Board & Staff

WCI Staff

  • Anna leads, directs and manages West Central Initiative, and guides its strategic direction. She also acts as WCI’s chief spokesperson and represents the west central region to the greater state of Minnesota.


  • Sandy is part of the executive leadership team, responsible for the administration of all internal operations of WCI. “Being part of an innovative, growing organization with shared values for community, respect, responsiveness, learning and stability has been and continues to be very near and dear to me – together we can create a better tomorrow!”

  • Building strong relationships that benefit our region and communities is key to Rebecca's work at WCI. "By making connections, we find out what we have in common and how we can work together toward shared goals."

  • Greg is responsible for WCI’s business initiatives including the loan programs, technical assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs, and WCI’s equity financing programs; he also oversees WCI’s economic development planning work, and the organization’s partnership with the Federal Economic Development Administration. "I'm passionate about the region, the woods, waters and prairie, its communities, and the businesses and entrepreneurs that are part of the fabric of those communities."

  • The administration of WCI's grant programs falls under Wendy's responsibilities, including the planning and evaluation activities. “I am a firm believer in the power of rural philanthropy. It is inclusive and visionary and can enable whole communities to come together, articulate their dreams and become the places they want to be.”

  • Wayne’s primary responsibility is to work with communities in the region on transportation planning issues, including bicycle/pedestrian planning, Safe Routes to School planning, Complete Streets projects, transit planning and other transportation issues. Wayne also coordinates transportation planning with WCI’s economic development planning efforts.

  • Sheri manages and oversees communications, public relations and marketing to maintain and enhance the image and awareness of WCI. “I’m a big-city transplant who has embraced rural living. I do more, see more, contribute to community more than I did before.”

  • It's all about the kids! Nancy ensures that the early childhood project, funded by The McKnight Foundation, is successfully completed and appropriately coordinated with the efforts of the other Minnesota Initiative Foundations.
    "I love my job at WCI, all day everyday I get to learn, share, and do around early childhood! What more could an early childhood advocate ask for?"

  • Coordination and oversight of WCI's fundraising efforts and endowment development are Tom's responsibilities. In addition, he works with individuals, communities and organizations to establish charitable (component) funds.

  • Jill is responsible for WCI’s economic development work and assists with transportation and community development plannings. “I truly believe, as Paul Wellstone said, that ‘We all do better when we all do better.’ WCI has a long history of raising up our communities, and I am thrilled to be a part of that legacy.”

  • Rick works primarily on WCI’s Live Wide Open regional marketing campaign, helping businesses, communities, counties and organizations promote reasons for people to live and work in west central Minnesota.

  • Kathy takes care of all funds coming into WCI, balances all checking account statements, prepares financial statements, year-end reports and statements, etc. She also assists with financial reporting to all of WCI's funders.

  • Rick joined WCI as a part-time accounting assistant. He assists the accountant to help serve our donors, loan recipients, grantees and component funds.

  • Deb provides legal documentation support to the loan department. Deb is also responsible for all aspects of WCI’s database management and provides administrative support to the WCI Board of Directors.

  • Duane assists the loan program, on a part-time basis, as a loan analyst.

  • Tammy is responsible for assisting the grant department and the development office, in addition to coordinating the office calendar and conference rooms.

  • It's Donna's pleasure to greet you when you call or come in to WCI's office. In addition, she provides administrative support for the President and all departments, and maintains WCI's database. "I believe happiness grows from gratefulness. So, whether you have a little or a lot, just be thankful for what you’ve got!"