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

Nyra Lind
Senior Recruiter
ABR Employment Services

How long have you been an Ambassador?
19 years!

What do you enjoy about being an Ambassador?
When I first applied to be an Ambassador, I just started my new job at ABR and relocated back to my hometown of Stevens Point. I thought being an Ambassador would help me get re-acquainted with my community, open up networking possibilities and meet new friends. The Ambassador Club has done that for me and so much more!

What is your most memorable moment from a ribbon cutting or PCBC Event?
Hmmm… this is a hard question to think of one memorable moment in 19 years. I had so much fun the night I showcased the diamond necklace designed by Thomas Dailing and donated by Lee Ayers Jewelers at the Wines of the World event and brought my little brother as my date. Of course there are MANY crazy, fun stories from being the Runner on the golf course for all the Business On the Green events. Sand angels anyone?

What is one interesting fact about you that most people do not know?
I backpacked around Europe after college. I was able to visit my grandmother’s home in Germany after it was re-built from the bombs of WWII. She had not been back since. We always enjoyed speaking in German to each other and she always helped make my college German papers look A+.

What is your favorite activity to do in Portage County?
I live near the Schmeeckle Reserve and love taking long walks through the park. It is such a hidden gem to Stevens Point. However, be careful not to step on any snakes in the sunny spots on the trail. EEK!

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





Laura Gehrman Rottier

UW-Stevens Point 

Ambassador Since 2021





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





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