Board of Directors

The fourteen member Board of Directors oversees the operations and goals of the AADC.  Board members represent multiple business sectors of the community: Financial, Utilities, Medical, Accounting, Legal, Retail, Education, Forestry, Manufacturing, Community, Natural Resources, Business, Non-profit Support/Developmental, Engineering and Telecommunications. The Ad Hoc members represent the City of Ashland, Ashland County, the City of Mellen, and the Ashland Chamber of Commerce. The Directors of the Corporation seek to maintain diversity, therefore the seats on the Board are broadly and generally representative of the principal professions or business sectors within our region.

Board Officers

Jason Douglas, President - President and CEO, Memorial Medical Center 

Steve Bitzer, Vice President - Campus Administrator, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College 

Mike BeBeau, Secretary - Community Relations Manager,  XCEL ENERGY

Tony Singler, Treasurer - CPA, Maitland, Singler & Van Vlack


Board Members

Stephanie Cech, Vice President Commercial Loans, Northern State Bank

Matt Crowell, Vice President, Chippewa Valley Bank 

Randy Knapp, Energy Operations Manager, Midland Services

Mari Kay-Nabozny, CEO, Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board, Inc. 

Terry Peters, Owner, Terry Peters Logging & Terry Peters Trucking 

Mark Scribner, Area Supervisor, CenturyLink

Dwayne Watson, Plant Manager, Columbia Forest Products

Tyler Wickman, Attorney,  Dallenbach, Anich & Wickman SC 

Tom Wojciechowski, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, UW-Extension Ashland County Office 

Wendy Young, Account Executive, Heartland Communications Group LLC


Ad Hoc Members

Mary McPhetridge, Executive Director, Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce 

Jeff Beirl, County Administrator, Ashland County 

Pete Russo, Chair, Ashland County 

Debra Lewis, Mayor, City of Ashland

Joe Barabee, Mayor, City of Mellen