The Winn-Worth Betco (Winnebago-Worth Counties Betterment Council) executive board, comprised of Winnebago and Worth County Supervisors, has hired Melissa Michaelis as its executive director.

Michaelis, a Lake Mills graduate, has been with the organization since January 2014, handling all aspects of marketing as well as serving as the assistant to previous executive directors.

The executive director position had been vacant since Teresa Nicholson left after 17 years in June 2018. With the exception of a short period in which Warren Wortham, who filled the position after the executive board sought to hire a consulting firm, resigned mid-January after nine weeks.

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Michaelis said her top priority was to familiarize herself with her new duties, as well as maintain and create new relationships with economic development organizations. She will continue attendance at various board meetings, making it a priority to attend each of the 14 community city council meetings before the end of the year.

Michaelis announced her replacement, Alexus Bodzioch, as marketing director. Bodzioch will begin her position on May 7. Bodzioch, originally from Chicago, is a public relations major at Wartburg College. She was the intern with Jill Kramer, of Hancock County Economic Development Corporation in Garner.

An open house is being planned for the end of May. For more information, contact Melissa Michaelis at director@winn-worthbetco.com.

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