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 14, 2017. Lora Greene of Alpena is the new President; Christine Baumgardner of Lincoln is the new Vice President; Timothy Kuehnlein of Alpena is the new Secretary, and Scott McLennan of Rogers City is the new Treasurer. Sue Fitzpatrick 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 Patrick Heraghty, CFNEM Executive Director. “Each of the new officers are very engaged in their respective communities and the region as a whole."
New Board of Trustees President Lora Greene (left), 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.
“The Community Foundation has been a pillar of philanthropy in our community for decades, and its impact will only continue to increase,” said Greene. “It has been an honor to sit on the board and serve as an officer, seeing its growth and transformations over the years. Now it’s an even greater honor to serve as the President. I’m looking forward to a very positive year for CFNEM.”
Christine Baumgardner, the Community Foundation’s new Board Vice-President, 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.
Scott McLennan, of Rogers City, is the newly elected Board Treasurer. He currently serves as a city council member for the City of Rogers City, and is the previous ownder of Golden Beach Manor, an adult foster care/assisted living facility. He has degrees in registered nursing, healthcare administration and law enforcement. He has also served on the boards of Rogers City Public Schools, Calcite Credit Union and the RC Rehab Hospital, as well as serving as a Boy Scout Scoutmaster.
Completing their third three-year term in March were Esther Ableidinger and Tom Sobeck. Youth Trustee Alayna Nugent also completed her two-year term.
2017 Board of Trustees
Lora Greene - President
Christine Baumgardner, Vice President
Timothy Kuehnlein, Secretary
Scott McClennan, Treasurer
Sue Fitzpatrick, Past President
Patrick Heraghty, Ex Officio and Executive Director
Beth Carusi (SACF representative)
Jerry Gosnell (NCMCF representative)
Tony Johnson (ICCF representative)
Olivia Losinski (Youth Trustee-Elect)
Makenzie Zdybel (Youth Trustee)
To learn more about CFNEM, visit www.cfnem.org contact Executive Director Patrick Heraghty 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.