Board of Directors

The Partnership is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of representatives from each of the member groups – businesses, chambers of commerce, economic development authorities, cities and non-profits – as well as up to five “at-large” members who represent the academic community or otherwise offer special expertise on economic development issues. The Board determines the Partnership’s priorities and sets its legislative agenda.

The Board of Directors includes:

  • President – Heidi Omerza, Ely City Council Member
  • Vice President – Amy Baldwin, Community Development Director, Otter Tail County
  • Secretary – Craig Clark, Austin City Administrator
  • Treasurer – Scott Marquardt, Vice President of Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Past President – Nicole Griensewic, Executive Director of the Region Nine Development Commission
  • Jessica Beyer, President and CEO of Greater Mankato Growth
  • Dr. Anne Blackhurst, President of Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Terry Brandt,  Chair of Administration at Mayo Clinic Health System-Southwest Minnesota Region
  • Lori Broghammer, Area Manager of ITC Midwest
  • Robert Broeder, former Mayor of Le Sueur
  • Bradley C. DeWolf, P.E., President & CEO of Bolton & Menk Inc.
  • Tim Flathers, Executive Director of the Headwaters Regional Development Commission
  • Terry Gaalswyk, President of Minnesota West Community & Technical College
  • Patti Gartland, President of Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation
  • Brian Hanson, President & CEO of Apex
  • Dr. Robert Hoffman, B.E.S.T. of Waseca County
  • Brent Iserman, Region CEO & President-Alexandria for Bremer Bank
  • Tom Kuntz, Mayor of Owatonna
  • Scott Marquardt, Vice President of Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Audrey Nelsen, Council Member, City of Willmar
  • Tim Penny, President & CEO of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite Falls
  • Dr. Anna Wasescha, President of West Central Initiative Foundation
  • Barry Wilfahrt, President of The Chamber Grand Forks & East Grand Forks