President and Board Member
Blagica Bottigliero grew up in metro Detroit and was raised in a family of small business owners. Today, she runs Zlato, a boutique digital marketing and social media consultancy. She’s spent over two decades in various digital roles and received an Emmy for her work in new media. Civic involvement has been a pillar of Blagica’s work. She served as Co-Chair of the Cook County New Media Council and as a Commissioner for the Oak Park Civic Informations Systems Commission. Blagica made the full-time move back to her home state in 2018. She lives in New Buffalo with her sommelier husband and two hilarious kids.
Vice-President and Board Member
Abby is the co-owner & operator of The False Front in New Buffalo. Her side hustles include: teaching Indoor Cycling at Equilibrium Fitness, Perennial Gardening & Event Organization. Although she hails from Southern Illinois, she has chosen to call Harbor Country home for almost a decade.
Secretary and Board Member
Audrey Tuszynski is a native of New Buffalo. She started Gold Coast Yacht Management in 2015 after her first cross-country in water boat delivery. Of all the marina towns she’s been to, nothing compares New Buffalo!
Treasurer and Board Member
Dawn, along with her husband, Glenn, own Pristine Pool & Spa since 2010. They’ve lived in New Buffalo for 21 years after relocating from Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Living in New Buffalo and near Lake Michigan is like having their own little slice of paradise.
Traci is the Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Harbor Country @ New Buffalo. She has enjoyed living in Harbor Country for 25+ years and offers 15+ years of real estate expertise. As a local business owner, Traci believes there is need for community involvement – both in service and giving back. She is committed to making New Buffalo and the surrounding areas an attractive place for new businesses, as well as supporting the continued success of existing businesses. That commitment has led to holding positions such as sitting on the NBAS School Board for 5+ years, NB Township Planning Commission, NB Township Zoning Board of Appeals and the NBBA.
Jason Milovich, owner of Bluefish Vacation Rentals has been an NBBA member, resident, and business owner of Harbor Country over 20 years. He currently resides in Three Oaks with his wife Erika and children Stella and Vincent.
Lisa Werner is the co-owner of New Buffalo Inn & Spa for 25 years. She is also a member of the Board of Education for 16 years. Lisa has two adult children that were raised in New Buffalo. In addition to co-owning the New Buffalo Inn & Spa, Lisa is a Registered Nurse, Massage Therapist and Esthetician. Lisa previously served on the New Buffalo Business Association board 20 years ago.
Katie is originally from New Buffalo, Michigan. Katie grew up playing many sports, and played Division I ice hockey for Ohio State University. Katie earned her Masters in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania in 2010, and is a Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Spin Instructor, and Precision Nutrition Coach. Katie opened up Equilibrium Fitness in New Buffalo in December 2013, and has since expanded with a second location in Three Oaks in August of 2018. Katie served as the Treasurer of the Friends of Harbor Country Trails from 2018-2020, and has served on the NBBA Board since 2015.
Lisa owns The Hidden Gem and Twisted Frozen Yogurt. She was born and raised in Oak Lawn, IL, and has been coming to New Buffalo with her family for over 30 years. She made the permanent move in 2014 to open her businesses. In her free time, Lisa lovse reading, boating and spending time with her loved ones.
Judy is married with 2 daughters. She also retired from the Michigan State Police. Judy’s previous community roles include being a member of the New Buffalo Area School Board of Education. Judy is currently the Secretary of The Pokagon Fund Board of Directors. And the the New Buffalo Township Clerk.
Emma and her husband, Joe, own David’s Delicatessen & Coffee and The False Front. She served on a Harbor Country Chamber event committee for three years before joining the NBBA board of directors in 2015. Emma served as secretary during her four years on the board. Currently she sits on the board as an ex-officio member representing New Buffalo Explored.