About Grow Ellsworth County
Stacie Schmidt is the Executive Director of Ellsworth County Economic Development dba Grow Ellsworth County.
Stacie has a love for living rural, and a passion for promoting community and leadership development. Stacie has a background in hospitality, and has found her footing as the ECED director in access to capital, grant writing, networking, marketing, and matching people with opportunity. Stacie is a single mom of two, Britain, 19, and Brooklyn, 13, and loves supporting them in their extracurricular activities.
Michelle is the Assistant Director for Grow Ellsworth County. Michelle is originally from Wichita, but has been living in Illinois for the past 13 years. Michelle and her husband recently purchased the school building in Lorraine and plan on living there and running their small businesses from there. Michelle and her husband Chad have 3 children and 2 dogs. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, learning more about the area, and love watching the storms roll through. "I’m excited to meet new people and work with Grow Ellsworth County to build a strong community that everyone is proud of."
Justin Lindsley, President
Jon Halbgewachs, Vice-President
Curt Glaser, Treasurer
Debbie Kootz, Secretary
Peter Solie, Member Representing Lorraine
Sarah Freeman, Member Representing Kanopolis
Aubrey Ptacek, Member Representing Wilson
Sara Oberle, Member Representing Holyrood
Rachael Barta, Member Representing Com. Bender
Jessica Homolka, Member Representing Com. Rolfs
Craig Freeman, Member Representing Com. Thomas
Colby Richard, Membership Representative
Jim Kirkbride, Membership Representative
Kregg Clarke, Membership Representative
Karen Bonar, Membership Representative
Isabelle Lindsley, Student Honorary Board Member
Layton Leiker, Student Honorary Board Member
2023 Documents are Archived and Available by Written Request
In a motion made at the March 2022 Board of Directors meeting, all agendas for the upcoming meeting will be posted here no later than 48 hours in advance of the meeting. All minutes and financials shall be posted following approval of said documents.
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