Meet the Central Lutheran Church Directing Pastor Call Committee
Angela G. and her family have been an active part of Central for three-and-a-half years. “Our children love Central and feel very much at home in the church. We love the multi-generational feel of Central and that so many members of our church family are also our neighbors. Our family has tried to serve in the church as much as we are able with young children and look forward to participating more as the kids grow older.”
Angela has served on a board of directors in Winona previously and has worked or volunteered for many local organizations.
Angela states: “I am honored to be chosen to serve on the call committee and pray that we are able to find a candidate who will help unify this church and bring about positive change.”
Eric Johnsrud has been a part of Central Lutheran Church since 1985 when he and his wife Kari arrived in Winona. At Central Eric has served on the church council and chaired Call Committees for Pastor Davick and Pastor Franko.
Eric has served on the boards of several local organizations and currently is a member of the Board of Directors of Home & Community Options. He is also a member and past president of the Winona Rotary Club, and coordinates student exchanges with Spain for North Star Rotary Youth Exchange.
An Albert Lea, MN native, Eric is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN and the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He practices law with Pflughoeft, Pederson & Johnsrud of Winona.
Besides being a self-described baseball fanatic, Eric plays trombone and his wife Kari plays clarinet with the Winona Municipal Band and the St Mary’s University Concert Band.
The Johnsrud’s have three children: Stefan, Champaign, IL: Erika, Eagan, MN, and Alisa, a junior at Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.
Mark Jungerberg was born in Fall Creek, Wi. His family moved to Winona in 1963 from Menomonie, Wi. He has lived in rural Fountain City since 1984. A Winona Senior High graduate, Mark worked as a welder 24 years with Badger Construction Equipment, and the past 19 years at Peerless Chain in the maintenance department.
Mark joined Central Lutheran in 1963 when his parents moved to Winona. During Confirmation he served as an Acolyte; continues to serve as an Usher (40 years!) and a Communion Assistant (8 years).
Mark’s wife Marie is a teacher at St. Mary’s School and a member of Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Daughter Amy lives in Lacrosse and works at Inland Printing; daughter Laura lives in Buffalo City and works for Logistics Health.
Mark is 20-year veteran – and current president — of the Fountain City FarmFest Lions Club.
Don Klagge enriched the lives of thousands of high school students over the course of a forty-year career as Athletic Director – first in Beaver Dam, WI, then 22 years at Winona High School (1978-2000), hours of community youth advocacy and action, and dedicated church leadership.
At Central Lutheran Don has served as an usher, as kitchen crew for the FEAST, and on both personnel committee and Church Council (including a term as President). He also served on Youth Group Committee and a “young couples committee” for which he was granted special consideration since he was older than his wife, Joni Gates, who he met at Central.
While a member of First Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, WI Don served on the church council and taught high school Sunday School. He and Joni were involved in the Youth Ministries including chaperoning trips to the National Youth Conventions in Houston and New Orleans.
Community involvement includes serving on the board of directors of the Winona YMCA, Winona State University Alumni Society (he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from WSU) and the Winona Public School Foundation. Other community involvement includes the WSU Integrated Wellness Center project, the Morrie Miller Foundation fundraising committee, committees at Winona Senior High School including the “Wall of Champions” project and the Hall of Fame committee, and Telecare at Winona Health.
A noted youth activities advocate, Don has run the Winona YMCA Day Camp and spent fourteen summers at Camp Birch Knoll in Eagle River, Wisconsin which included Director of the Milwaukee Bucks summer basketball camps at Birch Knoll and program responsibilities during the girls camping season.
Don and Joni raised two children: Karen Hemker and Jay Klagge. Karen and family are members of Central and Jay and family are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Loveland Colorado. They have five grandchildren Matt, Ellie, Zachary, Tony, and Marit.
Sam Simataa is an Information Technology specialist for Fastenal. Sam arrived in Winona the summer of 2013 after graduating from Luther College. He asked to practice the Central Lutheran pipe organ, and has remained with the parish since – occasionally performing on community recitals and even leading worship.
Sam brings a global perspective: He grew up in Namibia; finished grade 11 and 12 in Pune, Maharashtra, India; attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa; Interned in Cape Town, South Africa; Took summer classes in Washington, DC; and studied abroad (Jterm) in Paris, France.
Sam enjoys playing soccer with the WSU soccer club; Pick-up Ultimate Frisbee on Sundays at the lake; singing with Blue Heron Consort; and Winona Oratorio Chorus.
Margaret Smart moved to Winona from Kansas City 18 years ago, and loved the liturgy, pastoral staff, and music at Central. “We had no experience with the Lutheran church, but found it was a great fit for my husband’s Presbyterian and my Catholic tradition.” At Central Margaret has been active as a Confirmation small group guide, the FEAST, choir, altar guild, prayer writing, lector, assisting minister, decorating, and wedding coordination.
Margaret holds a BA in Communication Studies and English, University of Kansas; an AA Nursing, Johnson County Community College; and completed some graduate work in Counseling at WSU. Work experience includes Human Resource Management, Nursing, and since 2015 owner Pots and Porches (container gardening).
Margaret has volunteered with many community agencies, and started a flower rescue called “forget-me-not” to freshen up and bring flowers near their expiration date to area nursing homes.
Family includes daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Tony Pham and grandson Bailey in St. Paul, and daughter and son-in-law Claire and Josh Fread, St. Paul. Margaret lives near Lake Winona with husband Tom, and dog Perry.
Tammy Swenson-Lepper is a professor at Winona State University in the Communication Studies Department, where she teaches classes and serves as the internship director.
Tammy’s family consists of daughters Hannah (16), Rachel (11), and husband Todd Lepper. In the fall, Hannah will be a junior at the senior high and Rachel will be a 6th grader at Bluffview Montessori. Todd is an EMS helicopter pilot and aviation training manager at the Mayo Clinic. A dog named Agatha keep their yard clear of rabbits, cats, and squirrels.
The Swenson-Lepper family moved to Winona thirteen years ago and joined Central Lutheran Church. Tammy has also lived in Halma, Moorhead, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, along with San Diego, California, and Pensacola, Florida.
At Central Tammy has been involved with Sunday School for most of her 13 years here, as well as confirmation, search committees for youth directors, and multiple visioning groups.
In the community Tammy is one of the soccer moms who helps organize volunteers/ concessions for WSHS girls soccer. Her primary commitments outside of work are chauffeuring children to their activities and letting the dog out and in.