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.
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.
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, 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.
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, of Milan, was reelected president of the Michigan 4-H Foundation at the fall board meeting Oct. 6, 2017.
Lewis is the director of student legal services for the University of Michigan. He represents the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on the Council on Ag Research Extension and Teaching, serves on the MSU Extension District 12 Advisory Committees, is a Washtenaw County 4-H volunteer and is a member of the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Council.
Also reelected were: as vice president, Sara Stuby, Centreville; as treasurer, Rob Johnson, St. Johns, internal audit manager, MSU Federal Credit Union; and as secretary, Julie Chapin, Portland, state 4-H leader and director and MSU Extension Institute for Children and Youth. The immediate past president is Sheila Burkhardt, Novi, senior director of member relations and public affairs at Michigan Milk Producers Association.
Board of trustee elections were held during the annual membership meeting Oct. 6. Stuby and Burkhardt were re-elected to a three-year term on the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees. Youth trustee Alondra Alvizo, Detroit, was re-elected for a one-year term to complete her three years on the board. Johnson was also re-elected as a trustee through the end of the year.
Additionally, trustees retiring from the board were recognized Oct. 6 for their service to 4-H: former board president and Resource Development Committee chair Smallwood Holoman, Jr., Midland, former Facilities Committee chair Harmony Nowlin, Elwell, and treasurer and Finance Committee Chair Robert Johnson, St. Johns.
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.
Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees are volunteers who manage foundation policies and operations, and are community advocates for ongoing and increasing support for 4-H. They are also charged with overseeing the activities of foundation staff members and working on committees to facilitate foundation operations.
Melissa Humphrey and Julie Chapin were each elected to three-year terms on the Michigan 4-H Foundation board. Effective Feb. 1, 2018, Jacob DeDecker is the acting state 4-H leader and in that role serves as Michigan 4-H Foundation trustee. Roxanne Turner was appointed as the Michigan Council of Extension Associations representative on the board.
Melissa Humphrey, of Fowler, was elected to a three-year term as a Michigan 4-H Foundation trustee at the winter board of trustees meeting. Humphrey currently serves as regional vice president of sales and customer relations for GreenStone Farm Credit Services. In this role, she is the leader of the financial services officers, crop insurance agents and financial services staff in the Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Hart, Hastings and Ionia offices. Humphrey began her career at GreenStone in 2004 as a credit trainee. She soon transferred to the position of financial services officer, and later to senior financial services officer at the St. Johns branch. A Berrien County 4-H alumnus, she grew up on a dairy and cash crop farm and currently serves on the Michigan Farm Bureau State Promotion and Education Committee. A graduate of Michigan State University (MSU), Humphrey earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and graduated from the Great Lakes Leadership Academy at MSU in 2015.
Julie Chapin, of Portland, was also elected to a three-year term at the winter board meeting. Chapin, who has served as a permanent trustee since 2010, retired as state 4-H leader and director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute Jan. 31. Her election to the board allows her to continue in her roles as both trustee and secretary to the board following her retirement. In 1981, Chapin began her career as an MSU Extension 4-H youth agent, then became a youth animal science specialist before serving as state 4-H program leader for volunteer development. Chapin is recognized nationally for her leadership in convening and directing the National Center for Action in Science and Technology and the National Network for Science and Technology, both dedicated to expanding youth opportunities to explore science and technology through formal and nonformal learning opportunities. She also helped launch the 4-H Club Read youth literacy initiative in response to Michigan’s commitment to have every child reading by third grade. She has been honored for her Extension service with the Michigan and National Distinguished Service awards.
Jacob M. DeDecker, of St. Johns, was appointed to the board as the acting state 4-H leader for Michigan 4-H Youth Development and co-director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute effective Feb. 1. DeDecker joined MSU Extension in 2006 as 4-H program leader responsible for 4-H STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), small animal and agriculture programs. He has served as MSU Extension associate state 4-H leader since 2014 and associate director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute since 2017. He works closely with 4-H supervisors and county-based 4-H program coordinators in 4-H policy, partnerships, risk management and evaluation systems to advance the 4-H program statewide. DeDecker is a member of the Michigan Association of Extension 4-H Youth Staff (MAE4-HYS) and received the MAE4-HYS Team Effort Award in 2011 and 2015. An Illinois 4-H alumnus, DeDecker was raised on his family’s swine and grain farm in Illinois. He received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in animal sciences, along with a certificate in business administration, from the University of Illinois.
Roxanne S. Turner, of Fowlerville, was appointed as the Michigan Council of Extension Associations (MCEA) representative on the board. Turner is an MSU Extension educator on the leadership civic engagement work team in the Children and Youth Institute. Her program specialty areas include communication, conflict resolution, parliamentary procedure, facilitation, youth/adult partnerships, youth voice empowerment, and leadership and civic engagement development. She provides and facilitates trainings to both external and internal audiences in these areas across Michigan. Turner is a member of the MAE4-HYS, serving as president in 2014-15. She was recognized with the MAE4-HYS Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and received the National 4-H Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Turner holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in social work and a master’s in criminology, all from Eastern Michigan University. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy-Emerging Leader Program.
The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees recently elected two former trustees as trustee emeritus and honorary trustee. Trustees Emeriti and Honorary Trustees may attend and participate in all meetings of the board with ex-officio status.
Ronald H. Schoen, Okemos, was elected to join nine others as trustee emeritus. Schoen served as a trustee for nine years, from 2007 to 2016, including treasurer from 2010 to 2016. He served as a member of the finance committee before assuming leadership as chair in 2010. He represented Accident Fund Holdings on the board until he retired as executive vice president and CFO in 2011. He served as advocate for support from Accident Fund during his tenure as trustee. Schoen, and his wife, Jeannie, have been annual leadership donors and also serve as members of the Leadership 10 providing support and advocacy for the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future.
Michael J. Tate, of Pullman, Wash., was elected honorary trustee – an honor bestowed upon former permanent trustees who have made contributions that significantly advance the 4-H movement in Michigan. Tate served as state 4-H leader and assistant director of MSU Extension for 10 years. His tenure represented some of the highest revenue years for the Michigan 4-H Foundation. After 26 years with MSU Extension, Tate became professor of human development and associate dean and director for Washington State University (WSU) Extension. In 2010, he became WSU’s chief diversity officer until retiring in 2014 as professor emeritus in the department of human development. He and his wife, Winifred, remain annual donors to Michigan 4-H and serve as members of the Leadership 10.
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.
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.