Board of Directors


Amy Leopold


Amy is a Financial Advisor for Ameriprise Financial in Windom.  She is a graduate of Red Rock Central High School.  She has a BS in Accounting with a certificate of taxation from the University of MN, Crookston.  She also serves as a member of the Patient and Family Advisory Committee for Windom Area Health, member on the Windom Convention & Visitors Bureau, and as President of the Windom Area Development Committee. Her husband, Jeff, works for Toro in the Fabrication department as an Engineer.  They have 3 children, Alex, Jayce and Rylee.  In her free time, she enjoys running, gardening, camping with the family and just about any outdoor activity.

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Lisa Hoffman


Lisa is the Executive Assistant at Staples Oil Co., Inc. after recently returning to her hometown of Windom. She graduated from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management with a BSB in Marketing. After college, she worked at Padilla (public relations agency) in Minneapolis, and Navitor (a Taylor Corporation) in Mankato. Lisa enjoys and has been involved in the marketing, planning, and execution of programs and events for many large and small corporations. In her free time she enjoys golf, coaching with the Windom Figure Skating Club, time at the lake, and spending time with family.


Emily Masters

Past President

Emily is the Chief Human Relations Officer at the Windom Area Health where she has been working since 2013 and oversees HR, Marketing and Community Health & Wellness.  Emily has nearly 20 years of experience in human resource roles including biotech, retail and healthcare industries.  She is a graduate of Windom Area High School and has a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of St. Thomas.  Emily is involved in the Breast Health Walk, Fun Run, Farm and Home Show, and Be Well Path events and enjoys  gardening, running, and golfing.  Emily and husband Matt have two sons, Madden and Micah.  She has enjoyed being on the Chamber board, especially being involved in the revival of the annual gala.

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Steve White

Board Director

Steve works in Sales and Advertising for KDOM radio, of which he and his wife recently became the owners. Steve enjoys being a part of the Windom community and looks forward to working with the Chamber on making Windom a better place. 


Brittany Higley

Board Director

Brittany is a Retail Associate at Bank Midwest in Windom where she has been working since 2015. She currently serves as a member for the Windom Convention & Visitors Bureau and Riverfest Board.  Her husband Jordan works for his family business, Higley Ford, as General Manager.  They have 3 children: Olivia, Grayson, and Eliana. In her free time, she enjoy gardening, time at the lake, and spending time with family.  She looks forward to being more involved in this great community!

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Emily Cenzano

Board Director

I am a Windom native and consider myself a champion for my hometown. I moved back to Windom in 2011 after being away for college and my early career. I received my Bachelor's degrees at NDSU in Fargo with emphasis in Emergency Management, Sociology and Community Development. I earned my Master's in Public & Non-Profit Administration at Metropolitan State University. After three years in real estate I now run Fast Properties. I manage houses and apartments for property owners and connect investors with renters within our community and the surrounding area of Southwest Minnesota. My husband has been employed with Toro for 6.5 years. We stay busy with our three children through hockey, figure skating, dance, and all things school related. 

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Renae Steffen

Board Director

Renae Steffen resides in Windom with her husband Matt and their five children. With each of her kids now attending school full time, Renae enjoys working as the People Experience Lead for the Clerc Family McDonald's.  In addition to her day job, she loves to volunteer in each of her children's classrooms at the Windom Schools and for the MN Hands and Voices program as a parent mentor, specifically for those that are in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. When found with spare time, her whole family loves to enjoy the variety of parks Windom offers, especially the Be Well Path in the Fall.  When the weather turns cold, Renae loves to keep active at the local gym, River Valley Fitness.

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Len Bakken

Board Director

Len is the Director of Human Resources with HyLife Foods in Windom where he has been working since May 2020. Len has approximately 18 years of HR experience in the region, beginning with Avery Weigh-Tronix in Fairmont and more recently with JBS in Worthington. He is a graduate of Concordia University in St. Paul with a BA degree in Organizational Management and Communication. Len has served on many boards in the region over the years and is currently Chairman at the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board. In the past he served as a board member for Nobles County United Way, Worthington Chamber of Commerce & CVB, and the Governor’s Workforce Development Board. Len and his wife Lori have lived in the Windom area for the past 10 years. They enjoy camping, lake activities, and spending time with grandchildren.


Ben Petersen

Board Director

Ben Peterson was born and raised in Windom and is an Outside Sales Specialist for GDF Enterprises. He's been involved with the Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board and active in the Windom Lions Club, in which he's planned and put on many events for over 10 years. In his free time, he loves to do anything outdoors. He looks forward to being more involved with the Chamber and making Windom a must-see place. 


Lindsey Englar

Board Director

Lindsey is the Wellness Center Supervisor at Windom Area Health and has been there since October 2018. In addition to overseeing Wellness Center operations, she is a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Orthopedic Exercise Specialist, and holds an ACSM Exercise is Medicine credential. Apart from training, Lindsey has led several community holiday events around the Be Well Path, and was a part of the Wolf Lake Trail Committee. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors, reading, and photography. She looks forward to becoming more connected with the Windom community as a member of the Chamber Board.

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Derek Jones

Board Director

Derek has a family of four including his wife Darci, Dawson(4), Reese (2), and an exciting addition on the way, due February 2022.  He works at Toro as the Paint/Weld Manager and has been with the company for 14 years.  His hobbies include fishing, hunting, archery, Christmas lighting, anything outdoors, and watching his kids grow and learn. He run a series of Bass tournaments focusing on area lakes that are open to the public. He enjoys living in the Windom area and looks forward to being more involved with community events and bringing some fun!