"Supporting business, nonprofits, economic development, new leaders, retooling underskilled workers, supporting our schools and education and being a driver in awareness for housing needs are all topics that light my fire," Westbrock said. "This is an organization where my skills and passion match the mission."
Westbrock's passion for rural life stems in part from her roots in Browns Valley, situated in west central Minnesota on the border with South Dakota.
"You an take the girl out of the small town, but you can't take the small town out of the girl," said Westbrock. "Growing up in small town USA taught me about agriculture, infrastructure (and lack thereof), small classroom sizes with teachers that really knew who you were and what your capabilities were."
Westbrock hopes to use her experience to continue the Initiative Foundation's work in the areas of workforce development, business lending and education. She also hopes to encourage future female leaders to climb the ladder and enhance their abilities.
Westbrock serves on the Brainerd Lakes Chamber Board of Directors and is past chair of the organization. She also is a trustee for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Health Plan and stays active in her faith, United Way and the YMCA.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, daughter, Emily, and her springer spaniels, Jovi and Aero. She loves spending time outdoors, fishing, pheasant hunting and boating. Mike and Kristi also have fun watching Emily swim through the YMCA Dolphin swim team.