Meet Our Staff

Meet Paola DeLage

Accounts Payable

Paola DeLage believes the customer always comes first. She also takes pride in being able to answer any questions customers may have, so they leave the bank with all the information they came for. She loves that by working at a community bank she can detect fraud and help protect customers from it. To work with her fellow personal bankers and help each customer feel like individuals rather than a “number” is important to Paola. She also appreciates working at a bank that is so committed to giving back to the community.

In her spare time Paola loves to sightsee, paint and organize unorganized stuff in her home! A fun fact about her is she had never heard The Beatles until her fiancé made her listen to all of their albums. Now she LOVES The Beatles.

You can contact Paola regarding your banking needs at:

Meet Trevor Zastrow

Vice President/Senior Business Lender

Trevor Zastrow is deeply rooted to Long Prairie. He grew up here, graduated from LPHS in 1985 and began his 29 year financial service career with Lake Country State Bank – which merged with Minnesota National Bank in 2007. Now he has joined our team as Vice President/ Senior Business Lender in our Long Prairie office. 

Trevor has lived and worked in the Long Praire area his entire career and is committed to the community and “hometown banking”. He served on Long Prairie Fire & Rescue.

You can contact Trevor regarding your business lending needs at:

Meet Shelley Gummeringer

Market President/Senior Real Estate Lender

Shelley Gummeringer and Family Minnesota National Bank Pelican RapidsPelican Rapids Assistant Vice President Shelley Gummeringer enjoys the personal interaction with customers as she works with consumer and real estate lending. Her favorite part of this personal interaction is hearing customer’s stories and using those stories to find financial products that fit their needs. She believes in the importance of building long lasting relationships with customers through providing accurate and prompt service, no matter what the situation. She believes all of this is achievable by working at Minnesota National Bank, where she enjoys the opportunity to give back to Pelican Rapids and area communities.

Shelley is involved in the Otter Tail United Way Board of Directors and the Pelican Rapids Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She enjoys working with both of these organizations to better the lives of her neighbors and help strengthen the community.

In her free time, Shelley enjoys doing home and yard projects. She also keeps busy enjoying her daughter’s activities and spending time with family and friends. A little known fact about Shelley is she plays the drums and is currently teaching herself guitar. 

You can contact Shelley at:

Meet Linda John

Personal Banker

Minnesota National Bank Linda JohnAs a Minnesota National Bank employee for nearly 25 years, Sauk Centre Personal Banker Linda John believes it is important for customers to benefit from all bank services, and from her experience with these services.  She enjoys helping customers navigate often confusing financial products to find the product that best fits their needs. This is a personal touch that only a small town, community bank can offer. She always strives to provide the best value for Minnesota National Bank customers, in keeping with the core values of the bank.

Working at the bank since 1979 Linda has enjoyed the many relationships she has made with bank customers and her fellow coworkers.

In her free time, Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling. She also enjoys reading and listening to audio books. She listens to approximately 100 audio books a year.

A fun fact about Linda is this summer she beat her husband in a friendly golf match for the first time by parring two holes. 

You can contact Linda regarding your personal banking needs at:

Meet Jessica Repp

Personal Banker/Sr. Teller

Jessica Repp Minnesota National BankLong Prairie Personal Banker/Senior Teller Jessica Repp’s favorite part of her job is interacting with customers. She has worked at the bank for three years and believes in the value of working for a small town, community centered bank. This is also an important value of Minnesota National Bank. Jessica is known for providing quality service “with a smile” and helping each customer based on their individual needs. She says each customer at Minnesota National Bank is important, and no one is ever considered “just a number.” Prior to working at Minnesota National Bank, Jessica worked at the First State Bank of Swanville.

Jessica stays busy spending time with her children Gavin and Grace. She also loves spending time outside whether it’s camping, riding four-wheeler or just hanging out by a campfire.   

Jessica Repp visited Austria and Germany a few years ago and hopes to go back to visit sometime soon.

You can contact Jessica at:

Meet Rick Jennissen

Vice President

Rick Jennissen family picSauk Centre Vice President Rick Jennissen values his customers. He feels they are his number one priority and works to always be respectful and courteous in every interaction. Rick feels it is important to be empathetic in order to see questions and concerns from each customer’s point of view.

Rick grew up in Sauk Centre and graduated from Sauk Centre High School. He is a St. John’s University graduate and has worked for 25 years in the banking industry. Growing up and living in Sauk Centre, Rick is very active in the community and appreciates the opportunity to reflect important values of Minnesota National Bank: hard work and fairness. Rick works with the Sauk Centre Lions Club, Big Sauk Lake Association, Sauk Centre Combined Fund Drive and sings with the choir at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church. 

Rick Jennissen family pic 2In the free time he has left, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Laurie, and three daughters, Greta, Jamie and Maria. Both he and Laurie have parents nearby, and they also enjoy spending time with them. Rick also plays on a Sunday night Recreational Basketball League. 

In Rick’s college years he sang with a men’s a cappella group. His group won the homecoming talent show in his senior year and was also able to travel to Germany, Austria, Colorado and California through the college choir program.

You can contact Rick regarding your lending needs at:

Meet Kelly Samuelson

Assistant Vice President / Lender

Long Prairie Real Estate and Consumer Lender Kelly Samuelson worked as a student teller in high school and college. She is glad to return to the community she grew up in to work as a lender.

Working in a small town community bank, Kelly enjoys the opportunity to get to know customers by name. She works to provide a comfortable environment for Minnesota National Bank customers. She says the biggest value of a community bank is the trust customers can put in the staff.

Kelly was very involved in Collegiate DECA when she attended Alexandria Community and Technical College. She enjoyed the leadership and business ethics skills she gained through the organization. In her free time she loves to shop, travel, ice skate, read and spend time with her nephew.

Kelly loves tomato juice! She even dips popcorn in it!

You can contact Kelly at:

Meet Joyce Brinkman

Personal Banker

Joyce Brinkman Personal Banker at Minnesota National BankSauk Centre Personal Banker Joyce Brinkman celebrated her 30th year at Minnesota National Bank in July and says there is nothing like getting to know customers while working for a small town community bank. Minnesota National Bank is the only place Joyce has ever worked. She started in high school as a student teller.

Working as a personal banker Joyce says her number one priority is the customer. From the simplest to the most complex tasks she strives to have the answers. She also enjoys being able to identify the products and services each customer needs to get the most out of banking with Minnesota National Bank.

Joyce is a member of the St. Joseph Church choir in Grey Eagle and helps out with other church activities. She also is on a bowling team and loves spending time with her friends and family. When it’s summer Joyce can be seen walking, biking, boating or camping!

You can contact Joyce regarding all your personal banking needs at:

Meet Donald John

Chief Executive Officer

Donald John Minnesota National BankChief Operating Officer and Chief Lending Officer Donald John has a concise philosophy on customer service; do what is right, be fair to our customers and be fair to the company. Donald has worked at Minnesota National Bank for 33 years. In those years he has held a variety of positions including: lending, operations, information systems, insurance and investments. He feels fortunate that he has been able to work with many great teammates and customers.

His favorite part about working in a small town community bank is the impact he has seen in our customer’s success and financial peace. He really values Minnesota National Bank’s involvement in the community, and greatly appreciates the extra effort the team puts in to serve and position our customers to win with their money. Donald has enjoyed being involved in many local organizations throughout the years. He has made many great friendships and truly believes in the words of Winston Churchill, “you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”

In his free time, Donald enjoys going on walks with his wife, traveling and spending time with family and friends. A fun fact about Donald is he used to have a full head of hair!

You can contact Donald at:

Meet Sarah Nelson

Vice President/Compliance and Internal Audit Officer

Compliance and Audit Officer Sarah Nelson is new to the Sauk Centre area and Minnesota National Bank. Sarah previously worked at a community bank in Pequot Lakes and has been in the industry for 9 years. She loves the family feel of working in a community bank and values the ability to get to know her coworkers and customers.

Living, working and raising a family in a small community is very important to Sarah. Being new to the area she is eager to get involved in local organizations and communities. Her and her husband look forward to creating new relationships in Sauk Centre, as her husband is a local business owner.

In her free time Sarah enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children. She loves the lake life, spending the summertime outdoors, camping, boating, reading and doing yoga.   

Sarah was quick to mention an important fact about her is “DON’T TOUCH HER CHOCOLATE!” 

You can contact Sarah at:

Meet Allan Ulbricht

Market President/Chief Lending Officer

Allan Ulbricht Minnesota National Bank and Long Prairie Lion's ClubSenior Vice President and Senior Business Lender Allan Ulbricht recently celebrated his 30th year as a lender in Central Minnesota, and he has worked at Minnesota National Bank for almost 15 of those years. Growing up on a family farm in Southwestern Minnesota, Allan is very knowledgeable in the agricultural field. He also works closely with Minnesota National Bank business clients.

Allan grew up and has always lived in a small town. He believes in working hard to build up local communities. When the community is strong, so is the bank. He believes in the importance of community banks supporting customers and addressing the needs of the communities they serve. To him, Minnesota National displays this quality well. Allan also works to give 110% to every person he works with.

Allan truly believes in paying it forward. For him, volunteering in the local community is the best way he can give back. He is actively involved in the Long Prairie Lions (see photo above where Allan assists in the donation of eyeglasses for the Long Prairie Lion’s Club), Long Prairie EDA, Sauk Centre and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle FFA Alumni and is a Sunday School Teacher at his church. He says the more he puts into each group, the more he feels he gets out of it. He learns the most when he is involved.

In what little free time he has, Allan enjoys watching sports and spending time with his family and friends. 

You can contact Allan regarding your loan and banking needs at:

Meet Mary Borgerding

Senior Teller

Mary Borgerding's children Brandon, Jarrett and TaylorSauk Centre Senior Teller Mary Borgerding believes the most important part of helping customers is to be friendly, efficient and caring. Working her whole career at Minnesota National Bank has allowed Mary the opportunity to really get to know customers. She is always quick to offer a smile to everyone, and loves hearing customer’s stories while assisting them. Mary also enjoys her co-workers at Minnesota National Bank, because they enjoy their jobs.

Mary BorgerdingMary is also the treasurer for the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. She enjoys serving this organization, which works to raise money for improvements to the local hospital and to keep costs low.

In her free time, Mary enjoys cheering on the Mainstreeters at local sporting events, playing volleyball, spending time at the lake, walking and spending time with family and friends (her children Brandon, Jarrett and Taylor shown above).

You can contact Mary regarding your personal banking needs at:

Meet Lynette Smischny

Loan Support and Teller

Lynette Smischny Pelican Rapids Minnesota National BankPelican Rapids Loan Support and Teller Lynette Smichny has been working in the banking industry for 38 years. She started in Denver and has been working in Pelican Rapids since she moved there in 1995.

Lynette values the relationships she has and continues to foster with customers in Pelican Rapids and surrounding towns. She believes the customer always comes first so she tries to do whatever she can to serve Minnesota National Bank customers. She appreciates the fact that Minnesota National Bank decisions are made locally by people that live in the community.

Lynette stays busy in her free time as the treasurer for her church. She also enjoys doing activities with her 15 year old daughter, reading and cross stitching. A fun fact about Lynette is she enjoys traveling to Fargo for the Force hockey games.

You can contact Lynette regarding your lending and checking needs at: