Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

The primary working group for the Comprehensive Plan Update is a 12-member volunteer Steering Committee appointed by the Mayor. Steering Committee members represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds, and they provide close citizen oversight of the Comprehensive Plan Update process. The committee works directly with City of Winona staff and consultants HKGi and Engage Winona.

Meet the Steering Committee 

Michelle 20Michelle Alexander

Michelle serves as a Board Member for the Winona County History Center, The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, The Winona International Friendship Association, Kashubian Capital Centennial Celebration and various committees for Home and Community Options and her church.  She has served the community of Winona as a dedicated volunteer and Council member for the past 12 years.  She is a small business owner.


Brian Buelow (Planning Commission)Brian buelow 

Brian Buelow is chair of the Winona Planning Commission. He likes Winona for its easy access to outdoor recreation, beautiful setting and small town vibe.


Annette FreiheitAnnette_Freiheit

Dr. Annette Freiheit is superintendent of Winona Area Public Schools and loves all seasons in Winona.


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Andrew Guzzo is a Regional President for Merchants Bank. He enjoys the broad spectrum of resources that the City of Winona affords residents and visitors; specifically, higher education, thriving businesses, beautiful topography, arts, entertainment, parks, plus warm, inviting citizens!


Laurie lucasLaurie Lucas (Port Authority)

Laurie Lucas works at the Winona County History Center and enjoys supporting the community and land preservation efforts. She says, "Winona is home. Its natural beauty, people and history are what keep me here."


rahel mekonnenRahel Mekonnen

Rahel Mekonnen is a senior at Winona State University and the Co-President of the Black Student Union, she loves the inclusivity in Winona. 

Ssadie neumanadie Neuman

Sadie Neuman is the Communications Chair for the Recreation Alliance of Winona (RAW) and she loves getting outside to explore our bluffs and backwaters. 

JovyJovy Rockey

Jovy Rockey is the owner of Orno Gift + Home and a jewelry artist. 

Andre Russeau

Andre Russeau was born and raised in Winona and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. His favorite things about Winona are the close sense of community and the abundance of outdoor recreation--most specifically the outdoor ice rinks! 

Rachelle Schultzrachelle schultz

Rachelle Schultz is the president/CEO of Winona Health and recently moved to the lovely area of Pickwick where she can now enjoy a beautiful river drive to and from work.


Jeff Van FossenJeff Van fossen

Jeff Van Fossen is the founder of CodaBow International and enjoys Winona's countless outdoor and arts activities with his wife Marcy and their four children.


Nathan WoodworthNathan woodworth

Nathan Woodworth is President of WKM Properties and a local volunteer and father of three.

 Meet the project staff and consultants

 CaCarlos espinosarlos Espinosa, City of Winona

Carlos Espinosa is City Planner for the City of Winona and has worked 13 years for the city. Carlos also lives in Winona with his family and enjoys spending as much time outside as possible.


Luke Sims, City of Winona  Luke Sims Headshot

Luke Sims has served as the City of Winona’s Assistant City Planner since 2017. He is the SE District Director for the MN Chapter of the American Planning Association and is accredited through the Congress for the New Urbanism. Luke enjoys gardening, rehabbing his historic home, and cozying up with a good book.


Jeff Milljeff millerer, HKGi

Jeff Miller has been a planning consultant at HKGi for 16 years working with many communities throughout the Upper Midwest. Jeff was the project manager for the development of the Winona Unified Development Code a few years ago. Jeff grew up in the Mississippi River Valley (Wabasha) and is excited to work with the Winona community on creating a new vision and course for the future.

 Rtrappita Trapp, HKGi

Rita Trapp has been a planner with HKGI for 18 years. She was part of the team that created the City of Winona’s Unified Development Code a few years ago and is happy to be back working with the community.

 Marcmarcia ratliffia Ratliff, Engage Winona

Marcia is the Executive Director of Engage Winona, an independent nonprofit that works to ensure that everyone has access, voice, and power in community decision making. She enjoys meeting community members and taking long walks around Winona.