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About Grow Ellsworth County

Stacie Schmidt
Executive Director

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 Skurkis
Assistant Director

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."

Our Board

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

Meeting Reports

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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.

Additional information discussed at board meetings including the Executive Director report and dashboards shall be provided upon written request in compliance with the Kansas Open Records Act.  Please send any requests to

Our Policies

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