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November 2019 | (507) 452-2272 | 902 E. Second St., Suite 120, Winona, MN

Business Celebration Ribbon Cuttings with Chamber Ambassadors

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota held a grand opening
for the newest addition to their campus, Brother William Mann
Hall in early October thanks to the generosity of two
anonymous benefactor families. The beautiful three-story,
112-bed residence hall is now inhabited by current Saint Mary’s
students and bears the name of their 13th president, Brother
William Mann, FSC. The university is grateful for his leadership
and vision, and — as was the intent of the generous
benefactors — Brother William Hall will long stand as a lasting
tribute to not only his tenure and accomplishments, but to the
Lasallian legacy he instilled in all of us.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and
empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.
Grounded in its Lasallian Catholic identity, Saint Mary’s is a
nationally ranked transformational and innovative university
with a global footprint. Saint Mary’s graduates gain the
advanced knowledge, skills, and critical-thinking abilities
necessary to be lifelong learners, successful workers, good
neighbors, and ethical citizens that ensure Saint Mary’s
standing as a well-known top-tier national university that
prepares tomorrow’s leaders.
Pictured with the Chamber Ambassadors: Father James P. Burns,
IVD, PhD, President; Brother William Mann, FSC, President Emeritus;
Mary Ann (Wera) Remick CST’64, Chair, Board of Trustees; Jacob
Nicklay, OWA Architects, LLC; Doug Czaplewski, Schwab LLC;
Faustyna Nguyen '22, Student Resident in Brother William Hall.

Semcac celebrated the opening of their new center at 420 E.
Sarnia Street with a Chamber Ambassadors Ribbon Cutting.
Semcac is a nonprofit Community Action Agency (CAA) serving
southeastern Minnesota. CAA’s were established in 1964 to
fight America’s War on Poverty. Semcac’s mission is to
empower and advocate for people to enhance their
self-sufficiency by maximizing community resources. Semcac’s
Winona County Contact Office and Semcac Clinic are now
located at one location, the new Semcac Center. Semcac Clinic
provides high quality family planning and sexual health
services and education. Fees are based on annual household
income. The Winona County Contact Office staff offers
assistance with financial stability, prevents homelessness,
provides assistance during crisis, and helps clients access
services and community resources. With this new Center,
Semcac is looking forward to helping more people who need
their services in the Winona area. For more information visit or follow Semcac and Semcac Clinic on social
media to stay informed about events and news.
Pictured with Chamber Ambassadors: Larry Connery, Semcac
Board President; Doug Grout, Semcac Executive Director; Peggy
Shattuck, Outreach & Emergency Services Staff; Sheila Volkman,
Outreach Emergency Services Staff; Christy Ronnenberg, Clinic
Billing Specialist; Trina Happel, Clinic Registered Nurse; Dana Baer,
Clinic Receptionist ; Megan Musolf, Clinic Director; Sarah Bohn,
Clinic Certified Nurse Midwife; and Annette Theobald, Semcac
Planning & Development Director.

Main Square Montessori held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the
official opening of their new facility in Downtown Winona in the
middle of October. Main Square Montessori is a partnership
between the Hiawatha Education Foundation and Cotter Schools
and serves ages 16 months to 6 years. The new facility, designed
by Miller Hanson and constructed by Schwab Construction, will
provide space for 42 children in a Montessori setting.
As a private, non-profit organization, Main Square Montessori
serves families seeking high quality early childhood Montessori
education. Tuition grant opportunities are available through
the generosity of the Hiawatha Education Foundation.
Enrollment is open, and all families are encouraged to apply.
For more information visit
Pictured with Chamber Ambassadors: Sr. Judith Schaefer- O.P.,
President, Cotter Schools; Jacque Paulsen- Director, Main Square
Montessori; Bob Kierlin- Board member, Hiawatha Education
Foundation; and Monique Kierlin Duncan-Board member,
Hiawatha Education Foundation.

Chamber IMPRESSions

Biz Bites
Christine Beech, executive director of Saint Mary’s University’s Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial
Studies, has been named to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s
advisory board for Launch Minnesota. This new statewide collaboration supports technology startups. Each
of the board’s 10 members come from unique backgrounds in technology and entrepreneurship. Launch
Minnesota will provide financial incentives, training, and grants to people starting scalable innovative
businesses in sectors such as aerospace, agricultural processing, nanotechnology, and medical devices. The
program provides special consideration for startups in Greater Minnesota, as well as businesses started by women, veterans and
people of color. The program has an annual budget of $2.5 million. Beyond providing incentives, Launch Minnesota seeks to bring
the statewide startup industry together to create a stronger network of innovators in Minnesota, and to tell the story of the state’s
startup growth to the rest of the country and the world.
Garrett Fooshee, PA-C, joins Winona Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. A few years into his career as
a personal trainer, Garrett Fooshee said he started feeling like something was missing. After considering what
that something might be, he decided to pursue a career in orthopedics. In September, Fooshee joined the
Winona Health Orthopedic and Sports Medicine team. Fooshee is certified by the National Commission on
Certification of Physician Assistants. He earned his Master of Physician Assistant degree from Wichita State
University, in Wichita, Kansas and his Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“Attending the Winona Chamber Lunchtime
Learning Session “Generations in the
Workplace-Faces of Change” was an amazing
opportunity. Mike Dieter gave so much great
information on all five of the generations and it will
be great to bring back into Fastenal where we strive to work as one
team. I hope that I am able to incorporate some of the information
that Mike gave into some of the recruiting techniques and start to
bring more people onto the Blue Team!”
Jodi Eggert- Fastenal Company
DC Administration/Recruiter
“When we first start the REACH year, we have a
meeting with the students. … They (the
students) won’t even look up. By the end of the
first year, their confidence just grows so much and
they are able to look people in the eye, shake their
hands, have a conversation, have that confidence.”
Rhonda Aspenson, Business Education teacher
Winona Senior High School

New Member
Doherty offers customized workforce solutions to companies doing business throughout
the Midwest. Doherty is one of the largest Minnesota-based staffing firms, operating
nearly 30 offices in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, in addition to servicing
clients at nearly 20 on-sites throughout the Midwest. Doherty connects job seekers and
employers in ways that are beneficial to both. They take great pride in their ability to
attract and retain a skilled workforce. Doherty provides flexible employment options to
their job seekers and offers some of the industry’s best benefits. Thanks to their customized approach, they are able to satisfy the unique
needs of their clients and call upon their team of experts to recommend and develop the best workforce solutions. Doherty is located
in the WKM Building on East 2nd Street on the 3rd Floor, so feel free to stop by at any time to say hello and see how they can help you!

“Leadership Winona Class - Behind the Scenes was
a great experience that provided insight on the
issues facing our agricultural, industrial, and
government entities. We had the opportunity to
meet directly with people who are dealing on a daily
basis with the issues and how they are working to
address those challenges. The tours provided great insight and a better
understanding as to the inner workings of the entities we visited."
Rick L Jaacks, Vice President Commercial Banker
Merchants Bank

Chamber Welcomes new Intern
Shelby Neumann, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Intern, is a Business Administration and Management student at Winona State University preparing to graduate in December 2019.
During her last three years at WSU, Shelby has been involved with organizations and around the community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity, and is currently
holding a leadership position as a Marketing Co-Chair. She was also a member of the WSU Love Your Melon Crew. Shelby started coaching at Kidsport Gymnastics in Winona her sophomore
year. She has also had other coaching jobs throughout the years and has worked with kids of various ages. That is one reason that drew Shelby to intern at the Chamber of Commerce. She is
excited to work with B.E.N./REACH Program Manager, Nicole Schossow, and the rest of the staff at WACC to help organize events for the REACH and B.E.N. Program and see the students succeed
in school and the workforce.


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