Board of Directors
Ryan Benson - Chair
A lifelong resident of the St. Croix Valley Area, Ryan has been a community banker for over 25 years. He is currently at Lake Elmo Bank as a commercial lender. He and his wife live in Stillwater with their two busy children. Ryan enjoys time with family at the cabin, hunting and fishing.
Susan St. Ores - Vice Chair
Susan St. Ores is a Senior Director at SAP Global Marketing. SAP is the world’s leader in application and analytics software and leading enterprise cloud company with more than 296,000 customers in over 190 countries. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Susan’s passion for civic leadership has been demonstrated as a six-term elected Mayor of Bayport, MN and holding board positions on non-profit and community boards.
Chuck LeRoux – Secretary
Chuck is the Director of Safety and Disability Management for Andersen Corporation and has been with Andersen for 20 years. Chuck oversees the implementation of their safety program which minimizes work related injuries/illnesses and keeps people safe on the job. He has served on the Planning Commission for the City of Oak Park Heights, and as a Board Member for the St Croix Valley Baseball Association.
Kevin Johnson – Treasurer
Co-Owner. Forward Accounting
Kevin Johnson is an Accountant with Forward Accounting, an accounting services and tax firm in Stillwater. He provides tax compliance, planning and accounting services to both businesses and individuals. Prior to launching Forward Accounting, he worked for Foley Kalseim team in Lake Elmo. Kevin practiced tax accounting with a large CPA firm in Minneapolis for over 5 years and also has over 10 years of small business management experience. He lives in Stillwater with his wife and two children.
Lisa Bevens - Past Chair
Owner. Home to Sweet Home
Lisa is the owner of Home to Sweet Home, a personal move management company that specializes in helping older adults with all the details of downsizing and transitioning to a new home. With a 30+ year background in bank management, Lisa brings value in the areas of business development, financial analysis, and especially, customer service. A life-long resident of the St. Croix Valley, she enjoys giving back to her community in the form of active membership in multiple service organizations. Lisa also sings and plays fiddle for an acoustic band. In her spare time she and her husband Mike enjoy fishing and hiking.
Charles "Chuck" Dougherty
Owner. Water Street Inn
Chuck, along with his wife Judy, own and operate the Water Street Inn in Stillwater and the Cover Park Manor Bed and Breakfast in Oak Park Heights. He also serves on the Oak Park Heights City Council, President of the Stillwater / Oak Park Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau and on Explore Minnesota Statewide Tourism Advisory Board.
Owner. The Lumberjack
Sara along with her husband, co-own five Anytime Fitness Centers, the Trumi Franchise system and is also a co-founder, lead talent, and trainer for Wellbeats; a virtual fitness presentation for live experience. She is also the owner of the The Lumberjack in downtown Stillwater. She is a very active non-profit community leader and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Marina, Mulberry Point Yacht Harbor and the Discover Stillwater Tourism Bureau.
Vice President of Ancillary Services. Lakeview Hospital
Nathan is the Vice President of Ancillary Services for Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater. His responsibilities include oversight of EMS, Lab, Imaging, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Rehab, Homecare and Hospice and is a key member of the senior leadership team for Lakeview Hospital. Nathan and his wife, Donnie, moved to the area about 5 years ago and have fully embraced the lifestyle and culture of the St Croix Valley.
Rick is a marketing, sales and business professional and has experience with day-to-day business operations with newly formed companies, non-profits, and publicly traded corporations. Value driven, and focused on results, Rick is committed to the highest levels of efficiency, ethics, and collaboration. As a 25-year Stillwater area resident, Rick is a member of the Stillwater Sunrise Rotary Club and sits on the board of the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association. He is currently the Executive Director of The Partnership Plan. Rick and wife Carol live in Bayport.
Annette Sallman is the Director of Community Education for Stillwater Area Public Schools. She has more than 25 years of experience in education. After joining the Stillwater school district in 2004, Annette served in several roles before assuming the director's position in 2014. Although she does not live in Stillwater, she considers this her community. Beyond her work from the school district, she is a board member for United Way Washington County East, serves on the Lakeview Health Foundation and Well-Being Advisory Committee.
Attorney. Eckberg, Lammers
Kevin Sandstrom is an attorney at the law firm of Eckberg, Lammers in Stillwater, a general practice law firm serving all of the legal needs of businesses, individuals, and municipalities. With more than 10 years of experience, Kevin’s law practice focuses on business lawsuits, real estate lawsuits, personal injury and workers’ compensation lawsuits, and municipal law. Kevin has been an active member in the Chamber since 2008, has served as an Ambassador, and later joined the Board of Directors in 2010. On the Board, he has served multiple terms as the Secretary, Vice Chairman, as well as Board Chairman. Kevin and his family live in Woodbury.
Development and Community Engagement Manager. United Way of Washington County East
Kelly Stenerson is the Development and Community Engagement Manager for the United Way of Washington County East. Her role is to educate the community on the importance of philanthropy, while bridging relationships and fundraising for the many agencies that United Way supports. A life-long resident of Stillwater, Kelly is active with the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and loves to contribute her time and talents with various local non-profit events. Kelly loves living in Stillwater with her husband and her black lab, Luna.