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President of the Chamber and Convention Bureau since September 2021

Focuses on: Working with the Board of Directors to achieve the overall goals of our Chamber; managing the government affairs program; leading and managing the our staff.

In my free time I enjoy: cooking – it’s hard to get me out of the kitchen.

Fun Fact: I have a recreational pilot’s license..

What the staff says:

 "Julie has a great perspective to offer based on her genuine personality and years of experience in the business.”

“Julie is loyal, fair, super fun, extremely nice, does not control you and always recognizes your efforts."


   Everyday day is different, rewarding ... and fun! We meet wonderful people and provide them with the resources to make memories that we hope will last a lifetime."



Vice President

Vice President of the Chamber since 1988

Focuses on: Membership programs; the Waite Park and Sauk Rapids Chambers; editing Business Central magazine.

In my free time I enjoy: gardening, both flowers and vegetables, but mostly flowers; reading; travel; and embroidery. Did I mention gardening?

Fun Fact: I have been trying to attract Purple Martins to my yard for 18 years. In the spring of 2015 they finally accepted my invitation and we fledged nine out of nine babies!

What the staff says: "Gail takes the best vacations to the best places. I admire her adventurous side."

"Gail always helps me and centers me when I get crazy ideas or am unsure about what to do. I know I can always count on her."


   I like trying new ideas. Most of them flop, but every once in awhile we hit one out of the park. I am always grateful for the generosity of our members who give me the privilege of sharing their business stories with our community."



Administrative Ass't/Network Administrator

Administrative Assistant/Network Administrator for the Chamber since 2002

Focuses on: Website maintenance, special event registration, and program support.

In my free time I enjoy: I enjoy reading, counted cross stitch, baking, writing poetry, playing games with my kids, playing cards.

Fun Fact: When I was about 19 I entered a poetry contest in Reader’s Digest and won 2nd place.

What the staff says: "Vicki has a wealth of knowledge and helps me understand my job better."

"I appreciate Vicki’s knowledge and helpfulness when I have website and computer questions."


   I enjoy working on the website, learning new things, and I love when I can come up with a way to make a job or function work better so I can work smarter and more efficiently, not harder."



Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant since 2015

Focuses on: Customer and information services.

In my free time I enjoy: going for walks, crafts, volunteering, and any activities surrounding my four boys.

Fun Fact: My official name is Michelle. I have gone by the name Shelly since kindergarten when my teacher asked my parents if it was okay because there were three Michelles in my class.

What the staff says: "Shelly loves helping people and the joy it brings her seems to come out of her pores!"

"Shelly is personable, friendly and helpful to visitors and staff and a wonderful asset to the Chamber."


   It is a privilege to work for an organization that works hard to support businesses and their employees."


Laura Wagner

Special Events Coordinator

Special Events Coordinator for the Chamber since August 2019

Focuses on: Creating and coordinating special events to meet the growing personal and professional needs of the companies and organizations in Central Minnesota.

In my free time I enjoy reading, board games, going to concerts, traveling, singing in community choir, spending time with friends and family

Fun Fact: I like crafts and make many things myself.

What the staff says: "Laura cracks me up with regular references to The Office. She has so many silly phrases that make me laugh."
"Laura cares deeply about providing every member with the best possible experience we can provide. She has a gift for connecting with people."



   It’s exciting to collaborate with local business professionals to accomplish a goal/event. The community atmosphere and welcoming environment at the Chamber is incredible!"


Laura Wagner


Membership Specialist

Membership Specialist since 2018

Focuses on: Working with businesses in the community to better understand the value of our chamber and increase our membership base along side providing information and support to our existing membership base.

In my free time I enjoy: Spending time with family and friends, playing golf, watching football and watching my youngest play basketball.

Fun Fact:  I snowboard.

What the staff says:  "Antoinette's happy disposition is contagious. She is always smiling and makes you smile with her.
"Antoinette is passionate about helping others.
"Antoinette’s experience as a member of a chamber in Arizona gives her a unique perspective as she talks with new and prospective Chamber members."
"Antoinette, like all great salespeople, always has a smile, even when I know she isn’t getting any hits."


   I really like getting to meet with business owners and explain how joining the Chamber will enhance their businesses."