison and a M.S. degree in Administration from Notre Dame. She is also a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive). Nancy will be guiding the overall operations, growth and expansion of the Foundation. Nancy resides in Trempealeau with her husband. Together they have one adult son who attends the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Sara Brandon

Finance Director
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Sara Brandon is a Winona native. She earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from St. Catherine University in St. Paul. Sara is a retired Vice President of Merchants Bank Trust with over 35 years of experience in banking. In her part-time role, her primary responsibility will be the accounting and recordkeeping at the Winona Community Foundation, along with working with agency funds and overseeing investment returns. Sara lives in Winona with her husband and together they have three adult children.

Mandi Olson

Administrative & Marketing Coordinator
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Mandi Olson has worked in Winona for over twelve years in administrative roles at non-profits. She has an A.A.S. degree in Marketing from Western Technical College and a B.B.A. degree in Organization Management from Viterbo University. In her part-time role at the Foundation, she will support internal and external customers and be the point person for marketing. She also serves as the Director of Ready Set School in Winona. Mandi resides in Winona with her husband and two young daughters.