Jamie Zastrow

Executive Director

Jamie is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She has 30 years of managerial experience in various sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, downtown revitalization, and non-profit organizations. In addition to her duties here at Progress Lakeshore, Jamie also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a member of the Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Advisory Committee, and more! Jamie and her husband Gordy live in Manitowoc and are recent empty nesters with four children and five grandchildren.

Ann Flad-Jesion

Director of Entrepreneurship & Business Development

Meet Ann, the driving force behind entrepreneurship and business development at Progress Lakeshore. Holding a master’s degree in human development/community development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Ann brings a wealth of experience in fostering small town development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Ann is committed to assisting any entrepreneur who seeks our support in navigating the complex process of launching or expanding their business. Her dedication stems from the belief that by guiding individuals to pursue their dreams, she contributes not only to individual success but also to the overall strength of a community.

Away from her entrepreneurial endeavors, Ann calls Kohler home, where she resides with her husband, two children, and a lively assortment of pets. In her free time she enjoys indoor cycling, hiking and assisting with Ozaukee Special Olympics.

Please reach out to Ann for guidance in navigating your next steps, finding valuable resources, and accessing programs that support entrepreneurship.

Nicole Schaus

Operations Manager

Nicole is the dedicated Operations Manager at Progress Lakeshore, bringing with her a robust educational background and an unwavering passion for fostering growth in her community. As an accomplished alumna of Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, she earned both her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and her Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior.

Originating from rural Mishicot and now residing in Two Rivers with her husband and two daughters, her dedication to forging a more vibrant future for Manitowoc County resonates deeply, showcasing her profound connection to the community she proudly calls home.

In her free time, you will find Nicole enjoying her favorite outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, and visiting Star Lake, WI. However, what she truly treasures most is spending quality time with her daughters, creating cherished memories together.

Feel free to reach out to Nicole for any data requests, site selection inquiries or to arrange an appointment related to investment and sponsorship opportunities.

Emma Huehns

 Marketing and Communications Specialist 

Meet Emma, our Marketing and Communications Specialist at Progress Lakeshore. She holds an associate degree in Marketing and Social Media Management from Moraine Park Technical College and kickstarted her career in marketing as an intern for the Fond Du Lac Area Women’s Fund.

In her free time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, and spending quality time with her friends and family.

Emma believes supporting small businesses and engaging with the community are crucial components for creating a dynamic and flourishing city. She admires the diverse range of businesses and activities that are available in the Manitowoc area, which reflects the County’s vibrancy and liveliness.

Please reach out to Emma if you have questions about Progress Lakeshore events, newsletter or social media submissions, entrepreneur success stories, or any other marketing-related inquiries. 

For any inquiries or questions please email info@progresslakeshore.org.