Board of Trustees

Donald J. Perigo

Donald J. Perigo

Chair, Board of Trustees

Don was first elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005 and his current term ends in 2022. He retired from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, and moved to the U.P. in 2003. Don is currently the Supervisor of Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County.

During his 30-year career at UM he served as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Information Services, Director of Michigan Consultation and Conciliation Services and The University of Michigan Ombudsman. His areas of expertise are research and training, team building, policy development and conflict management.

Don was a member and officer of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, Board Member of the Ann Arbor Homecare and Hospice, Board Member and President of the University Club and served as the President of the University and College Ombudsman Association. He holds a BS from Western Michigan University and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Don Bedwell

Don Bedwell

Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Don was first elected to the Board of Trustees in August 2008 and his current term ends in 2018.  Don was re-elected for another 6 year term ending in 2024. He retired from the Muskegon Heights Police Department as a Lieutenant after 25 years. While serving the police department, he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart awards. Don also served in the United States Army as active duty and in the reserves.

After retiring from the Police Department, Don was COO of two travel plazas in the Battle Creek area for nine years. He attended and graduated from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio. From there he served as pastor of the Salisbury United Methodist Church and has been Pastor of the Manistique First United Methodist church since 2004.

Clyde Strasler

Clyde Strasler

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Clyde was elected to the Board of Trustees in June 1990 and his current term ends in 2022. He retired as President and CEO of The State Savings Bank of Manistique. Clyde served as Trustee of Michigan Bankers Association; Treasurer of Michigan Community Bankers Association; Chairman of Upper Peninsula Bankers Association and as a member of the Advisory Board at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He attended the University of Michigan and was a graduate from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

Clyde is involved in several community organizations including; Schoolcraft Building Authority, Manistique Planning Commission, VW Post 4420, Elks Lodge 632, Masonic Lodge 371 and the Shrine and Rotary Club.

Richard Hueter

Richard G. Hueter

Board of Trustees

Dick was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2009 and his current term ends in 2020. He was a missionary for the American Lutheran Church Foreign Missions in Papua New Guinea (1960-79), where he served as Chair of the Lutheran School of Nursing Board and was a member of the Lutheran Medical Board. He retired in 2003 but is currently the Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Shingleton, MI. He was a member of the Schoolcraft County Citizens Corp which helped form CERT and MRC. He is a Firefighter and Ambulance driver for the Inwood Fire Department; Marriage Counselor; Administrator and Interpreter of the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis.

Dick has a BA from Capital University, Columbus, OH; Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA; Master of Arts, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; Linguistics (Wycliffe Bible Translators) University of Oklahoma; and Continuing Education Seminars on Alcohol and Drug Addiction, age related Dementias, etc., from U.W.  Madison.

Ernie Krueger

Ernie Krueger

Board of Trustees

Ernie was first elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2013 and his current term expires in 2020. He has over 35 years of professional experience in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, tax planning, investor and shareholder relations, and capital planning. He has strong analytical skills, innovative modeling techniques and sound financial theory in job performance. Currently Ernie serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of mBank and its holding company, Mackinac Financial Corporation and is Chair of ALCO Committee and member of the Executive and Loan Committee.

Ernie served in the United States Army as a Personnel Sergeant.  He holds a BBA and MBA from UW-Oshkosh and is a member of both the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Public Accountants.

James B. Harmes

Jim Harmes was first elected to the Board of Trustees in December of 2015 and his current term ends in 2022. He retired from the Grand Blanc Fire Department, located just outside Flint Michigan, after 25 and ½ years of service in June of 2014. He moved to Manistique immediately after retiring. He served 34 and ½ years as a Fire Chief in 3 departments in Michigan. He also taught school for 10 years mainly in the Summerfield School District in Petersburg, Michigan.

During his long fire career, Jim was very active in numerous Fire Chief Organizations. He was elected to President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2006-2007. This organization serves Fire Chiefs all over the world. He traveled extensively representing this organization. He also served as President of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.

Jim earned both his BA and MA from Siena Heights University.   He holds his Executive Fire Officers Certification from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Peter J. Hood

Peter was elected to the Board of Trustees in October 2017.  His term expires in December 31, 2020.   He is a retired attorney from the firm of Nielsen, Zehe & Antas in Chicago.  Peter also worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years before entering into the practice of law.   Peter was born and raised in Manistique and has retained a connection to the area throughout his life.  He and his wife moved back to Manistique in 2016.

During his years in the insurance industry, Peter served in various capacities including claim manager, catastrophe management and planning, corporate planning and coordinating executive compensation and claim vice president.  He has frequently presented at insurance industry and bar association conferences on insurance related matters.  He has also served on numerous insurance industry and charitable organization boards prior to joining the board at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

Russell Poole

Russell Poole was elected to the Board of Trustees in January, 2019 for a six-year term.

Poole is a seasoned human resources professional with more than 30 years of experience. He brings a deep understanding of organizational development, talent management, employee benefits implementation and strategic partnering to SMH. In addition, he has served as an active partner and adviser to organizations’ Boards of Directors, providing support for compensation programs, and leadership development initiatives.

Most recently, Poole was an independent consultant, providing advice on various issues surrounding business transactions and other human resources activities. Prior to his consulting practice, Mr. Poole served as executive vice president of human resources at Intralinks and Novell, Inc., where he was responsible for all facets of the human resource function.

Mr. Poole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Michigan, a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, an LL.M in Taxation from Boston University, and a General Management Program degree from Harvard Business School.

“In such a competitive landscape, SMH has managed to attract talented physicians and staff. I am thrilled to be able to share my experiences and contribute to the quality health and wellness services provided to the people of our region as we continue to attract, retain and develop talented professionals to play key roles in the hospital’s future,” said Poole.

Jim Blanchard

Jim was elected to the Board of Trustees in January, 2019 for a six-year term. Jim currently serves as a senior advisor in his family owned and operated small business, Clear Fortress Window Solutions, located in Rochester Hills, Michigan. Jim and his wife Sara became permanent residents of Manistique in 2015, relocating from Wixom, Michigan.

Prior to founding his company in 2010, Jim was the General Manager for Loomis Armored Company in Highland Park, Michigan. Previous to Loomis, he was the General Manager of Guardian Alarm Company and Guardian Armored Company in Southfield, Michigan. Jim also was the General Sales Manager for Interstate Brands Corporation in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jim holds a BBA from Davenport College. He is currently the Trustee Chair for First United Methodist Church in Manistique.