MANKATO — Greater Mankato Growth recently named new chairs, elected new board members and reappointed others.
Charlie Whitaker of Taylor Corporation is the GMG board chair. Mark Dehen, of the City of North Mankato and Back to Wellness Clinic, is now chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance; and Jessica Hatanpa is incoming Vice Chair of the Regional Economic Development Alliance, as well as a city of Mankato Council Member and Hatanpa Insurance Agency-State Farm.
Andy Wilke, River Hills Mall, is the incoming chair of the Visit Mankato Board of Governors. Other new board members for Visit Mankato are Kaaren Grabianowski, Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota; Nate Newhouse, Pioneer Bank – Mankato; Alec Pfeffer, ISG; and Carrie Flanagan, Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Mankato.
Randy Zellmer, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., will remain chair of the City Center Partnership Board of Governors. New board members are Jessica Potter, Blue Earth County Historical Society; and Jonathan Kemp, Ardent Mills, LLC.
There were no changes to the GreenSeam Board of Governors.
The membership also approved reappointing two eligible incumbents (Annette Parker of South Central College and Sheri Allen of Mankato Area School District 77); one who was an ex-officio board member and will now take a new role as an elected board member; (JO Guck Bailey of Sign Pro and JGBailey Media & Communications); and three first-time board members. The three new members are Ben Ellingson of Eide Bailly LLP, David Kim of Gislason & Hunter LLP and Wesley Otto of OMG-Otto Media Group.