Meet the Staff
Lisa Workman, President
Lisa Workman has served as the President of the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce since February 2007. Stillwater, Minnesota is her hometown and she graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications and French. Prior to the Chamber, she was the Marketing Manager at Nelson Auto Center and served on the Chamber Board of Directors. Lisa has worked diligently to lead the business sector of Fergus Falls to become an incredible place to create and conduct business.
When Lisa’s not working hard to find out how the Chamber can best serve their members, she can be found spending her spare time with Troy and their son, Eric, fishing, boating or road tripping. When the boys aren’t around, Lisa enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, photography, cooking and shopping locally.
Lisa believes that in order to make the most of your business each and every day, you must make sure to answer the door to the opportunities that knock. She lives this philosophy out by keeping her office door open to welcome new suggestions, ideas and volunteers.
LeeAnn Barnett, Events Assistant
LeeAnn Barnett has been the Chamber Events Assistant since July 2010. LeeAnn had the unique opportunity of serving on our Board of Directors before coming on staff and has used this previous experience to help her better cater to our member’s needs. LeeAnn can be seen mostly at our Chamber events which she works diligently to coordinate donations for. In addition to aiding in office support, LeeAnn spends much of her time at the Chamber connecting with Members over the phone giving friendly reminders and sharing the news of various events they can anticipate.
LeeAnn invests her time and heart not only in the Chamber, but also in her husband, Joe, their kids and grandkids. On sunny days, LeeAnn will be lost in her garden or found in her kitchen concocting fresh salsa. We took a vote amongst our staff members, and it was unanimous: LeeAnn makes some of the best pickles in town! LeeAnn’s unmatched warmth and hospitality is something she extends to all of our members, so next time you’re downtown, be sure to stop in our office to experience it yourself!
Emily Frustol, Communications Coordinator
Emily Frustol joined the Chamber staff in May 2021 as the new Communications Coordinator. She received her master’s degree in Strategic Communications in 2019 and has experience working for local organizations in Fergus Falls. Emily will be the point of contact for communications to Chamber members, volunteers, stakeholders, and the general public.
Emily is a successful communicator with over 5 years of experience in customer service and 2 years of experience in social media and event coordination. Emily had the opportunity to intern in the Public Relations and Talent department at NBC Universal in Los Angeles, California, before moving to Fergus Falls in the Fall of 2019. Being fairly new to Fergus Falls, Emily likes to spend her time exploring the area. She also enjoys drinking coffee, eating ice cream, watching the Carolina Tar Heels, teaching classes at the local YMCA, and spending time with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Hank.
You may recognize Emily’s warm, smiling face from Uncle Eddie’s Ice Cream Parlor as her in-laws started the ice cream shop in 2020. She has helped launch the social media accounts for Uncle Eddie’s Ice Cream Parlor. In addition to launching the Facebook and Instagram accounts, she has helped distribute the creative content to the community with news and updates.
Gina Ackerson, Administrative Assistant
Gina joined the Chamber in January 2022 as an Administrative Assistant. This role is a great fit for her because she loves to help people and provide great customer service. Her prior experience before joining the Chamber has been in office management, marketing and human resources. She has also enjoyed volunteering throughout her career, at the school, at church, the United Way, and even one of the local nursing homes doing nails and visiting the residents.
Gina and her husband, Jeff, moved around a little bit before settling in Fergus Falls. She has lived in North Dakota, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. Since she is originally from Minnesota, it feels good to be back in her home state and closer to family.
Gina loves spending time relaxing at the lake, enjoying a great cup of coffee, trying new recipes, and spending time with her husband and three children.
Paul Hicks, Member Services
Paul Hicks joined the Chamber staff in September 2022 in the new Members Service position. After working in the Ethanol field for more than 10 years. Paul and his wife Amy decided to jump headfirst into the world of self-employment. Having successfully flipped multiple homes across Fergus Falls the decision was made to steer towards another form of self-employment. This was when the clothing store Dandelion and Burdock was born. Opened just after the pandemic eased restrictions, it offers Men’s and Women’s clothing for young adults and all ages up. As a small business owner and now a part of the Chamber staff, Paul is excited to be part of the growing business community.
Since starting Dandelion and Burdock Paul has become active in trying to bring people to the downtown area of Fergus Falls. He also helps coach the girl’s soccer team for the Otters. Having that connection to the high school helps keep him driving to do better for the town.