Staff

Karen Ahrenstorff

Vice President/Compliance Officer/Retail Manager

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Karen has been in the banking and finance industry for over 34 years. As a compliance officer, Karen is responsible for keeping up to date with any changes or new banking regulations and implementing changes. She is also a loan officer for real estate and consumer lending. Karen is a current member and past president and treasurer of the Lake Crystal Area Chamber of Commerce. In her spare time Karen enjoys baking, reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Tom Evensvold

Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Tom has over 40 years in financial services, of which the last 15 years he has been with MinnStar Bank, providing policy direction for the loan portfolio of the bank. Tom also personally services a number of ag and commercial loan accounts. When he is not working Tom likes to travel, read and spend time with grandchildren. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University.

Judy Hayes

CFO

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Judy has been in community banking for 39 years in all departments of the bank. As CFO, Judy oversees the daily accounting activities of the bank, cash management, internal control and scheduling regulatory reporting. She provides extensive knowledge to research and answer questions that clients have. In her spare time Judy enjoys traveling, sailing and lake living. She is a graduate of South Central College.

Aaron Loken

Senior Vice President/Senior Commercial Lender

507-625-6816
Mankato

Aaron comes to MinnStar Bank with over 15 years of experience in the financial field. As a Senior Commercial Lender, Aaron manages business portfolios and works to develop new business relationships. He enjoys working with clients to look at the big picture and understand their needs to give them the best products and services for success. Aaron has worked with a number of charitable organizations including United Way, Junior Achievement, MAYBA and Big Brothers. He is currently the executive treasurer for St. Peter Community Child Care Center. Aaron enjoys playing basketball, golf and curling and is a huge Minnesota sports fan. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Ryan McCabe

Vice President/Senior Credit Analyst

507-625-6816
Mankato

Ryan has been with MinnStar Bank for over three years and previously was working as a CPA in public accounting. He is responsible for the analysis of customer financials and the preparation of loan narratives documenting conclusions regarding related credit decisions. When Ryan is not working he enjoys skiing, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato and St. Mary’s University of Winona.

Mark Monson

CEO/President

507-625-6816
Mankato

Mark has been working in the banking industry since 1991. As Senior Commercial Lender, Mark is responsible for managing a large commercial loan portfolio, developing new commercial relationships, business development and underwriting, structuring and closing of new requests. Mark enjoys basketball, golf, running, weight training and spending time with his wife and three kids. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University.

Scott Nelsen

Assistant Vice President/Lake Crystal Market Mgr.

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Scott joined MinnStar Bank in 2014 after working in the financial services industry and at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As a commercial lender, Scott advises clients on consumer and commercial lending. He stays closely connected with the Small Business Administration to provide expertise on how MinnStar Bank can help small businesses be successful. Scott enjoys running, spending time with family and friends and has a passion for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He is a graduate of Peru State College and Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Joseph O'Sullivan

Assistant Vice President/Ag Loan Officer

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Joseph has been with MinnStar Bank for over a year and is responsible for origination and underwriting of agricultural loans as well as the creation and implementation of business analytic reporting and creation and management of the crop marketing program, partnered with Commodity and Ingredient Hedging. In his spare time Joseph enjoys hunting, golfing, showing cattle, spending time with family and is a ringman for O’Sullivan Auctioneers. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

Betty J. Ouren

Vice President Marketing Manager/HR

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Betty has been in the banking industry for 30 years and has experience with the big banks as well as community banks. Betty is responsible for staffing administration, marketing, bank philanthropy and working with retail banking to assure customer satisfaction. She currently is a member of the ICBM Marketing Council, ICBM HR Council and SMHRA. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching soccer, volunteering and spending time with family. Betty is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Linda Reid

Vice President/Loan Operations Officer

507-625-6816
Mankato

Linda has been with MinnStar Bank since 1989 and offers experience and knowledge to clients, providing them with consumer lending knowledge from the application process to the close. She is responsible for originating and servicing consumer loans, quality control for mortgage loans, assists with origination and serving of SBA loan guarantees and implements and maintains business analytic reports. She enjoys camping, Pinterest, walking and spending time with family and friends. Linda also does continuing education through Center for Financial Training.

Kent Thiesse

Senior Vice President/Senior Ag Loan Officer

507-726-2137
Lake Crystal

Kent has over 35 years of experience in farm management and agricultural lending with MinnStar Bank and the U of M Extension Service. He is responsible for all aspects of agricultural lending and writes a weekly column for his blog, Focus on Ag. He currently serves on a variety of boards including Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial School Board, MN Farm Bureau, MN Agri-Growth Council and Farmfest. Kent is a graduate of University of Minnesota.

Dave Thompson

Vice President/Mankato Branch Manager

507-625-6816
Mankato

Dave has been in banking for more than 25 years and is a lifelong resident of Mankato. Dave is responsible for mortgage lending, commercial lending, consumer lending and daily branch and building management. He provides clients with knowledge of the community and business culture in this area. Currently, Dave is the president of the Mankato West Boosters Club and is a member of the Education Committee of the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota. Dave enjoys hunting, fishing, shooting, camping, working on cars and spending time with family. He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato.