“Helping to build a stronger community by promoting local businesses & area opportunities for growth.”
President: Jim Smith was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana and graduated from Warsaw High School in 2000. He enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, and served 12 years including 9 months in Kuwait/Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He currently works for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, and January, 2018 will mark 8 years with KCSD. Jim has just under 12 years of total law enforcement experience, including 1 ½ year of reserve time and 3 ½ years of full time duty with the Syracuse Police Department.
He enjoys volunteering for many service organizations such as Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club, where he serves on the board of Directors, Leesburg Lions Club, and the North Webster-Tippecanoe Township Chambers of Commerce. Jim enjoys working with the public, and meeting new people, which being involved in these organizations, affords him these opportunities.
Jim has been married to his wife Trish for 9 ½ years, and they have two children, Zachary (14) and Isabelle (12) who both are in the Wawasee schools.
Dixie Sternwheeler Inc.
Vice President: Karilyn Metcalf has served on the Chamber Board for 2 years. In 2006 she was Chairperson for the “Save the Dixie” Committee to raise funds needed to restore the historic icon on Webster Lake. In 2008 Karilyn became the President of the Dixie Boat which is now a non-profit organization (DSI). The Dixie has since been named a national historic
landmark. In 2009 Karilyn retired after 38 years as the music teacher for North Webster School. For over 40 years she has played an active role in the Mermaid Festival and many other community events. She feels fortunate that now she is able to dedicate more time to helping North Webster become a place where people make friends and fond memories.
Treasurer: Brenda Peterson has lived all her life in the North Webster, Syracuse and Milford area. She is VP/Office Manager at Lake City Bank in North Webster. She has been with Lake City Bank for 14 years now. She also serves on the Junior Achievement board as treasurer and the Leisure Living boards.
Secretary: Susan Stump has worked for The Papers, Inc. as an advertising representative for 20 years. She is originally from Michigan. Susan is married and has 2 daughters, one step daughter and 3 grandchildren.
She has been on the North Webster Chamber Board since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys boating with her husband, hiking, golfing and spending time with family and friends. She is also an active member of the Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, and am currently the Past President of the club.
Phone : (574) 834-3414
Stacey Cox, an insurance agent at Pletcher Insurance in North Webster, has been involved with the Chamber for several years. She hails from Warsaw, but has become enamored with North Webster’s charm and warm community feeling. As a result of this affection, she likes to think of North Webster as her second home. She has been an insurance agent with Pletcher Insurance for over 10 years, and looks forward to serving the people of North Webster for many more.
Jen Ducey moved to North Webster in the fall of 1988. She was a stay-at-home mom for 14 years during which she
Terry Frederick and his wife have lived on Webster Lake for 17 years. They have three children and five grandchildren. The whole family loves the lake and all it has to offer along with the wonderful town of North Webster. Terry is the President of The Watershed Foundation, Vice President of the North Webster Library board, past President of the Webster Lake Association and on the Board of The Chamber.
Paula Miller representing Paula Miller Farm. Paula has been involved with farming most of her life. She grew up on her parents dairy farm in Leesburg. Paula also has an associates degree from IPFW in accounting. She not only has worked for farm animal vets for nine years but she also owns farm ground where corn and soy beans are raised. She may not physically work in the fields anymore but she definitely keeps busy. Paula continues to drive school bus for North Webster as she has for the last 25 years. In addition, she attends and serves at the North Webster Church of God, is a member of Indiana Farm Bureau, Inc and the North Webster friends of the library. Paula has one daughter which is employed as a dental hygienst.
Amanda Meerzo is co-owner of Mohawk Pier and Lift with her husband Jamel. She is a graduate of Grace College earning her Masters in Non Profit Management as well as earning her Bachelors in Business Management. She is excited to share her knowledge and serve her first term on the board.
Sue Ward, co-owner of Sue’s Creations, and has been a member of the Chamber for over 20 years. Sue started her business in 1982 with her husband Steve. Over the years she has been involved with the Lady Lions, participated in the original sidewalk days and has given over 5000 roses away in the community through the FTD Good Neighbor Day. Sue sat on the board to help support retail and community growth here in our township.
She was the chamber coordinator for the WNIT-PBS show “Our Town: North Webster” and is in charge of advertising for the Dixie Day Festival and Arts & Crafts Fair for the chamber.
She noted, “I am proud to serve the North Webster community. North Webster has a well deserved reputation of support and cooperation to better the area, its people, businesses and organizations.”
She is the former president of the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce and involved in community activities in North Webster, Syracuse and Kosciusko County.
She and her husband Paul, a local attorney, have three adult children and a son-in-law.