Peter Wills

Executive Director

Peter is a graduate of University of Wisconsin–Green Bay with Bachelor degrees in both Business Administration and Political Science.  He has over 20 years of experience including banking and management roles. Peter is President and board member of Northeast Wisconsin Regional Economic Partnership (NEWREP), a board member of The Chamber of Manitowoc County, and participates in many other local organizations. He lives in Wrightstown with his wife and their two daughters.

Ann Flad-Jesion

Operations Manager

Ann has a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Human Development/Community & Economic Development focus. She spent 10 years working in economic development for small communities in southeastern Minnesota, for a suburb of Minneapolis, and in urban Milwaukee before starting a family and staying home with her children. She re-entered the workforce and worked at Lakeland University in the president’s office and as the Human Resource Manager before transitioning back to economic development at Progress Lakeshore. She lives in Kohler with her husband, two teenagers, and their pets. In her free time, she volunteers with Special Olympics of Ozaukee County, co-chairs the Free Thanksgiving Dinner in Sheboygan that provides 1,000 free holiday meals, and serves on her church’s pastoral council.

Nicole Schaus

Accounting & Administrative Assistant

Nicole has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior from Silver Lake College (now, Holy Family College). She has been in the accounting field since 2011 and started at Progress Lakeshore in December 2018. Nicole was born and raised in Manitowoc County, and currently lives in Two Rivers with her husband and their little girl. She loves to fish on Lake Michigan & go for walks through Point Beach.

Holly Van Akkeren

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Holly has a bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications from the Savannah College of Art & Design. She has worked in the advertising and marketing field since 2016. Holly works part-time with Progress Lakeshore and dedicates the rest of her time to running her own social media management business. She lives in Sheboygan with her husband, their daughter, and their pets. In her spare time, Holly enjoys frequenting coffee shops, binge-watching Netflix, and enjoying life on the lakeshore!