Meet the HCCF Board of Trustees
Brent Wehner, Bad Axe
Brent is the Marketing Manager of Thumb National Bank & Trust, with offices in Bad Axe, Pigeon, Caseville and Bay City.
I am excited to be able to serve on the Foundation. My grandparents, aunts and uncles and parents all grew up in Huron County and as my wife and I raise our four kids here, I hope I can be a small part of making a brighter future for our youth. The Foundation can be so many things to so many people, and if I can in some way facilitate a better way of life, I would be honored.
Christopher Boyle, Port Austin
Chris is the owner of Port Austin Kayak & Bike Rental in Port Austin.
There are many great projects and programs in Huron County working to make our community a better place to live. The Foundation manages funds to support these projects and programs financially. In addition, the Foundation manages funds that provide financial assistance to students that go on to higher education. As a father of four young children I believe it is important to do everything possible to strengthen our community and support education. This is why it is my pleasure and honor to serve as a member of the Huron County Community Foundation.
Clark Brock, Kinde
Clark is the HISD Career Education Director/Principal of the HuronAreaTechnicalCenter.
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Huron County citizens as a board member of the Huron County Community Foundation. As an educator, I believe the future is our youth and the HCCF provides the ability to help provide financial opportunities to our youth through educational scholarship programs and financial grants to nonprofit organizations that support the youth of Huron County. It is important that we take an active role in providing our citizens a rewarding community to grow, live, and prosper. My family has been blessed to be members of this wonderful county, and I look forward to providing others the similar prospects.
Michael LePage, Pigeon
Mike LePage is President of the Thumb Region for Thumb National Bank & Trust, with offices in Pigeon, Cass City, Caseville, Bay City, and Bad Axe. Mike heads up the Retail Banking Division, and Branch Administration for the bank. Mike also serves as Village President for the Village of Pigeon.
I am honored to serve on the Huron County Community Foundation Board of directors. My wife and I raised our 3 boys in Huron County, and are dedicated to working on behalf of the youth of Huron County, to insure quality educational opportunities for all. The Foundation manages funds that create scholarship and and grant opportunities to students and groups throughout the county. The HCCF Board of Directors is a diversified group that works well together to promote the foundation, and enhance the quality of life for the residents of the communities that we serve.
Jean Ferriby, Ruth
Jean is the Marketing Coordinator at the Harbor Beach Community Hospital and Event Coordinator for the Hospital Foundation.
I am excited to be able to serve as a Foundation Board member and on the Public Engagement Committee of the Huron County Community Foundation. We have a lot to offer to the people of Huron County and that is what we are all about. It is very exciting to see us grow as a foundation and have a positive impact where we live and work.
Alan McTaggart, Port Hope
Alan is the plant manager for Star of The West Milling Co in Rapson and a Huron County Road Commissioner.
My wife and I, as well as our two children, were all born and educated in Huron County, so to be asked to serve on the Foundation Board is a very high honor. The work that I see the Foundation doingis making an impact in the county, in our communities, and our youth. I would like the opportunity to continue strengthening our communities and giving our youth as many educational opportunities as possible.
Brad Polega, Sebewaing
Brad Polega and his family own and operate Sebewaing Ace Hardware, Livestock Nutrition Company, and Bayside Livestock Company.
Having the opportunity of growing up, living and raising a family in Huron County I have seen opportunities this county has to offer our youth. Being asked to serve on the board is a privilege and I am excited to help the youth in Huron County any way I can. I believe serving on the HCCF board is a great way to make sure they get to see the opportunities Huron County has to offer.
Melissa Guza, Ruth
Melissa is the Marketing Officer at Northstar Bank.
Growing up in Huron County, and now raising a young family here, I’m proud to be a part of a group that works to nurture and promote this area. Huron County is rich in beauty – of both landscape and people – and this mix makes it an outstanding area to live, work and play. I’m pleased to support any efforts the Foundation makes to build on our county’s strong roots.
Lynette Drake, Ubly
Born and raised in Huron County, I make my home in Ubly with my husband and two children. I am the President and Chairman of the Board of Gemini Group which owns and operates several manufacturing facilities in the area. I am also a board member for Northstar Bank which has multiple locations throughout the Thumb.
Michael Sage, Caseville
Michael is the Program Manager for Renewable Energy for DTE Energy, whose office is in Bad Axe but he services all of the state of Michigan. My background has been a lifestyle of service, working in many diverse volunteer activities over the years, from a labor to team leaders to board member. Thankfully I have had the pleasure of working for a company (over 40 years) that has the same spirit of service and DTE Energy has allowed me to be engaged in helping the communities we service and supporting me in those volunteer efforts. I also bring the experience of raising four children with my wife, knowledge that will benefit all ages of residents of Huron County.
I feel fortunate to be a member of the Huron County Community Foundation, we extend support to so many different aspects of life here in Huron County that I believe the foundation has the ability to make changes that can make a difference in lives for generations to come.
DeAnna Wruble, Harbor Beach
DeAnna is the Talent and Employee Development Manager at the Gemini Group, Inc.
After moving to the west side of the state for close to 15 years, my husband and I had the opportunity to move back home to Huron County to raise our family. I am delighted to be able to have my children experience all of the wonderful things about Huron County that my husband and I got to experience growing up. Being approached to serve the county on this board is a honor and I am excited for the opportunity to be involved in activities that both grow and promote Huron County.
Teresa Gascho, Pigeon
Teresa is the Corporate Services System Leader at Scheurer Healthcare Network in Pigeon.
I consider it a privilege to serve on the Huron Country Community Foundation along with other community-minded members. Huron County is fortunate to have an active foundation that supports a wide variety of activities and provides scholarships opportunities. I look forward to working with the foundation members as we continue to enhance the quality of life in Huron County.
Kathy Dickens, Pigeon
Kathy has over 27 years in the education field, serving initially as a high school teacher of Social Sciences and English at Morenci High School followed by 25 years at Lakers in the roles of Guidance Counselor and Principal. I have served as an adjunct instructor of English at SVSU and as a Human Service adjunct at Baker College. The field of education suits me well as I enjoy the creativity and innovation that exist within education. I have a passion for identifying areas of student need and interest, and finding ways and means to fulfill them. I have written over $6 million in successful grants, most of which, directly address these needs and interests. I look forward to working with the Huron County Community Foundation to help fulfill the broader needs and goals of Huron County residents!!
Lowell McDonald - Governance Committee
Al Nietzke - Finance Committee
Craig Osentoski - Finance Committee
Kelly Jo Osentoski - Grantmaking Committee
Kristin Ramsey - Grantmaking Committee
Samantha Schnettler - Public Engagement Committee
Marilee Schock - Scholarship Committee
Shelly Shuart - Grantmaking Committee
Justin Straight - Grantmaking Committee
John Booms - Finance Committee
Mary Babcock - Strategic Initiatives Committee
Dallas Braun - Strategic Initiatives Committee
Ashley Brining - Scholarship Committee
Bob Buckley - Public Engagement Committee
Melissa Donnellon - Grantmaking Committee
Clint Hagen - Strategic Initiatives Committee
Tom Kreh - Finance Committee
Yvonne Bushey - Governance Committee
Meet the HCCF Staff
Mackenzie Price, Harbor Beach
Mackenzie began her tenure as Executive Director of the foundation in 2014. She comes to the foundation after graduation from Hillsdale College. She has been involved in community foundations since 2004, when she joined the Hillsdale Community Foundations Youth Advisory Council (YAC). Her other experience includes serving on the Michigan Community Foundation's Youth Project and working at the Council of Michigan Foundations as the 2013 Mawby Intern.
Contact Mackenzie for questions about starting a fund, planned giving, and general information about HCCF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laura Tyll, Ubly
Laura serves as the office manager for the foundation, she has been involved with the operation since it's inception in 1997. She continues to manage the daily operations of the foundation office.
Contact Laura for questions about scholarships, day to day foundation activities, and grant opportunities at email@example.com