Executive Director


Since 2006 when Cheryal Hills accepted the position of Executive Director of Region Five Development Commission she has developed dozens of relationships that have secured investments to address regional critical issues in the rural communities of Central Minnesota. She currently oversees a team who deliver 8 lending programs, business Technical Assistance – planning and implementation in the areas of transportation, climate/energy, broadband, local foods, veteran services and the Welcoming Communities program to improve regional cultural competency.


Cheryal serves on the following boards and committees:

Regional Children’s Museum, Sprout MN Advisory Committee, Central Lakes College Advisory Council, Christian Labor Union Local 8 Board, Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO), RED Group - Process Design Team, and the national WealthWorks Hub Network.


Cheryal's credentials include Licensed Practical Nurse, Executive Director of the Mid-Minnesota Builders Association, a MN Realtor license, and an approved MN Dept. of Commerce and MN Dept of Labor continuing education coordinator.

Cheryal can be reached directly at 218.296.5200 or via email at