Windom Area Hospital is run independently by a local, seven-member, Governing Board. The City of Windom appoints members of the Governing Board. Members serve a minimum three-year term, with a term limit of nine years. All Board members volunteer their time to guide the hospital in areas of finance, professional practices, strategic planning, public relations, and service and facility improvement. The Governing Board also appoints a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is responsible to the Board for operations of the hospital. Meet Governing Board members by clicking the tabs below.
Ryan McNamara, Chair
Ryan was appointed to the Governing Board in 2011 and currently serves as Chair.
Ryan said he was honored to be appointed to the Governing Board. “Ensuring that Windom has a viable hospital is important to me as a community member,” McNamara stated.
Ryan is interested in using his background in finance for the good of the hospital, “I’ve been impressed by the great group of staff and board members at the hospital. I’m hoping my background in finance will provide a unique perspective that can help to build the hospital’s success.”
Ryan is originally from Watertown, South Dakota and lives in Windom with his wife Amy, and two children; Makenna and Gavin.
He is employed as a Certified Financial Planner ® with Bank Midwest Wealth Management in Windom and enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, playing volleyball, hunting and traveling.
Dr. Michael B. Fisher
Dr. Michael B. Fisher, Vice Chair
Dr. Michael B. Fisher was appointed to the WAH Governing Board in May, 2017. He currently serves as Vice Chair.
Michael graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN in 2001 with a Bachelors in Biology and went on to attend the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. In 2005, he graduated as a Doctor of Optometry and is board certified in Minnesota. Dr. Fisher has been practicing for 11 years and is the current owner/optometrist at Fisher Eye Care Clinic, LLC. in Windom, Minnesota. He is also a member of the American & Minnesota Optometric Associations.
To quote Dr. Fisher on his reasons and goals in joining the board he states, “I joined to become more involved in the community. I really want to help make the hospital grow and advance. I’d like to be a part of making beneficial changes to the hospital and community.”
Michael is originally from Windom and graduated from Windom Area High School. He enjoys working out, running, traveling, and antique shopping.
Ann Bartelt, Secretary
Bio coming soon.
Laura Fresk, Treasurer
Laura Fresk was appointed to the Governing Board in May 2017 and currently serves as Treasurer.
Laura has been involved with healthcare her entire professional career, currently working in the long-term care setting on quality initiatives and in the electronic medical record area.
When asked what influenced her decision to serve on the board, Laura said, “A desire to be involved in local health care and influence the services the hospital offers. I’m also interested in community service.”
Laura stated that her goal for her time on the board is to be open-minded towards the process and decisions that come before the board. What Laura is looking forward to most about her service on the board is, “Learning the process of hospital governance and helping guide the hospital in providing quality care and programs for our community.”
Laura grew up in Southwest Minnesota and has lived in Windom for 35 years. She is married to her husband, Steve, and has 3 grown children who are married and have 5 grandchildren between them.
Cindy Espenson, Trustee
Cindy Espenson was appointed to the Governing Board in June 2017 and currently serves as Trustee.
Cindy has been involved with healthcare for over 20 years as a CPA.
When asked what influenced her decision to serve on the board, Cindy stated, “I appreciate having a good hospital in town so I felt I could do my part by serving on the board.”
Cindy stated that her goal is to keep the hospital growing and moving in the right direction to maintain a viable hospital for the future of Windom. What Cindy is looking forward to most about her service on the board is, “Learning more about how the hospital operates..”
Cindy is born and raised in Windom and currently resides with her Husband Jason, son Alex and daughter Elliot. Cindy enjoys reading, spending time with family/friends and lake activities.
Nate Low, Trustee
Nate Low was appointed to the Governing Board in May 2017 and currently serves as Trustee. Nate also serves on the Finance, Personnel, Labor Relations and Building & Grounds Committee.
Nate was born and raised in the Windom Area. He went to MN West for 2-years and graduated from MSU in Mankato. Currently, Nate is employed at AGCO as a Senior Design Engineer. Nate has been committed to AGCO for over 9 years.
When Nate was asked what influenced his decision to serve on the board Nate responded, “I was looking to get involved in the community,” Nate stated, ” I was honored to be asked and thought it would be a good learning experience.” ” I would like to see the hospital continue to succeed and thrive as it is a very important asset to this community and the area.”
Nate lives in Windom with his wife Sarah and 4 kids, Carson, Sydney, Keely, and Lincoln. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. Nate enjoys staying busy, wether he is farming, snowmobiling, hunting or just spending time at the lake.
Julie Brugman, Mountain Lake Representative
Windom Area Hospital is pleased to have Julie Brugman as Mountain Lake’s Advisory Member to the Governing Board. Julie joined the Board in an advisory capacity in 2007.
As an Advisory Member, Julie will represent the community of Mountain Lake in matters of healthcare at Windom Area Hospital. She will participate in monthly Board meetings, and is invited to attend any Board committee meetings. These include Finance/Personnel and Labor Relations and Building and Grounds, and Professional Practice/Planning and Quality committees. She is also invited to participate in the Board’s annual Strategic Planning session. As Advisory Member, Julie may vote on any committee issues, but does not hold a voting position for formal Governing Board votes.
“I was born and raised in Mountain Lake, and I am very proud of this community,” says Julie. “I didn’t hesitate to say yes when asked to serve as the representative on the hospital board, because I feel that everyone should look for opportunities in which they are able to help serve their community.” Included in Julie’s goals while she serves as the Advisory Member are to be a positive liaison and voice for her community, because “a strong relationship between the community of Mountain Lake and the Windom Area Hospital is beneficial for all concerned.”
Julie lives in Mountain Lake with her husband, Dennis. After a career in banking, Julie now stays busy directing plays at Mountain Lake High School, serving on the Mountain Lake School Board, and spending time with her five grandsons. In her rare moments of spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, gardening, and spending time with friends.