Chippewa Nature Center Elects Board Members at Annual Meeting
Chippewa Nature Center
Elects Board Members at Annual Meeting
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) held its annual meeting on Wednesday, February 19. Guests were welcomed by Dennis Pilaske, Executive Director. Following the 2019 Year in Review, Jordan Summers, Treasurer (Chemical Bank), presented the 2019 Financial Report. Retiring board members Kirk Fisher (Chemical Bank), Mark Robertson (Delta College), John Davis (Dow), Michelle Wilkins (Dow) and Mike Witt (Dow) were thanked for their years of service.
Rob Maxwell, incoming Board President, facilitated the election of new board members John Blaha (Dow), Marianne McKelvy (Dow, retired) and Bartley Terrill (Dow Industrial Solutions). Blaha is Global Director, Capital Markets, Financial & Enterprise Risk Management for Dow, and currently serves on CNC’s Endowment Investment Committee. He and his family love nature, and they all agree that it is amazing to have a nature center the caliber of CNC right here in our own community. McKelvy, retired Research Leader in the Spectroscopy Group from Dow, has served two full terms of service on CNC’s Board, including as Vice President and two years as President, and now joins the organization for a third. She considers Board service to be one of the greatest privileges of her life. She is an active volunteer and member of the Oxbow Archaeologists, and she and her husband, Fred, particularly enjoy hiking and birding the trails at CNC. Additionally, she serves as a volunteer tax counselor for AARP Tax Aide and works with several local food pantries. Terrill currently serves as Market Segment Manager, Dow Industrial Solutions, where he leads marketing strategies for several industrial markets. He has worked with a variety of nonprofits in the past both in Texas and in Michigan and most recently was involved in Dow Chemical’s United Way campaign. He and his family can often be seen at CNC events, programs and festivals throughout the year.
Board members Kimberly Reinhardt (Midland Public Schools); Barbara Allen (Delta College); Jenni Bush (SPACE, Inc.; incoming Secretary) and Melissa Haswell, Ph.D. (Davenport University) were re-elected to a 3-year term. Board members not up for re-election include Rob Maxwell (Pinecrest Farms); Nancy Carney (Morley Companies; incoming Vice President); Jamie Ross, M.D. (Covenant Health Care); Brian Holmes (Arbury Insurance); Jordan Summers, J.D.; Sharon Caldwell (WhichCraft Taproom) and Carol VanWert (Dow).
The meeting concluded with a presentation entitled 3,000 Miles by Bicycle, presented by James and Lauren Dake of Elk Rapids, Michigan. During the summer of 2012, James and Lauren Dake of Elk Rapids, Michigan rode their bicycles from Michigan to California in a 3,000-mile journey across America. They shared the stories, experiences and encounters of their two-wheeled adventure across the country highlighting the special places, wildlife and people they met along the way. This program was funded by the Dale Dean Natural History Speaker Series.
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Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people with nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19 miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. The Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 1-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at www.chippewanaturecenter.org.