April 26, 2019
The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) Board of Trustees elected four new officers to lead the Foundation for one year, with their officer terms ending in March 2020. Tim Kuehnlein of Alpena is the new President; Scott McLennan of Rogers City is the new Vice President; Debra Kruttlin of Harrisville is the new Secretary; and Andy Stone of Presque Isle is the new Treasurer. Christine Baumgardner is the out-going president, and will continue on the Executive Committee as Past President.
“The Community Foundation is fortunate to be led by a committed group of individuals who represent our communities in geography, as well as through many different professional and personal aspects,” said Patrick Heraghty, CFNEM Executive Director. “They are engaged, believe strongly in our mission, and are excited about what’s in store for CFNEM and our communities.”
CFNEM’s new President, Tim Kuehnlein has lived in Alpena since 2001. He is a Political Science and History Instructor at Alpena Community College, where he is also the chair of the Curriculum Committee. He is past-president and board member of the Thunder Bay Arts Council and a co-facilitator of the Alpena County Intergovernmental Council.
Kuehnlein says he is proud to be the incoming President of what he calls “one of the most respected organizations in our community because of the level of trust past and present staff and boards have built”.
“The impact CFNEM, its donors, and board members have had in northeast Michigan for the past 45 years is making a profound difference for people, students, organizations and causes throughout the region,” said Kuehnlein. “I saw this from the day I arrived here, making northeast Michigan my home and career. I hope to help impact philanthropy and community engagement by continuing to support this tradition and the people who make it all happen.”
Kuehnlein says one of his favorite things about northeast Michigan is the very real opportunity to help make a difference because its smaller-scaled communities lend themselves to tangible impact on quality-of-life matters.
Youth Trustee Olivia Losinski completed her two-year term on the CFNEM board, with Jenna Peterson taking over the position for the next year. Evan Carlson will join the board as Youth Trustee-Elect.