CEO Mentor

A mentoring program provides an effective networking model for Mower County CEO students. Establishing effective one on one connections, that will strengthen the student's awareness of employment opportunities in our County and develop greater social skills through this mentorship experience. Every Mower County CEO student, known as a student, is matched with a mentor from the business community. Ultimately, these relationships strengthen the CEO program's success and builds generational bridges between the student and the business community.

Here are the following responsibilities and activities:

  • Meet with the student for scheduled meetings to discuss what they are learning in CEO
  • Attend Monthly Mentor Mornings
  • Review the student's business plan for their individual business
  • Experience the weekly progress of their Protege through reading their journal entries of what they experience each day in CEO

Would you like to be a Mentor?

A mentor is a business owner, entrepreneur, or intreprenuer from our areas business community. A mentor is someone willing to share his or her time and expertise with a CEO student. Please contact us, if you are interested in being a CEO mentor. You will be provided mentor training and be required to have a background check to enroll in the program. Successful mentoring partnerships are advantageous for everyone – the student, the mentor and the CEO program.

Our Mentors

Amanda Gunderson
Home Federal
Branch Manager

Lee Aase
HELPcare Clinic

Wendy Anderson
Little Wendy Bird and Aurora Web Solutions
Owner and Social Media Marketer, Co-Owner

Morgan Converse
Converse Candids
Owner and Photographer

Molly Day
FNBC Community Bankers
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Carolyn Dube
Capella University
Instructional Architect

Brianne Erickson
Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
Private Wealth Advisor | Chief Operating Officer

Samantha Hovland
Hormel Foods Corporation
Senior Brand Manager for the Hormel® Pepperoni

Rhonda Ihrke
Hormel Foods Corporation
Brand Manager – BBQ Portfolio

Kirk Kuchera
Cedar Valley Services
Transit Manager

Pat McLaren
Hormel Foods Corporation
Digital Data & Technology

Danielle Nesvold

Mike Postma
Workforce Development
Area Manager

Stephanie Postma
Hormel Foods Corporation
Catapult Development Leader

Tim Ruzek
Mower SWCD - Cedar River Watershed District
Water Plan & Outreach Coordinator

Diana Salas

Jacinth Smiley
Hormel Foods Corporation
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Paul Thompson
Cooperative Response Center

Emily Toland
Attorney at Law
Adams, Rizzi & Sween, P.A.

Jillian Tweed
Mayo Clinic Health Systems
Administrative Assistant

Heather Vossler
Hormel Foods Corporation
Assistant Vice President – Insights, Innovation & Brand Analytics