Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce Mission Statement

The mission of the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce is to be the principal representative of area business to ensure a favorable business climate and to promote economic development, a unified voice and a visible presence for all businesses.

2020 Officers

1-Year Term

Board of Directors

2-Year Term

Nichole Smith

Culver’s of Winnebago

Nichole got involved with the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce after graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2009 when she and her husband, Jimmy, became co-owners of the Culver’s in Winnebago. Her parents opened the Culver’s in Winnebago on February 8, 1999, and she has been involved with the restaurant ever since. “As a family restaurant, we strive to ensure our guests receive great service and great food while also serving our community in various ways. Culver’s has been involved with so many different organizations and causes over the years, we love seeing the community come together and we are thankful we have been able to be a part of it.“ says Nichole.

While originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Nichole grew up and went to school in Winnebago. She attended the Winnebago School District where she is now serving her second 4-year term on the School Board.

Jimmy and Nichole currently have four children, Tyler (7), Madison (5), Micah (4), Luke (1), and are expecting their fifth in February 2020!

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Beth Clift

Angel Treasures II

Beth currently is Vice President of the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce; she is a principal representative of area businesses to ensure a favorable business climate and to promote economic development, a unified voice and a visible presence for all businesses. With this experience Beth has a strong understanding of working in a community to help the businesses grow, as well as maintaining a strong working relationship with the Village giving the residents of Winnebago a community to be proud to be a part of.

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Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett

Winnebago School District #323

Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett represents the Winnebago School District #323. She is currently serving her elected 4th term as a Winnebago School Board Member. Elizabeth is currently the Secretary of the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce. She has been a Board Member of the Winnebago Area Chamber for over 10 years. Elizabeth is Past President of the Winnebago Area Chamber and has also served as the Vice President.

Elizabeth is the co-owner of Party Decorators Plus. Party Decorators Plus will plan and decorate for birthdays, baby – bridal showers, wedding receptions, retirement parties, and special events. They also offer Murder Mysteries to facilitate in people homes, as a family/friends get together or as a fundraising event!

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Jill Gettle

First National Bank & Trust Company

Jill is a Winnebago native and joined First National Bank & Trust in February 2017. Jill brings more than 13 years of banking experience to FNB and currently serves as a Universal Banker at the Winnebago branch. Jill is responsible for the day to day teller transactions, the opening of accounts and consumer lending while developing relationships and providing excellent customer service. Jill is currently enrolled in FNBT’s Leadership Development program to further develop and enhance her banking skills. Jill’s expertise and knowledge allow her to provide sound advice to customers and businesses to help them become financially successful. Jill currently resides in Winnebago. She joined the Chamber in 2018 wanting to be an active member of the community that she serves.

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Julie Gasior

Winnebago High School

Hi, my name is Julie Gasior. I am a proud member of the Winnebago Community. I was born and raised in the Seward/Winnebago area. I spent my childhood growing up on my family dairy farm. At an early age, I learned what hard work was, but then again I didn’t know it was hard! As I “grew up” I was grateful for the winters bedding down the barn, summers bailing hay and every day in between! My farming days taught me so many life lessons. One is that family and friends are what make up a great community!

That is why I work in this community as a STEP Coordinator/Job Coach for the students at Winnebago High School. I help students set goals and achieve them. My goal is to help my students get the experience they need to be successful once they leave WHS. I consider myself lucky to be a part of The CREW, STEP, and RAISE programs that WHS offers. If you want to know more about these amazing programs, just ask! I would love to tell you more.

I’m married to Tony Gasior. I am so grateful that he was willing to live in this community with me. If you think that you have heard his name before you might have! Tony has been a part of the banking community since 2014. You will currently find Tony at the German American State Bank in the Pecatonica Branch. Stop by sometime and say hi to him! You can say his wife sent you!

Together Tony and I have a beautiful, brown curly hair, blue-eyed two almost-three-year-old, Rosemary Alma Gasior aka Rosie, our amazing little girl. She is always up to something. I’m truly loving this age because she is always showing me all the new things that she is learning! I look forward to being able to raise our daughter in the same great community that has given me so much and I am thankful to be able to give a little back to make this a truly special place to live.

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