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.
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.
EDC Vice President
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.
For the nine years prior to moving to Sawyer County, Amanda worked in Lending and Business Development for UW Credit Union, traveling across Wisconsin doing outreach and providing financial education to the communities served by UWCU. Amanda is an avid musky angler who grew up fishing with her Dad and loves any opportunity to get out on the water.
Mary Jo Becker
A Sawyer County resident for the most part of her life, she moved her when she was two years old. It is her passion to bring a quality workforce within our communities. As the 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. She has two children, Brady and Avery, that are the light of her life. Mary Jo and her husband own Becker Property Maintenance, and enjoy the seasonal and full time residents they have the privilege of serving. The young family loves to fish, camp, and enjoy the beauty of the northwoods. Mary Jo's extended family all live within the area and she enjoys watching her nieces and nephews in Hurricane sports and activities.
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.
Executive Committee – Past President
Jessica is the Director of Institutional Advancement at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College. In this role, she is responsible for fundraising, alumni engagement, marketing, and community engagement for the College.
As a fundraising professional with more than 10 years of experience WagnerSchultz most recently worked with the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, most recently as the Manager of Donor Networks. In this role, she developed the donor engagement initiatives Retire United, IT United, Project LEAD, and was responsible for leading a team who raised more than $36M in revenue annually.
Prior to joining United Way in 2011, she served as the Executive Director for the Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce in Twentynine Palms, CA.
Jessica has a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University and a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Theology from Rockhurst University.
Michelle Beaudin is a citizen of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lac Superior Chippewa (LCO) and is a
member of LCO’s Tribal Governing Board. A mother of three children, Beaudin worked for LCO for 41
years, primarily in the areas of finance and healthcare. Her extensive experience earned her a role as the
Tribal Governing Board’s Secretary/Treasurer during the first two years of her first term.
Beaudin also serves on the Waadookodaading Ojibwe Immersion School Board (Chairperson), Big Fish Golf Corporation Board of Directors(Sec/Treas.), the Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women State Task Force, Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, Great Lakes Area Tribal Health Board, and the first-ever United States Secretary of the Interior Tribal Advisory Committee. Beaudin’s life-long commitment to serving her people and community and providing the support they need, and has truly been fulfilling.
Luke began is career in healthcare as a pharmacist before moving into administrative roles serving the Hayward medical community over the past several years and has worked on improving local access to care within the region.
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, WI, 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.
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.
Mike joined the Board in September, 2018. He is a part of the team at Shell Lake State Bank bringing many years experience as a commercial lender and in management of financial institutions. Mike also has many years of experience in retail management. Past and current experience with Rotary, Junior Achievement, Kiwanis and Church Boards.
Stacey has lived in Hayward since 1973. Her greatest accomplishment is being a mother of three wonderful adults and a grandmother to twins.
Her career has focused on customer relations and public service. Stacey strives to make a positive impact on the community.
Rob brings his financial expertise and dedication to community service to our organization. Rob is well-known locally for his volunteer contributions including with the Boy Scouts of America.
Meet our Staff
Our small staff of the Sawyer County / Lac Courte Oreilles Economic Development Corporation is composed contract employees who dedicate time and energy to our community, making our organization more effective.
Kate Barido – Executive Director
Kate moved back home to Sawyer County in 2021 after living out of the state for several years. She 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.
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Dalton Hessel – Marketing/Communications Contractor
Dalton is a graduate of University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a degree in Elementary Education and Teaching. Dalton 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.
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