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.

 

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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.

Pam Babbitt
Pam Babbitt of Muskegon County

Pam Babbitt of Muskegon County.

Although she wasn’t involved in 4-H as a youth, Pam Babbitt of Muskegon County has been giving her time, talent and treasure to 4-H for nearly 50 years. Babbitt first became a 4-H leader in 1969 and her involvement grew from there. She joined the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees in 1985 and in her 35 years on the board, Babbitt has been a committed donor and advocate for growing 4-H resources across the state.

“I’ve always enjoyed being involved with 4-H,” she said. “Your reward as a volunteer is seeing the kids achieve.”

Babbitt loves 4-H, which is why she continues to give back to Michigan 4-H.

“I can see the need and know others can benefit from the donations I make,” she said. “I do it because I’m able to.”

Babbitt has supported 4-H in a variety of ways over the years including gifts to State 4-H Awards, the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens, Kettunen Center and the 4-H Annual Fund. During the Vision 2021 Campaign for Kettunen Center, she sponsored a room in Birch Lodge, a Red Oak room and contributed to the Capstone Campaign. She also sponsored a room in the new Gerstacker Wing of Cedar Lodge and was the winning bidder on the Garfield 4-H print during the 4-H Centennial Gala in 2002.

Most recently, Babbitt’s gifts have supported the Muskegon County 4-H Endowment Fund.

“Muskegon County 4-H had a goal to try to raise $50,000 for matching funds. It was an idea that I had that my support should go to this fund to help towards that goal,” Babbitt said. “So they could have matching funds to make the county 4-H grow and expand.”

Qualifying gifts to the participating county 4-H endowments were matched 1:1 by the Michigan 4-H Foundation, ultimately doubling donors’ gifts to grow local 4-H endowments. These investments will provide on-going support for 4-H program delivery in local communities for generations to come. The match opportunity would not have been possible without investments from match pool donors to provide the matching funds. The county endowment match opportunity ended Dec. 31, 2018.

Babbitt became a Michigan 4-H Foundation trustee 35 years ago, making her the longest serving member of the board. Trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Trustees manage foundation policies and operations with oversight of staff members and work on committees developed to facilitate foundation operations.

Babbitt recalled how she became a Michigan 4-H Foundation trustee.

“I was president of the Muskegon County 4-H Council. Our 4-H agent at the time asked me if I’d be interested in serving on the Michigan 4-H Foundation’s board. I didn’t think I qualified, but he assured me the foundation was seeking women in business. Then the foundation’s president at the time interviewed me and I joined the board – that was in 1985,” Babbitt said. “I didn’t quite understand all that it was about, but now I think I’m the longest serving trustee on the board.”

Babbitt has served terms as Michigan 4-H Foundation president, vice president, immediate past president and treasurer and chaired the foundation’s Personnel Committee for over a decade.

“I can see the value of it in young people’s lives across the state. I enjoy Kettunen Center and the training quality that offered at Kettunen,” Babbitt said. “It’s a nice place to visit and it’s nice to be a part of it.”

“1971 was the first time I was at Kettunen Center. It was for a 4-H Food and Nutrition workshop. The center was very different than what it is now – with an A, B and C lodge, that’s what they were called back then. It’s been a joy to see how Kettunen Center has changed.”

“Over the years I attended a variety of 4-H workshops including craft, FOLKPATTERNS, citizenship, leadership. I enjoyed going to them.”

Although Babbitt was not involved in 4-H as a youth, she became a 4-H leader in 1969, 50 years ago.

“A neighbor invited my kids to a meeting and to join their 4-H club. My kids were five and six at the time,” Babbitt said. “My son and daughter were both involved in 4-H until they graduated high school and went to college – and I stayed in 4-H.”

“That first year they did a stamp collection. The next year my neighbor asked if I’d like to teach the kids knitting and the Needle Beatles 4-H Club just kept growing.

“At one time we had 40 members. We’ve done sewing, baking, macramé, string art, gift wrapping – one year we even made Cabbage Patch dolls.”

As a 4-H volunteer, she attended 4-H Exploration Days, Kettunen Center 4-H workshops and a variety of other statewide events. For many years, she also served as a member of the Muskegon County 4-H Leaders Council, helped out with the Muskegon County fair and judged local competitions.

4-H also has deep roots in her family. Babbitt’s late husband, Ed, was a 4-H alumnus and a 4-H volunteer. She recalled him helping 4-H members build a car. “My son still gets out his 4-H car every once in a while,” she said.

When her husband was very ill, a local person asked her if she would be interested in building a garden on a section of property she and her husband owned in downtown Muskegon. After her husband passed in 2004, she approved the garden plans and in 2005, dedicated the Heritage Memorial Garden in Ed’s memory. After the dedication, Babbitt received numerous inquiries from others interested in sponsoring memorial benches. To date the garden has 30 memorial benches, two fountains – one each for Ed and Pam – and a gazebo, frequently used for wedding photos.

“My husband was in the first 4-H Emerald Clover Society class and the stone marking his memorial fountain is from the Emerald Clover Society. When the company was working on the wall for Kettunen Center, they did a sample engraving and that stone now marks the fountain in his memory,” she explained.

Although Babbitt isn’t a leader of the Needle Beatles any longer, she still remains active with her local community, especially with the Heritage Memorial Garden. She is also a member of Rotary Club, the Woman’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Milwaukee Clipper board treasurer, and serves on a variety of committees for these organizations.

Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees elections were held at the Oct. 5 Michigan 4-H Foundation annual membership meeting.

Trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Trustees manage foundation policies and operations with oversight of staff members and work on committees developed to facilitate foundation operations.

Reelected to three-year terms on the board were: Pamala R. Babbitt, of Muskegon; Mary F. Draves, Midland; Jennifer L. Kiel, St. Johns; and Sheila W. Kneeshaw, Detroit.

New trustees elected were: Shawn M. McNamara, Centreville, and Andrew Walker, West Branch.

Shawn McNamaraShawn McNamara

McNamara is a St. Joseph County 4-H’er who comes from a multigenerational family of 4-H members and leaders. He has been very active locally as well as statewide. In May 2018, he graduated from Centreville High School and was dual enrolled in Glen Oaks Community College. He has served as a part-time on-call maintenance assistant at the St. Joseph County Grange Fairgrounds, worked with the Centerville Athletic Boosters concessions stand and volunteered with the Centreville Fire Department.

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

An Ogemaw County 4-H alumnus, Walker currently serves as staff attorney at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan in Saginaw. He became an attorney in 2014 after passing the Michigan bar exam. He received his juris doctor degree from the Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude, and his bachelor’s degree in political theory and constitutional democracy from James Madison College at MSU. While attending MSU as an undergraduate, he was active in Student Senate, Collegiate FFA, Leadership in Environmental and Agricultural Fields Club and the MSU Block and Bridle Club.

In addition, four trustees retired from the board and were recognized for their service: Alondra Alvizo, of Detroit; Loren G. King, Burr Oak; Ian G. McGonigal, DeWitt; and Michael T. Wehner, Pigeon.

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.

Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees were elected to two-year terms as officers of the foundation at the fall board meeting Oct. 5. Newly elected Michigan 4-H Foundation officers are:

 

Sara A. StubyPresident
Sara (Sally) A. Stuby, Centreville

Stuby retired from MSU Extension in 2008 as the Southwest MSU Extension regional director. Currently, Stuby and her husband, Dale Stuby, co-own and operate Dale Stuby Farms and Legacy Land Farms, a 1,000-acre crop farm in Constantine. Stuby is a St. Joseph County 4-H alumna, a 4-H Emerald Clover Society member and a longtime 4-H volunteer. Her service includes 14 years as the Rolling Clovers 4-H Club leader, eight years on the State 4-H International Exchange Committee, 15 years of co-leadership in the St. Joseph County 4-H Veterinary and Animal Science program and 10 years as the St. Joseph County Fair 4-H sheep superintendent. She is also vice president of the Centreville FFA Alumni Association and serves on various advisory councils. She coaches 4-H/FFA livestock and meat evaluation teams for state and national competitions. Since 2014, Sally and Dale have been members of the Leadership 10, serving as leadership supporters and public advocates for the Campaign for Michigan 4-H’s Future.

Sheila Kneeshaw

Vice President
Sheila W. Kneeshaw, Detroit

Kneeshaw serves as the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (WNF&GA), Michigan Division, representative on the foundation’s board, a tradition that began with the incorporation of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. This past year Kneeshaw served 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. She is an avid gardener and arts activist, additionally serving as a member of The Herb Society of America — The Grosse Pointe Unit; Western Wayne County Master Gardener Association; Nichols School Garden  Jr. Master Gardener Program; Meadowbrook Hall Garden Club; the Detroit Garden Center Garden Club; Theatre Arts Club of Detroit; Fine Arts Club; the Grosse Pointe Theatre; and the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she has served as both a gallery service volunteer and member of the board of directors Arts and Flowers Committee.

 

Melissa Humphrey

Treasurer
Melissa Humphrey, Fowler

Humphrey 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 members in the Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Hart, Hastings and Ionia offices. She is responsible not only for the customer service from this group but also for the guidance and development of this sales team. 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. In this role, Humphrey assisted part-time farmers and country living customers with their financing needs, including home and home site purchases, construction projects, and recreational land loans. A graduate of Michigan State University (MSU), Humphrey received a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management and graduated from the Great Lakes Leadership Academy at MSU in 2015.

 

Jacob M. DeDecker

Secretary
Jacob M. DeDecker, St. Johns

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. DeDecker joined MSU Extension in 2006 as the 4-H program leader responsible for 4-H STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), small animal and agriculture programs. He served as MSU Extension associate state 4-H leader beginning in 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, master’s and doctoral degrees in animal sciences, along with a certificate in business administration, from the University of Illinois.

 

Douglas Lewis

Immediate Past President
Douglas E. Lewis, Milan

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.

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.

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

Melissa Humphrey

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

Julie Chapin

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 DeDecker

Jacob DeDecker

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 Turner

Roxanne Turner

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.

Grace Schmidt, Livingston County 4-Her

Grace Schmidt, Livingston County 4-HerLivingston County 4-H’er Grace Schmidt was elected to the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees in April.

Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees are volunteers who serve as community advocates for 4-H and lead and manage the operation of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. Three positions on the board are reserved for trustees between the ages of 16 and 22. These youth trustees, all 4-H members, provide a youth voice to the board and help it to keep to the 4-H mission.

In her youth trustee role, Schmidt will serve as a liaison between the Michigan 4-H Foundation and the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC). SYLC members serve as representatives of the Michigan 4-H program, promoting 4-H through state and local activities, and can provide a youth voice and perspective on the development of 4-H programs and curricula. SYLC members are also provided an opportunity to represent Michigan at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. Schmidt is halfway through her term on the 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC) and serves as the metropolitan regional leader.

Schmidt has been a member of Livingston County’s Barnyard Bunch 4-H Club for the past 13 years. She is active in the poultry, goat, rabbit and leadership project areas. Schmidt has served on the Livingston County 4-H Council and on the Small Animal Committee in both membership and officer roles. She won the Michigan World Food Prize in 2018 and was the first to represent Michigan at the Global World Food Prize in the collegiate category. Schmidt currently attends Washtenaw Community College and plans to transfer to MSU to pursue a degree in animal science.

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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

Ronald H. Schoen

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

Michael J. Tate

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.

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.