Contact the LSCP

Address: 101 W. Washington St, Suite 10, Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: (906) 226-6591



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Christopher Germain
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Christopher brings nearly 15 years of professional experience in Michigan and Ohio spanning community and economic development, legislative affairs, politics, and regulatory experience to the LSCP. A born and raised Michigander, Christopher got his first taste of UP life as a student at Northern Michigan University and has advocated on behalf of the region ever since. He has a bachelors in Public Administration (NMU) and a master’s in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.  He also holds accreditations in the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and from the National Development Council as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and is active with professional organizations including the Michigan Planning Association and the Michigan Economic Developers Association.

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Ashley Szczepanski
Director of Marketing
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Ashley has 12 years of experience in marketing, event planning, and creative design. She is a graduate from Central Michigan University with a degree in Commercial Recreation and Facility Management. She is a member of Connect Marquette.


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Mary Myers
Director of Business Development
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Mary has five years of experience in economic development and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Economic Developer. She also has experience in project management, customer service and real estate (short sales and foreclosures), is a Certified Business Service Professional, certified in Economic Modeling Specialists and a notary public. She serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), serves on the the board of directors for the Marquette Breakfast Rotary, is a member of Connect Marquette, and the Accelerate U.P. resource team. Mary is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in Business Management.


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Lois Ellis
Executive Director Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance
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Lois is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP).  She has been the Executive Director for the Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance since 2017 her economic development background began in 2002 when she was hired at the LSCP where she worked for 11 years. She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.


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Brooke Quinn
Business Development Representative
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Brooke has experience in customer service, consulting and team management. She is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a degree in Entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Accelerate U.P. resource team, CTE Committee and the Alumni Advisor for NMU TEAM Business.


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Megan O’Connor
Outreach and Development Specialist
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Megan received her degree in Communication Studies from Northern Michigan University. She loves volunteering with the Marquette County Veterans Alliance, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Connect Marquette, and events around the County of Marquette.

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Elle Jansen
Economic & Community Development Specialist
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Elle Jansen is the Community and Economic Development Specialist at the Lake Superior Community Partnership. Prior to joining the LSCP, she completed a fifteen-month placement as the CEDAM Community Development Fellow for the City of St. Ignace, MI. She is passionate about working with others to establish strong towns, community vibrancy, and pride in where you live.

Jansen earned a bachelor’s degree from Albion College in 2019 with a major in urban planning and public policy. Elle is a volunteer board member of the Lake Superior Watershed Conservancy.

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Sue Heliste
Finance Manager
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Sue is the Controller at the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) where she has worked since 2003. She is a Northern Michigan University graduate with a degree in Accounting.

Regional Team

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Chris Bosio
International Trade Development Manager Michigan Economic Development Corporation
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Vicki Schwab
Business Development Manager Michigan Economic Development Corporation
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Donna LaCourt
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
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Vincent Bevins
Michigan Department of Transportation
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Jennifer Tucker
MEDC Community Assistance Team


Here at the LSCP we think it is important to provide students with hands on experience that will help them find jobs when they graduate. To apply as an intern with the LSCP, contact

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Ashley Larson
Marketing Intern

Ashley is a student at Northern Michigan University and the Marketing Intern for LSCP. She is studying Marketing and Spanish and plans to graduate in May 2023. After graduation, she plans to continue her education at Northern and earn an MBA with a concentration in Data Analytics.

She has experience in insurance, social media management, and graphic design from a previous internship. At LSCP, Ashley focuses her efforts on assisting with social media and communications.