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Board Members

We are proud to have our local elected officials and workforce development board members come together every two months to discuss workforce development activities in our six-county region. As you can see, our board consists of a wide variety of individuals from various industries, making our board very unique in its make-up.


Chair - Thomas Hogenson, City of Big Rapids

Vice Chair -Les Johnson, City of Ludington

Christine Balulis, Lake County

Burt Cooper, Newaygo County

Ken DeLaat, Newaygo County

Mark Gregory, Osceola County

Jody Hartley, Mason County

Martha Meyette, Oceana County

Wendy Nystrom, Mecosta County



Chair - Deborah Smith-Olson, Lake-Osceola State Bank - Baldwin

Vice Chair - Cynthia Romanowski, Arbre Farms - Walkerville

David Cooper, Whitehall Industries - Ludington

David Eisler, Ferris State University - Big Rapids

Larry Emig, Youth Attention Center - Reed City

Nancy Griffin, Dept. of Health and Human Services/Michigan Rehabilitation Services - Big Rapids

Eric Gustad, Consumers Energy - Ludington

Lindsay Hager, Fremont Area Community Foundation - Fremont

Dave Hamelund, Hamtech Inc. - Big Rapids

Tracy Johns, North Lake Correctional Facility - Baldwin

Karl Kemnitz, Leprino Foods Co. - Remus

Dan Kosheba, United Auto Workers - Grand Rapids

Dan Massy, Osceola County Community Development - Reed City

Liz Stark, Mason-Lake Adult Education - Scottville

Sheri Thompson, Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District - Big Rapids

Jon Timmers, Michigan Dept. of Corrections - Grand Rapids

Mary Trucks, Five-Cap Inc. - Scottville

Larissa Vanderputte, Michigan Freeze Pack - Hart

Jill Vasquez, Spectrum Health - Ludington

William Visser, Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades No. 174 - Coopersville

Janet Vyse-Staszak, Dept. of Health and Human Services - Ludington

Paige Wheeler, Tubelite Inc. - Reed City

Adam Wilson, Nestle Nutrition/Gerber Products - Fremont