MEET BOD CANDIDATES

2022 LACC Annual Meeting Details

Three-Year Term

Andrew Darling, Parkway Market and Coffeehouse Manager

I graduated from LHS in 2018 and since then I've worked in a managerial position at several local businesses: the Bite, Lanesboro Golf Course Clubhouse, and since 2021 I am manager of the Parkway Market & Coffeehouse

Kara Maloney, Lanesboro Arts Executive Director

Kara Maloney is the Executive Director at Lanesboro Arts who oversees all strategic planning and development activity. She also drives the organization’s broader educational and community engagement efforts. Maloney brings strong leadership, organizational continuity, positive energy, and new ideas to the Lanesboro Arts roles she’s held since 2016.

As a board member of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce (LACC), Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, and a Lanesboro Junior High Track Coach, Maloney’s dedication to local efforts runs deep. Maloney’s experience in cross-sector partnerships, innovative creative programming, and leadership roles in the community have led her to officer positions on the LACC board which include Treasurer in 2020 and Secretary in 2021.

Jeff Sanders, Bluffscape Amish Tours Owner

I recently bought Bluffscape Amish Tours and finished my first season as a business owner. I am dedicated to the success of our local businesses and to preserve the historical value of the town. I appreciate all of the help and guidance from the Lanesboro small business community and would like to contribute to the mission of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce.

One-Year Term

Alison Leathers, Cottage House Inn Manager

I grew up in Preston working summers with my grandparents at the Cottage House Inn. I have degrees in horticulture and agricultural sciences with hotel experience from Yellowstone National Park and Marriott in Nashville, TN.

I currently serve on the LACC Board, Sons of Norway Heimbygda Lodge Board, and as a board member with the U of MN SE RSDP. I also am active with PEO International, the Lanesboro lodging group and the Lanesboro Businesses Promotion Group. I have been on the LACC marketing team since Nov. 2018.

I am very committed to the efforts of making Lanesboro a premiere destination to live, work and play. We have a solid team, network, and resources ready to move LACC forward to best serve our members, potential members, residents, and visitors.