About RCTC Foundation

Established in 1961, the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation exists to support the mission of the College by providing support to students and programs at RCTC, enhancing the quality of education and the future of our students.

We offer scholarships, provide program support, connect alumni, host fundraising events and raise funds for scholarships.


Board of Directors

An independent board of directors, representing our community, governs the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation. These dedicated individuals are stewards of gifts to the RCTC Foundation. Through their leadership, students’ lives are impacted with our scholarship program, campus programs are supported and our community’s quality of life is enhanced.

Philosophy of the RCTC Foundation Board of Directors:
The Foundation exists to influence the quality of student programs at RCTC. Through active, ongoing campaigns to promote philanthropy in the community, the Foundation aims to grow a diverse amount of resources sufficient to provide affordable education for all students, add value and excellence to the programs offered at RCTC, and help insulate the institution from future economic and political forces by filling in gaps in state funding, The Foundation believes that no student should be turned away from RCTC due to inability to pay tuition.

2021-2022 RCTC Foundation Board of Directors

Alexander Lair, President





Markus Lang, Vice President
Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, US Bank




Heather Donovan, Secretary
AVP Commercial Lending, Sterling State Bank




     Ally Hanten Ebert

     Executive Director, Jeremiah Program – Rochester






Matthew Horace
Chief Security Office, Mayo Clinic






Tony Joseph
Director of Business Development, Knutson Construction




Opal Richards
Attorney, Richards Law




Paulette Teigen
Co-Owner, Premium Support Bookkeeping





Peggy Vevang, ’06
Educator (retired)






Core Values of the RCTC Foundation Board of Directors

Spirit of Giving
We recognize our role to attract resources for Rochester Community and Technical College and its students 
Enhancing and Advancing
We believe our role is to enhance and advance the capacity of Rochester Community and Technical College
Engaging the Community
As community leaders, we believe in using our sphere of influence to strengthen understanding and foster relations between the College and community 
Honesty and Integrity
We believe in high integrity as the guiding principal in conducting our business
Responsibility and Accountability
We recognize our responsibility to benefactors and stakeholders and strive for honesty and openness



RCTC Foundation Staff Members

Matt Bissonette, Dean of Career, Technical & Workforce Education and Foundation Director





Kristin Mannix, Advancement Coordinator





Heather McEldowney, Executive Assistant


RCTC Foundation
HC101 – Heintz Center
Phone: 507-281-7771
E-mail: foundation@rctc.edu