New Executive Director & Executive Committee Appointed by the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation

(October 10, 2022 Hayward, WI) –  During the September 8, 2022 meeting, the Sawyer County/LCO Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors appointed a new President, Monica Johnson, Director of Business Development with NorthLakes Community Clinic. Monica will replace Jessica Wagner-Shultz, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe University, who served as the organization’s President for 3 years, including keeping the organization intact through COVID-19 and staff turnover. “On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to recognize Jessica for her leadership and dedication to the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation, she’s done an amazing job.” said Monica Johnson.

At the August 11 meeting the Board of Directors voted to hire Dalton Hessel as the Marketing/Communications Contractor. Hessel is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Elementary Education and Teaching.  Hessel is a lifelong resident of Sawyer County, an author, second grade teacher, small business owner and known to many as The Northern Nerd.  He spends much of his time working in and promoting the Northwoods of Sawyer County. 

On September 19, the executive committee held an interview for the Executive Director contract position.  With the support of the Board, the Executive Director position was extended  to Kate Barido who previously served as a board member. “I knew Kate would be a perfect fit as our Executive Director, with her background, experience and roots in the community she has great energy and I look forward to working with her,” said Monica Johnson. Kate moved back home to Sawyer County in 2021 after living out of the state for several years.  Barido has a bachelors from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in Geography, Biology and Education and an MBA from King University in Bristol, TN.  She brings experience in tourism, workforce, housing, grant writing, recreation and marketing. She has knowledge of the business community and family roots

 throughout Sawyer County. 

The Board of Directors recently elected its Executive Committee: Monica Johnson – President, Amanda Wilson – Vice President, Jordan St. Germaine- Secretary, Mary Jo Becker – Treasurer  and Jessica Wagner-Schultz – Past President. 

Monica Johnson 


Monica is the Director of Business Development for NorthLakes Community Clinic, an FQHC where she oversees and plans strategic service line growth, business expansion and sustainability in both existing and new markets across Northern Wisconsin. Monica owned her own successful real estate company prior to moving to Hayward in 2019 and has participated on numerous boards and committees related to economic development, education and public policy.

Amanda Wilson


Amanda moved to Hayward in 2011, taking the leap into entrepreneurship with the purchase of Deerfoot Lodge & Resort on the Chippewa Flowage.  Amanda graduated from the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in Commercial Real Estate & Management/Human Resources.

Jordan St. Germaine


Jordan St Germaine is the current Director of the Planning and Grants Department for the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Her priorities within this department are to form collaborative partnerships, seek financial resources, and create innovative programming to support the needs of LCO and to achieve the goal of ensuring Lac Courte Oreilles and the surrounding area are successful and sustainable for future generations. 

Mary Jo Becker


Mary Jo, a Sawyer County resident for most of her life and Retail Banking Manager at Frandsen Bank and Trust, formerly People’s Bank. Mary Jo has had the unique pleasure of meeting many in the community. It is her passion to bring a quality workforce within our communities.

Jessica Wagner-Shultz

Past President

Jessica is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa University. In this role, she is responsible for fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing, and community engagement for the University.

The SC/LCO Economic Development Corporation collaborated with Norvado, Bevcomm and Mosaic to develop long-term plans to bring broadband to underserved areas in Sawyer County and supported the award of over $16 million dollars of AARPA funding, dedicated to Sawyer County’s broadband mission. 

The SC/LCO EDC provided letters of support for: 

– LCO Tribal Government for a Tribal Business Incubator grant application.

– Local businesses to receive Main Street Bounceback grants.

– LCO Tribal Government for a Workforce Innovation Grant. 

– Sawyer County Housing Authority in their request to Sawyer County.

– Northwest Regional Planning in support of the Workforce Innovation Grant.

The EDC Raised $29,880 from other non-county entities in the last fiscal year. 

The EDC, in partnership with the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board, First American Capital Corporation and the U. S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, hosted a Tribal Enterprise & Economic Development Resources Toolbox Discussion in July 2022.

This summer, the EDC worked to develop new strategic goals to take the EDC through 2026.  The goals the EDC will focus on include: 

-assisting the Housing Authority in developing or helping others develop affordable housing for the area.

– assisting new business development when applicable, providing workforce attraction and retention.

– assisting Sawyer County communities in retaining and growing area businesses.

– collaborating with Sawyer County communities in expanding broadband and telecommuter services, working with internet service providers and the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board.

The Board of Directors of the Sawyer County / Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation is composed of all volunteers, dedicating countless hours to improving the business future of our area.

Board Members

  • Michelle Beaudin – Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government 
  • Luke Beirl – Hayward Area Memorial Hospital & Water’s Edge Leo Carlson – Norvado
  • Tara Gokey – Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government
  • Stacey Hessel – Sawyer County Board of Supervisors
  • Mark Lundeen – Hayward TV
  • Craig Olson – Hayward Community Schools
  • Ed Peters – Sawyer County Board of Supervisors
  • Chris Ruckdaschel – Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce 
  • Tweed Shuman – Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government 
  • Mike Stamp – Shell Lake State Bank
  • Rob Susedik – H&R Block Staff

       EDC Staff  

  • Kate Barido – Executive Director
  • Dalton Hessel – Marketing/Communications

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