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: Amanda Hedlund

Habitat for Humanity serving Winona County

Vice-Chair: Kathleen Peterson

Community Leader, Retired from WSU

Past Chair: Andrew Guzzo

Merchants Bank

Treasurer: Aaron Young

Great River Shakespeare Festival

Secretary: Genelle Groh Beck

RTP Company

Ann Gibson

Whetstone Machinery, Community Leader

Corey Hancock

Benchmark Electronics

Angela Lallemont

Lallemont Law

Denise McDowell

Winona State University

Kevin O’Reilly

Peerless Chain Company

Jerry Papenfuss

Community Leader

Jolene Vaselaar

Altra Federal Credit Union

Jackie Czaplewski


Maurella Cunningham

La Crosse County


Nancy Brown


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.

Mandi Olson

Finance Director

Mandi Olson has worked in Winona for over fourteen 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, her primary responsibility will be the accounting and recordkeeping at the Winona Community Foundation, along with working with agency funds and overseeing investment returns. She also serves as the Director of Ready Set School in Winona. Mandi resides in Winona with her husband and two young daughters.

Zoe Kwitek

Marketing & Community Relations Specialist

Zoe Kwitek has worked in Winona for the last five years in various roles to support the community. Zoe graduated from Winona State University with a BA in Communications with an Emphasis on Leadership and Advocacy.  In her full-time role at the Winona Community Foundation, her primary responsibilities will be to manage the marketing, office administrative needs and communications.