Board, Advisory & Staff

Willmar Design Center became Willmar Downtown Development on 4-16-14
414 Becker Avenue SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Phone: 320-222-2020


President: Carol Laumer, Exec. Director Rice Home Medical, retired
Vice President: Jana Palmquist, Senior Accountant, Dooley’s Petroleum, Inc.
Secretary: Kelly Gardner, Heritage Bank
Treasurer: John Christianson, Christianson & Associates
Past President: Gary Geiger, President Heritage Bankshares

2014 Board of Directors

Don Williamson, West Central Sanitation
Kelly Gardner, Heritage Bank
Lance Peterson, Peterson Brothers Funeral Home
Greta Smolnisky, Public Defender Attorney
Rick Fagerlie, Willmar City Council Liaison
Brian Bollig, WLACC liaison
Doug Reese, County Commissioners liaison

Advisory Board

City of Willmar:
Marv Calvin, Mayor
Kevin Halliday, Interim City Manager
Bruce Peterson, Director of Planning

City of Willmar and Kandiyohi County Economic Development Commission
Steve Renquist, Executive Director

Kandiyohi County
Doug Resse, County Commissioner

West Central TRIBUNE
Steve Ammerman, Managing Editor

Rice Hospital
Mike Schramm, CEO

Ridgewater College
Doug Allen, President


3/4 time Project Coordinator: Beverly Dougherty (320)894-7901 (cell)

Willmar Design Center Office: 414 Becker Ave SW
Phone: (320)222-2020

Board Member Terms

1st Term

Kelly Gardner (completes Rod Hanson’s term)*                       2016
Lance Peterson                                                                    2016
Laura Borgerding                                                                  2014 (Complete 2015 plus 2016 and 2017)
Roberto Valdez                                                                    2015 (Complete 2015)
Carol Laumer                                                                       2015 (Eligible for 3-year term 2016-2018)
Greta Smolnisky                                                                  2016 (Complete 2015 plus 2016)

2nd Term

Don Williamson                                                                    2015 (Eligible for 3rd 3-year term)
Warren Hagen                                                                      2016
Jana Palmquist                                                                    2015 (Term done unless remains as officer)
Kelly Gardner (completes Dale Hustedt term)**                       2016

3rd Term

Carole Laumer, Immediate Past President                              2016

Elected each year, Treasurer:

John Christianson                                                                2014

*Named District Judge
**Accepted new position in Iowa



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