The Windom Chamber provides an exclusive young professionals training program called Rising Stars. This program is designed to honor and train individuals under the age of 35 who are emerging leaders in your organization. This program will recognize up to 10 individuals annually who represent the best of our up and coming leaders in the community. These individuals must exemplify good character, leadership and professionalism not only at work, but in the communities they serve.
These individuals should show the promise of and a commitment to impacting their workplace and the community in a positive manner through professional achievement. Nominees must also show they not only perform their jobs to a high standard, but they also have a commitment to furthering their knowledge and leadership abilities. Nominees must actively work in a Windom Area Chamber of Commerce member business and are required to have been employed for more than a year. Nominees must not be 36 prior to December 31 of their qualifying nomination year.
Rising Stars 2020-2021
Matraca Hanson is the Plant Manager at POET Biorefining – Bingham Lake. She has been with POET since 2016 as a Plant Engineer at the Emmetsburg and Bingham Lake facilities prior to transitioning to her current role. She graduated from NDSU with an Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering degree and Chemistry minor. Matraca and her husband Jacob remain busy outside of work on the family farm near Jackson. They are expecting their first child in May which will bring a new adventure to the family. Matraca enjoys golfing, coaching and judging gymnastics, spending time on the lake and getting together with friends and family.
Windom Area Health
Dia LeFebvre grew up in the Caledonia, MN area and currently lives in Jackson, MN. She started at Windom Area Health in January of 2020 as the Digital Marketing and Events Coordinator. Dia graduated in 2014 from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, with a B.A. in Fine Arts. She has a cat, Marilyn, that she shares her apartment with. Dia enjoys reading, performing arts, and cooking (when she can find the time!)
New Vision Coop
Mic Ostgaard is from Brewster, MN. He currently works at New Vision Coop as a lead grain elevator operator. Some of Mic's hobbies include hunting, fishing and the occasional trip to the casino.
Windom Area Health
Daniel Penaredondo grew up in Worthington and attended high school there. In 2012, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Scientific and Technical Communication. He didn't realize until some time later that he was more suited to the clinical side of medicine. So, Daniel went back to school to become a Medical Lab Tech. He has been working at Windom Area Health for just over a year now and moved to Windom in September of 2020. When not working he enjoys watching or playing just about any sport and travelling. Although, 2020 was not a great year for travel!
City of Windom
Spencer has been working for the City of Windom as the Community Center Director since March of 2019. He has a degree in Recreation and some of his Masters in Public Administration. Spencer has been married to his squeeze for 9 years and we have 4 kids. They enjoy spending as much time as they can with their kids. They play in parks, read books, go to museums or wherever else they can get to.