The Sawyer County | Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation Centers On:
- Encouraging New Business Ventures
- Supporting Existing Businesses to Grow for Long Term Stability
- Bolstering the Local Workforce: Skills, Knowledge, Infrastructure
We are here to recruit new businesses to the Sawyer County / Lac Courte Oreilles communities. We also want to help our existing businesses thrive. Through partnerships between our area governments, municipalities, agencies and talented individuals willing to roll up their sleeves, we are moving forward in the areas of:
- Job creation
- Job retention
- Workforce training
- Community development for improved living
- Housing development/availability
Meet Our Board of Directors
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.
Lynn is a lifelong Hayward resident and currently, Associate Dean of Continuing Education for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College; responsible for scheduling classes in 11 of our northwest Wisconsin counties. Since joining WITC in 2007, Lynn has worked in both teaching and management capacities. Prior to that, Lynn worked for 17 years at Peoples Bank and was a downtown Hayward business owner of Wood ‘n Things, for 10 years. Both of Lynn’s adult children and their families live and work in Hayward as does, husband, Matt. Recreation time is spent camping, motorcycling and working in various art mediums. Lynn has served as past president of Hayward Area Chamber and been on numerous local volunteer boards.
EDC Vice President
Chris Ruckdaschel joined the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation Board in 2017 and is the Executive Director of the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce (HACC). His HACC responsibilities include directing all activities of the chamber, including marketing, event execution, economic development, advocacy, membership communications and continuing education for the HACC membership. Prior to joining the Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris was an Associate Director for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, an Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a Human Resources Specialist for Systems Unlimited, Inc. in Iowa City. Ruckdaschel earned a B.A. in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa and an M.B.A from Anderson University.
Linda joined the board in 2016 when the board was first formed. She was elected Secretary at the first formal meeting. Her business, Beehive Botanicals, was established in 1972 by her father, Warren Ogren. She took over ownership of Beehive Botanicals from her father in 1992. Beehive Botanicals is a custom dietary supplement manufacture currently with 44 employees. Linda has served on several boards over the years and is currently on the Northwoods Humane Society board. She also does volunteer work at the Hayward Library and the Hayward Elementary School.
Bruce is a founding member of the Sawyer County/Lac Courte Oreilles Economic
Development Corporation. He is on the Sawyer County Board of Supervisors.
Bruce is a Green Bay boy who left his home state to work in Minneapolis for
a CPA firm, Cargill and before retiring as The Carlson Companies
Corporate Controller. As soon as he was able, he moved back home to
Wisconsin. He and his lovely wife Margi have been full-time Hayward residents since
Jim Anderson is the General Manager of Jump River Electric Cooperative. Jim relocated to Wisconsin from Tanner Electric Cooperative in North Bend, Washington where he was the Manager of Operations and Engineering at Tanner Electric Cooperative. Jim has also worked for electric cooperatives in Montana and Oregon. Before joining the cooperative family he worked for investor owned utility companies in Oregon.
Jim has worked in generation, transmission, distribution and substation construction and maintenance, as well as metering. He holds Journeyman classifications as a Lineman, Substation Wireman, and is also a Meter/Relay Technician. He has helped implement new technologies and ideas in the electric utility industry for the improvement of power quality and system reliability.
Jim’s education is in business management and he has continued his education and training in all phases of utility operations and management. He is a member of IEEE, as well as other professional associations. Jim is looking forward to using this knowledge to benefit the members of Jump River Electric Cooperative.
Jim and his wife have family in Wisconsin and Minnesota; they are active members in the community.
Jump River Electric Cooperative (JREC) is a member-owned utility cooperative headquartered in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. JREC’s mission is “to provide safe, reliable, economical electric energy and other valuable services to enhance our members quality of life“ to the more than 8,400 rural members it serves over 1,759 miles of distribution line.
The local cooperative has been in business for 78 years and serves members in parts of six counties, including Barron, Chippewa, Price, Rusk, Sawyer and Taylor.
Desmonde joined the board in May 2018. Before moving to the Northwoods in 2015, Desmonde lived in New Orleans for 7 years where she attended law school and practiced as an attorney. Since moving to Wisconsin, Desmonde has served as an Elder Benefits Specialist and now works as an advocate for elders with Wisconsin Judicare while she studies for the Wisconsin Bar. She also runs a remote consulting company for attorneys in Louisiana and writes on the side for outdoors media outlets as a member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. In her spare time, Desmonde enjoys fishing, cooking, playing with her huskies, and pretty much anything outside. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Senior Resource Center and is a co-host on the Wisconsin Northland Outdoors radio show.
Emily Neff is a Senior at Hayward Senior High School. She is the student representative to the board.
Craig grew up in Wausau, WI and he and his wife Deb moved to Hayward 18 years ago. Craig spent 6 years as the Hayward Middle School Assistant Principal, 4 years as the Hayward Middle School Principal, and is currently in his 8th year as Hayward School District Superintendent. Craig was requested to join the board in May of 2018. He strongly believes that community cohesiveness is a key element to a community and school district moving forward in a positive direction. He enjoys working with a variety of business owners and advisory counsels to provide opportunities for all students to be career and college ready. In his spare time, Craig enjoys spending time on area lakes and in the woods hunting deer.
Ed joined the Sawyer County / Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation Board in February 2017. A resident of the Town of Draper since 2005, he was elected to the Town of Draper Board of Supervisors in April 2009. Ed was a faculty member of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln as a Professor of Natural Resources, from 1975 to 2005. His teaching and research focused in fisheries and aquatic ecology. Prior to that Ed taught Biology at Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1972 to 1975. Graduate Studies: Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1967 to 1972; M.S. and PhD in Zoology, Botany and Geology. Undergraduate Studies: Wisconsin State University – Stevens Point 1962 to 1967; BS Conservation and Biology Ed’s home town is West Allis, Wisconsin and he graduated from West Allis Central in 1962. He has been married to his lovely wife, Dianne, since 1965. They have three children, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. His interests include outdoor sports (hunting, fishing, photography, gardening, nature study, cycling, snow shoeing), writing, reading, music, and travel.
Mike joined the Board in September, 2018. He is the Hayward Market President for Peoples Bank Midwest bringing many years experience as a commercial lender and in management of financial institutions. Mike also has many years experience in retail management. Past and current experience with Rotary, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis and Church Boards.
Jason Weaver is a citizen of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and serves as Secretary / Treasurer of the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board. Jason is an L.C.O. High School graduate and a U.S. Army Veteran. He earned an Associate of Science Degree from the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College, a Bachelor of Science with a major in Sustainable Business Management from the University of Wisconsin Superior, and a Master of Arts in Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Jason sits on a special committee for the Wisconsin Legislative Council in Madison and volunteers as Vice Chair of the Native American Financial Services Association in Washington D.C. Jason also serves on the Lac Courte Oreilles K-12 School Board. Jason joined Don Semler to assist in the creation of the Lac Courte Oreilles / Sawyer County Economic Development Committee. Jason is a strong advocate for tourism and promoting the region, and felt that this committee could be useful in coordinating efforts. In his free time, Jason enjoys Wisconsin sports, outdoor activities, and spends as much time as he can on the area trails and lakes with his family.
Ty is a Broker/ Associate for Area North Realty. He was fortunate enough to become a part of the SC/LCO EDC in 2017. The committee has come a long way since it was first introduced and I look forward to helping in any way that I can to keep Sawyer County on top of the list of places to work, live and invest.