Leadership in The Valley Steering Committee
Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Robin serves as the Executive Director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce since 2016. Prior to that she worked twelve years in local and state government, 8 years in global consulting, and 6 years as a small business owner buiding a business from the ground up. She is a self-starter and team-player fostering collaboration, ability to multi-task, and to successfully work in face-paced organizations. She has a passion for the community and has lived in Stillwater for over 25 years.
Jen’s offered professional coaching and training for 10 years. With a direct and engaging style, she has a natural talent for digging deep and asking tough questions that get straight to the heart of an issue. Specializing in working with leaders of multi-generational organizations to create innovative, top-performing, and fun teams.
Helping people lead well and achieve more is her passion. While at the Duluth Chamber, she drove an organizational rebrand, ran record-setting membership campaigns, and expanded programming to include one of Minnesota’s first young professional organizations in 2005. Her work earned her the Duluth News Tribune’s 20 Under 40 Award.
Sustainable cultures are what Jen does best. She created a team of 80+ internal coaches for a non-profit, helping community leaders become independent, engaged and confident.
She enjoys the outdoors, local arts and building community wherever she finds herself.
Washington County CDA
Director of Economic Development
Chris Eng currently serves as the Director of Economic Development for Washington County, MN. He has over 25 years’ experience in community and economic development working with the State of Minnesota, regional and at the city and county levels. Previously, Chris served as the Director of Business & Economic Development for the City of Duluth, Executive Director of the Duluth Economic Development Authority and as the Executive Director of the Chisago County HRA/EDA. Chris has also served a Vice President of Public Finance with Northland Securities. He is a certified economic development finance professional and belongs to many organizations that seek to promote and further economic development opportunities in Minnesota.
The Lakes at Stillwater
Director of Operational Development
Mr. Howell has twenty-five years’ experience in senior living operations and development across the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2017, after serving in a number of roles with The Goodman Group’s UK ventures, he returned to the US as the Director of Operational Development with overall responsibility for The Lakes at Stillwater project; as well as, supporting the development of a new skilled nursing facility in Florida, and an acquisition of an assisted living facility in Minnesota. Prior to his work with The Goodman Group, he worked with Sunrise Senior Living, Johnson & Johnson, and others. Mr. Howell holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy & Administration from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania.
Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Proud to be the communications manager for the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. My role at the Chamber allows me to bridge business and community through marketing of our members, mission and events.
At the Chamber, I am also Chair of the Women's Business Bridge, the largest gathering of women in the St. Croix Valley - currently 100+ women business professional members - who connect, learn & grow each month!
I put a creative twist on marketing, branding, and social media, to engage our audience!
Royal Credit Union
Organizational Alignment and Development Manager
As the Organizational Alignment and Development Manager for Royal Credit Union, I work alongside an amazing team that focuses on the training, development and organizational design needs of the credit union. This includes training, leadership development, succession planning, career planning, engagement, onboarding, service levels, internal communication and recognition.
Sharon Mason is the Business, IT, and Law Enforcement Program Manager within Century College's CECT division. She has more than 25 years experince in education and educational sales and currently focuses on leadership development, business industry training, and grant initiatives. Sharon and her husband Mark reside in Woodbury but spend a great deal of leisure time in the St. Croix Valley.
City of Stillwater
Tom McCarty currently serves as the Stillwater City Administrator. He has worked in county and city government in Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 35 years. Tom has broad background and experience in public sector organization structure and operations, policy analysis, fiscal and personnel management. He has been actively involved in professional and community service organizations and citizen engagement initiatives. Tom and his wife Darla reside in Stillwater.
Ostrowski Insurance Agency, Inc
With over 25 years of expertise in Insurance and Financial Services, John acts as President of Ostrowski Insurance Agency located in Stillwater. As an Independent Broker, John is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin where he offers products from over 50 insurance companies. Community involvement is a huge passion of John’s, serving on multiple Board of Directors over the past 25 years. John currently serves as an Ambassador of the Greater Stillwater Chamber, and Steering Committee Member for Leadership in the Valley as well as supporting other organizations. In his spare time, John enjoys traveling with his wife Shelley internationally. Family is the largest priority to John, especially the newest addition of his granddaughter.
Pathfinder Insurance Brokers - Timothy Safe Agency
I am a local Independent Insurance Broker with over 13 years experience as an insurance agent. Specializing in Auto, Home, Life, Business, I love to meet with people to review their current insurance coverage, explain they benefit from it and make any suggestions to insure all of their needs are met.
I live here in Stillwater with my wife and three daughters. We spend most of our time traveling for volleyball, soccer and softball.
Proud supporter of American Cancer Society's Relay for Life along with Stillwater Pony Athletics. I am also a member of Stillwater Elks #179.
Stillwater Area Public Schools
Director of Community Education and Community Relations
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 for the school district, she is a board member for United Way Washington County East, serves on the Lakeview Health Foundation Health and Well-Being Advisory Committee and is an active chamber member.
After 30+ years in a variety of leadership roles in the corporate world Margaret founded UXL. A career coach, author and workshop facilitator, she works with individuals and teams to accelerate their career and overcome challenges.
Margaret is also a licensed practitioner for Insights Discovery, a self assessment tool that helps her clients identify their strengths, motivators and management style to enable their ultimate effectiveness. Margaret and her husband, Marlay, raised their two boys in Stillwater and continue to reside in this historic town.
Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
Jeanne Tongson is the Event Coordinator for the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. She has over 20 years of experience in education, business development, industry training and grant initiatives. Jeanne's past involvement with chambers includes servng as a chamber ambassador and a graduate of Chamber Leadership Institutes in MN and IL. After 12 years away from MN, Jeanne and her husband, Joe, are excited to be back living in the St. Croix River Valley.
Since September of 2014, Ted Wegleitner has been the President of Lakeview Hospital. In July of 2015, Ted added the role of Chief Executive Officer of Lakeview Health and became the Executive Leader of the HealthPartners St. Croix Valley hospitals and clinics. In addition to his role at Lakeview, Ted oversees the healthcare operations at Amery Hospital and Clinic, Hudson Hospital and Clinic, and Westfields Hospital and Clinic in New Richmond.
Ted lives in St. Joseph Township with his wife Maureen. He has three children and one grandchild. He enjoys fishing, golf, and hiking in Willow River State Park.
United Way of Washington County - East
Development & Engagement Mgr
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 Stillwater Chamber of Commerce and loves to contribute her time and talents with various local non-profit events. Kelly loves living in downtown Stillwater with her husband Christian and her black lab, Luna.