The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) is pleased to announce that four new officers have been approved by the board of directors to lead the Foundation for one year effective March 15, 2016. Sue Fitzpatrick of Ossineke is the new President; Lora E. Greene of Alpena is the new Vice President; Christine Baumgardner of Lincoln is the new Secretary, and Timothy Kuehnlein is the new Treasurer. Tom Sobeck of Rogers City is the out-going president and will continue on the Executive Committee as Past President.
“We are delighted to have excellent regional representation from northeast Michigan communities on our board as a whole, as well as serving on our Executive Committee,” said Barbara Frantz, CFNEM Executive Director. “Each of the new officers has several years of experience serving on the Community Foundation Board in addition to being very engaged in their respective communities and the region as a whole.
New Board of Trustees President Sue Fitzpatrick is true champion for northeast Michigan and an exceptional leader. She serves as President of the Board for Art in the Loft-Gallery 109, the Board of Trustees for the Alpena Community College Foundation and the WISE Investment Club. She is Treasurer for the Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) and for Trinity Episcopal Church. Fitzpatrick served on the board for the Friends Together Cancer Support Organization for 16 years and still volunteers for the organization.
She and her husband own WMCR Corporation, which owns and operates a number of KFC and Taco Bell restaurants in Michigan, Wisconsin and Indiana. In 2009, the couple was honored as the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Citizens of the Year. Fitzpatrick also was recognized as the 2013 Zonta Club Woman of Year.
“I am fortunate to be serving on the board of the Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan which is truly "the foundation of our community,” said Fitzpatrick.
“I find it inspiring to see money donated by so many of our generous citizens go to work to support such a diverse array of non-profit organizations and causes in our area, and to provide so many needed scholarships for area students. I am grateful to be a participant and promoter of ‘For good, For ever, For everyone.’ As an officer, I hope to do my best to help guide CFNEM in the right direction to do more good,” Fitzpatrick concluded.
Newly elected Vice President, Lora Greene, has a law degree from Wayne State University and owns an Alpena-based practice, GPS Law. Greene has practiced law in the Alpena area for 25 years. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and finance from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Alpena and has served on the boards for First Federal of Northern Michigan Community Foundation, Besser Museum, Thunder Bay Theatre and the Alpena Senior Citizens Center.
Christine Baumgardner, the Community Foundation’s new Board Secretary, also is the Chief Executive Officer of Alcona Health Center. Serving in that position since 1985, Baumgardner directed expansion from one clinic site with two providers to 10 sites in four counties and 48 providers of medical, dental, pharmacy and behavioral health care. She is a founding board member of the National Rural Accountable Care Organization and serves on the boards of the Northern Health Plan and the Northeast Health Plan and their successor agencies. Prior to serving in her current position, Baumgardner was the director of a nine-county Area Agency on Aging and taught at Alpena Community College. She has a Master of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University and has lived in Harrisville with her family since 1973.
Timothy M. Kuehnlein, Jr., is a recognized leader in the Alpena Community and for the region, serving as President of Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) and on the board for the Thunder Bay Arts Council. He also has been one of the leading organizers for the Lake Huron Discovery Tour, a significant effort to raise awareness of the many arts, cultural, historical and natural assests along the US 23 Heritage Route. Kuehnlein is an Instructor of Political Science and History at Alpena Community College where he holds many leadership roles as well. He has completed his course work for his Ph.D. in addition to his Master of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.
The following board members were nominated and approved to serve their second three-year term: Brendan Fleishans (Alpena), John MacMaster (Harrisville) and Tony Johnson (Oscoda). Dave Cook (Harrisville), Sue Fitzpatrick (Ossineke) and Jerry Goznell (Grayling) were nominated and approved to serve their last three-year term. According to the CFNEM By-Laws, board members can serve up to three three-year terms.
2016 Board of Trustees
Sue Fitzpatrick - President
Lora Greene - Vice President
Christine Baumgardner, Secretary
Timothy Kuehnlein, Treasurer
Tom Sobeck, Past President
Barb Frantz, Ex Officio and Executive Director
Alayna Nugent (Youth Trustee)
Jerry Gosnell (NCMCF representative)
Tony Johnson (ICCF representative)
Jennifer Lee (SACF representative)
Makenzie Zdybel (Youth Trustee Elect)
To learn more about CFNEM, visit www.cfnem.org contact Executive Director Barbara Frantz at 989-354-6881, toll-free: 877-354-6881, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to providing people who care about the future of our area with unique and effective ways of supporting their community now, and for generations to come.