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

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.

Mandi Olson

Finance Director
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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

Communications & Office Coordinator
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Zoe Kwitek has worked in Winona for the last four years in various roles to support the community. In the near future, Zoe will be graduating from Winona State University with a BA in Communications with a Leadership and Advocacy Emphasis, Minor in Psychology, and Minor in Ethnic Studies. In her part-time role at the Winona Community Foundation, her primary responsibilities will be to support the office administrative needs and manage communications. Zoe also serves as the assistant to the Scholarship Coordinator at Winona State University.