2016-17 Board of Trustees Election Results

Michigan 4-H Foundation

Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees elections were held at the Oct. 7 Michigan 4-H Foundation Annual Membership Meeting.
Trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead and manage the operations of the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Re-elected to three-year terms on the board were: John D. Hatfield, of Midland, Harmony L. Nowlin, of Elwell, and Douglas E. Lewis, of Milan.

New trustees elected were: Thomas L. Bosserd, of Plymouth, and Emily E. Kittendorf, of Milan.

Thomas L. Bosserd

Thomas L. Bosserd

Bosserd was elected to a three-year term in April and confirmed by the membership in October. He serves clients in Michigan as an area representative for Haldermans Real Estate and Farm Management Services where he has served Halderman clients since 2001 in real estate, farm management and appraisals services. Prior to joining Halderman’s, Bosserd worked as a loan officer and appraiser for over 19 years with GreenStone Farm Credit Services. He has been a certified general appraiser in Michigan since 1994. He is a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and is a former president of the Michigan chapter. A Calhoun County 4-H alumnus, Bosserd was raised on a dairy farm and hold a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, both in business administration.

Emily E. Kittendorf

Emily E. Kittendorf

Kittendorf fills one of three positions on the board reserved for trustees between the ages of 16 and 22. She is a Michigan State University student pursuing a degree in animal science with a swine specialization and minors in international agriculture and sustainable agriculture. She is also in the MSU Academic Scholars Program. Kittendorf has been a Monroe County 4-H member since 2005 involved with swine, poultry and rabbit projects. She served as president of the Junior Livestock Association from 2013-15. She currently serves as a member of the State 4-H Youth Leadership Council and as vice president of the MSU Animal Science Undergraduate Research Student Association where she volunteers for the Ingham County Animal Control Shelter and assists with research analyzing the relationship between fiber and constipation in gestating sows. She also is employed by the Matthes Evergreen Tree Farm and is a sales representative for the Wie
lfaert Farm and Greenhouse.

Trustees retiring from the board were also recognized Oct. 7 for their service to 4-H: Ronald H. Schoen, of Okemos, and Joseph T.W. Buis, of South Lyon.

Also retiring from the board Dec. 31 is Diana (Dee) L. Miller, of Kalkaska, who serves as the appointed representative of the Michigan Council of Extension Associations (MCEA) on the board.

Sheila Urban Smith

Sheila Urban Smith

Sheila Urban Smith, of Williamston, will assume the MCEA board position Jan. 1, 2017. Smith is a 4-H program leader with the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute. Smith serves as a member of the 4-H Life Skills work team and served as the county staff representative on the Michigan 4-H Foundation’s board development committee from 2005-2016. She has served in a variety of MSU Extension and 4-H leadership roles at the state and national levels including NAE4-HA committee chair from 2013-16, MAE4-HYS president in 2011 and a current Michigan Council of Extension Agents (MCEA) board member. She also is a member of the Michigan Afterschool Partnership, served as the NAE4-HA 50th Anniversary Committee chair in 1996 and led the external events sub-committee for the Michigan 4-H Foundation 4-H Centennial Celebration Task Force in 2002. Smith is active in her local community with the Williamston Schools Foundation, Williamston Soccer Boosters and as a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Okemos.

Ronald Hendrick

Ronald Hendrick

Additionally, Ronald L. Hendrick, of East Lansing, joined the board as a permanent trustee as the dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources effective July 1, 2016. He succeeded Fred L. Poston, who retired last December. Previously, Hendrick served as interim vice president for agricultural administration and interim dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University. Hendrick served OSU since 2013 in a variety of roles, including as senior associate dean and director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Prior to that, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. He also was graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry. Hendrick earned his bachelor and doctoral degrees from MSU in forestry and forest ecology.

 

Douglas E. Lewis
Douglas E. Lewis

Douglas E. Lewis

Douglas E. Lewis, of Milan, was elected president of the Michigan 4-H Foundation at the fall board meeting Oct. 7.

Lewis is director of student legal services for the University of Michigan. Before joining U-M, he worked for Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services. He represents the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the Council on Ag Research Extension and Teaching (CARET) and serves on the MSU Extension District 12 Advisory Committee. He is also a Washtenaw County 4-H volunteer and member of the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Council. He received his law degree from Cooley Law School in Lansing.

These trustees were also elected to offices: as vice president, Sara A. Stuby, Centreville; as treasurer, Robert J. Johnson, St. Johns, internal audit manager for the MSU Federal Credit Union; and as secretary, Julie A. Chapin, Portland, state 4-H leader and director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute. The immediate past president is Sheila M. Burkhardt, Novi.

From Vantage, Fall 2015

Board elections were held during the Michigan 4-H Foundation annual membership meeting Oct. 2.

Trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead and manage the operations of the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Pamala R. Babbitt, of Muskegon; Mary F. Draves, of Midland; Jennifer Vincent Kiel, of St. Johns; and Michael T. Wehner, of Pigeon, were re-elected to three-year terms on the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.

Sheila Wade Kneeshaw, of Detroit; Loren G. King, of Burr Oak; and Alondra G. Alvizo, of Dearborn Heights, were elected as trustees. King and Alvizo fill two of three positions on the foundation’s board held for young people between the ages of 16 and 22.

Kneeshaw1x1Kneeshaw joins the board as the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (WNF&GA), Michigan Division representative, a position most recently held by Claudia Scioly and a tradition that began with the incorporation of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Kneeshaw serves as president of the Indian Village Branch, WNF&GA. Before retiring and transitioning to community volunteer leadership roles, Kneeshaw worked for 40 years as an employee of the city of Detroit, serving in roles that included economic development manager and project manager for the Fox Theatre and the Atheneum Hotel. She is an avid gardener and arts activist.

 

MSU 4H Capitol Experience 2014
King is president of St. Joseph County’s Burr Oak 4-H Club, and a member of the Burr Oak Bucketsful Goat Club and the Sauwauseebee Horse Club. King, a high school senior, has served as a representative on the Branch County 4-H Youth Council, the State 4-H Youth Leadership Steering Committee, the State 4-H Youth Leadership Council and the 4-H Capitol Experience Steering Committee, and to the World Food Prize-Global Youth Institute. He also served as a facilitator at 4-H Capitol Experience and World Food Prize. In addition to his 4-H involvement, King currently serves as a Michigan FFA regional vice president and chapter vice president. He previously served as FFA chapter junior reporter and historian. He was also the St. Joseph County 4-H Fair King in 2013.

 

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Alvizo is a Michigan State University student pursuing a degree in agribusiness management. Alvizo is a co-founder and vice president of the Giving Hope 4-H Club in Wayne County and also serves as a Healthy Living statewide ambassador. Currently, Alvizo works for MSU Extension translating audio files and documents from English to Spanish and Spanish to English for MSU Extension Family and Nutrition Education programs. She previously was an intern for MSU Extension in financial homeownership education and also worked as an MSU Genetic Engineering Research Lab assistant, where she analyzed soybean growth and reproduction. Additionally, Alvizo helped lead a summer dance program at Vista Maria in Dearborn Heights.

Trustees retiring from the board Oct. 2 were also recognized for their service to 4-H: Polly Diehl, of Holland; Claudia Scioly, Ann Arbor; Hannah Haynes, Southfield; and Katelyn Walters, Burr Oak.

Also retiring from the board Dec. 31 is Ray Hammerschmidt who will step down from his role as interim director of MSU Extension.

MSU College of Human Medicine, Dr. Jeff Dwyer
Jeffrey W. Dwyer will assume the interim director position on Jan. 1 and as such, also becomes a permanent trustee of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Dwyer is a senior associate dean in the MSU College of Human Medicine with primary responsibilities related to research and community engagement. In this role, he has been actively working with MSU Extension since 2008, and has helped lead the Extension Health Research Team since it was created in 2014. Before joining MSU, Dwyer was a tenured professor at Wayne State University, where he was the director of the Institute of Gerontology and professor of sociology. He was the founding director of the Institute on Aging and a tenured professor of medicine at the University of Florida from 1999 to 2003. Dwyer received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California Lutheran University in 1982 and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Florida in 1988.