The Owatonna Business Womens (OBW) installed their 2015-16 officers at a recent meeting. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Owatonna Country Club.

After voting by Owatonna Business Women members, Kerri Lynch of Tri-M Graphics will serve at president. The vice president for public relations is Katie Simon of Avaya, the vice president for programming is Jessi Harty of Walser Automotive and the vice president for membership is Ryan Gillespie of Bremer Bank.

Meg Miller of Lasson Management and Stella & Dot was elected secretary. Sara Pichner of Clifton, Larson & Allan will serve as treasurer. Penny Hammond of Outta Space Organizing will chair the Woman of Achievement program.

The public affairs awareness committee chair will be Beth Gilthvedt of Horizon Eye Care. The historian and leadership & development chair will be Karen Legault of Thrivent Financial and Legault Images. And the technology coordinator will be Carol Hacmac of Wenger Corporation.

New members were also installed, including Jessica Walerius, Jennifer Seykora, Kim Schaufenbuel, Laura Resler, Stephanie Nelson, Meg Miller, Pam Mikeworth, Melissa Malecha, Diana Lobo, Carrie Laue, Kristin Jessop, Jessi Harty, Penny Hammond, Beth Fondell, Jennifer Fisher, Jana Effertz, Kiley Caron and Dawn Benko.

The objective of the Owatonna Business Women is to lift the standards of women in business, promote the interests of professional women and extend opportunities to women. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Owatonna Country Club from 11:30AM to 1PM. Meetings are a chance to network and learn about topics important to women in business. Guests are welcome at no charge for their first meeting. For more information contact Ryan Gillespie at

The mission of OBW as stated in their news release, "is to educate its members regarding topics of interest relating to the personal growth, professional development, and political awareness of issues relating to women and to award scholarships for the post-secondary education of women."

New officers were installed at the recent meeting of the Owatonna Business Women. Submitted photo