Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit organization.  For the Portage County Business Council (PCBC), the most active and enthusiastic volunteers are the Ambassadors Club, which currently consists of 25 individuals from around our community.  Last year alone, the entire Club gave back over 1,600 hours of volunteer time just for the PCBC and its members!

Members of the Ambassadors Club show their support by attending business events such as ribbon cuttings, grand openings, ground breaking ceremonies, and Business After Hours, tours with new and existing businesses, monthly strategy meetings, and various other volunteer activities.  Chances are if you are engaged in the business community, you have seen them.

To learn more about joining the Ambassadors Club of the PCBC or bringing them to your business for a function, please contact Karen Myers, Director of Programs & Events at 715-344-1940 or KarenM@portagecountybiz.com.  Your PCBC membership must be in good standing with the Portage County Business Council to be eligible.

Apply to become a Portage County Business Council Ambassador!
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Meet our Ambassadors

Sherri Galle-teske
Executive Director
Humane Society of Portage County

How long have you been an Ambassador?
Since August, 2020.

What do you enjoy about being an Ambassador?
The atmosphere of local business involvement and knowing we are playing an important role at the Business Council. Being brand new to a community can be hard enough; but owning a business can be even tougher. We enjoy meeting new people and take pride in welcoming businesses to Portage County. Getting to know us really helps a business owner develop new relationships in the community and make valuable connections. The Ambassador group is one of those “connections”. And besides—it’s great fun!

What is your most memorable moment from a ribbon cutting or PCBC Event?
I don’t have just one—I have several! Every business we visit is a magic moment. It’s the look on the business owner’s face. It’s a look of pride and ownership. Each business we visit is truly unique to our area and there is always a “story” of how the business started. It’s interesting to hear of the hard work, planning, stress and tears that go into owning a business—and how it all develops into something special. I am very proud to be in a community where local business still thrives.

What is one interesting fact about you that most people don’t know?
I enjoy fishing. Yep—old jeans, plaid shirt, and old shoes. Put me in a boat with a fishing pole in my hands and I’m happy. And I’m STILL happy after 8 hours with no fish in the box. I really love the open-air breezes, rippling water, birds in the sky and turtles on the logs.

What is your favorite activity to do in Portage County?
There are so many! I enjoy being around the people -of all ages- in the community. Great local events are offered, and the business climate rocks. There are a lot of things to do here to satisfy one’s curiosity; parks, golf, niche businesses, a wonderful University; restaurants, and I could go on and on –but they didn’t give me enough room on this article! In the time I have spent living and working in Portage County the one activity I have never experienced is boredom.

Sarah Agena

District 1 Brewing Company

Ambassador Since 2010





Melissa Blenker

Community Insurance & Associates

Ambassador Since 2017





Dan Blumenstein

Rack Industrial, LLC

Ambassador Since 2014





Dawn Brandt

KPR Brokers

Ambassador Since 2019





Holly Carter

NextHome Priority

Ambassador Since 2011





Mel Ellingson

Blenker Companies, Inc

Ambassador Since 2021





Korbi Feltz

Paper City Savings

Ambassador Since 2018





Alane Flora

St. Croix Hospice

Ambassador Since 2021






Sherri Galle-Teske – 2021 Ambassador of the 1st & 2nd Quarters

Humane Society of Portage County

Ambassador Since 2020





Lauren Gilchrist


Ambassador Since 2017





Patty Hollis

Secure Heritage Insurance Agency

Ambassador Since 2016





Jeff Kleman

Unitel Inc – Central Wisconsin

Ambassador Since 2018





Karli Klismith

KerberRose Certified Public Accountants

Ambassador Since 2021







Megan Kuckkahn – Chairperson

Point Title LLC

Ambassador Since 2016





Mary Lane

First Weber, Inc.

Ambassador Since 2014





Kelly Lang

Dimensions Living Stevens Point

Ambassador Since 2021





Nyra Lind

ABR Employment Services

Ambassador Since 2002





Ben Nusz

Mid-State Technical College

Ambassador Since 2021





Karen Olson

TRICOR Insurance

Ambassador Since 2019





Kathy Ostrowski

Team Schierl Companies

Ambassador Since 1998





Tina Palmgren

Exceling Your Business, LLC

Ambassador Since 2018





Dorothy Pientka

Pientka Auction Service

Ambassador Since 1992





JoAnn Rutta

Investors Community Bank

Ambassador Since 2016







Anastasia Sosnovske

Star Business Machines Inc

Ambassador Since 2017





Pete Theisen – 2017 Ambassador of the Year

The Portage County Bank 

Ambassador Since 2016




Vicki Yenter

Community First Bank

Ambassador Since 2016





Bryce Ziemer

Edward Jones

Ambassador Since 2020