Board of Trustees

Peter J. Hood

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.

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.

Russell Poole

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.

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.

Harmes James

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.

Jim Blanchard

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.

Trisha McEvers

Trisha McEvers was elected to the Board of Trustees in February, 2020 to fill a board seat that expires December 31, 2020.  Trisha received her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1997.  She brings with her over 22 years of career experience in the healthcare and behavioral health fields.  Trisha’s current position is as a Mental Health Specialist for the LMAS District Health Department working on the E4 project.  This is a grant-funded program developed to implement and sustain school-based mental health services in Schoolcraft County.

Trisha has been involved in several community organizations and holds a strong belief in the importance of volunteerism and supporting community resources and assets.  She brings along experience working in both large and small health care systems.  She has expressed respect for the challenges facing rural healthcare, as well as a solid understanding for the disparities facing our community related to socioeconomic factors and geographical barriers.  Trisha is committed to the local area and the population served by SMH.  She believes in SMH’s organizational goals and mission and the importance of sustaining a strong healthcare system in our local community.

Cindy Olli

Cindy Olli was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2020 to fill a board seat that expires December 31, 2020. She retired from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in 2018 after 38 years of service.  She held various Nursing positions throughout her hire, including Chief Nursing Officer from 2008 – 2018.

Cindy’s education includes a Master of Science in Nursing – Leadership and Management from Western Governors University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Bay College, and a License Practical Nursing degree from Northern Michigan University.  She has a board certification as a Nurse Executive.

As an employee of SMH, Cindy was involved in many different committees and projects. She currently volunteers as a SMH Greeter and is a Congregation Council member of the Zion Lutheran Church. She was born and raised in Manistique and lives here with her husband, Randy.

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The care that was provided by The nurses (Cindy, Felicia Ruth) and staff was exceptional. The entire staff was very friendly and made you feel welcome. We received a call from Felicia the next day to check on my husband to check his pain level and do a follow up. The surgery area from check in to check out was well organized, clean, and up to date. Thank you to all of you for what you do so well and everything beyond your normal duties.

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