Windom Area Health 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.
Dr. Michael B. Fisher
Dr. Michael B. Fisher, Chair
Dr. Michael B. Fisher was appointed to the WAH Governing Board in May, 2017. He currently serves as the 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.
Kay Gross, Vice Chair
Kay Gross was appointed to the WAH Governing Board in September 2017. She currently serves as the Vice Chair.
Kay graduated from South Dakota State University, in Brookings, SD, with a double major in Agricultural Business and Commercial Economics. Kay currently is the District Administrator for the Cottonwood Soil and Water Conservation District.
When asked what influenced her decision to serve on the board, Kay said, “Living in Windom all my life, I have had numerous occasions where the hospital has been a place where we (my family and I) have had life changing experiences; some joyful and some sorrowful but I believe the professionalism and care that was given by all staff is something we need to keep and nurture in our community.”
Kay is looking forward to learning the intricacies of hospital governance and to use her personal experiences to help strengthen the goals and objectives of the Board and Staff.
Kay has been around Windom her entire life. She grew up on a farm northwest of Windom, attended Windom Area High School and currently lives in Windom. She is married to Bruce Gross and has two sons Tyler Clark (27) and Ryan Clark (23) and step family including Darrin and Krista Jass Family from Mankato, MN and Brett and Lynda Gross Family from Baxter, MN. Kay enjoys spending time at her cabin and being on the lake pontooning with family and friends. She also likes to travel.
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.
Julie Brugman, Non-Voting Rep.
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 Health. 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 Windom Area Health 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.
Cindy Espenson, Trustee
Cindy Espenson was appointed to the Governing Board in June 2017 and currently serves as a 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 here with her husband Jason, son Alex and daughter Elliot. Cindy enjoys reading, spending time with family/friends and lake activities.
Mary Holmen, Trustee
Mary Holmen was appointed to the Governing Board in June 2018 and currently serves as a Trustee.
Mary worked as a registered nurse for 43 years, with 36 of those years at the Windom Area Hospital.
When Mary was asked what influenced her decision to serve on the board, Mary stated, “I would like to continue to be involved in health care from a different aspect.”
Mary pointed out that she would like to see all services in Windom working together to serve and support the community. She feels it is important for the hospital to continue to grow, expand services and provide quality care.
Mary grew up in Windom, has 4 children, 11 grandchildren and in her spare time enjoys traveling, hiking and quilting.
Dan Ortmann, Trustee
Dan Ortmann was appointed to the Governing Board in May 2019 and currently serves as a Trustee.
Dan works as the Director of Retail Operations for Staples Enterprises in Windom. He also has 25 plus years experience in running and operating several different grocery stores in Minnesota and Iowa.
When Dan was asked what influence his decision to serve on the board, Dan stated, “I feel very strong about the well-being of our community. I have been involved in many different groups to help our community grow and be safe.” He feels the hospital is a very important part of our community.
Dan grew up and currently resides in Windom. He is married to his wife, Linda and they have two children and six grandchildren. Dan recently retired from the Windom Fire Department in February 2019 and in his spare time enjoys working in the yard and spending time at home.