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.
Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees
Don was first elected to the Board of Trustees in August 2008 and his current term ends in 2018. 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.
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.
Secretary, Board of Trustees
Marcia was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2013 and her current term ends in 2018. She is the founder of Northern Comfort Specialized Care, Inc., the Upper Peninsula’s first traumatic brain injury residential facility. As a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, her passion was to provide a facility offering care and rehabilitation within a reasonable commuting distance. She has 15 years of case management experience working with individuals involved in automobile accidents or worker’s compensation claims and over 10 years of vocational counseling experience in the public sector where she co-authored the book, “Opening the Doors of Your Success” and developed the curriculum for the initial phases of the “School-to-Work” initiative.
Marcia also fulfills the role of Case Manager in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan and has served as the Education Coordinator for the United Way and Literacy Council of Clare and Gladwin Counties in Lower Michigan. She is currently affiliated with the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), Coalition to Protect Auto No-Fault (CPAN), and has served on the City of Manistique Zoning Board of Appeals.
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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.
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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.
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.
Jennifer was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2016 and her current term expires in 2018. Jennifer Watson is the CEO of Limestone Federal Credit Union (LFCU) located along the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful northern shores in Manistique, Michigan.
Watson has put together an extraordinary team at LFCU where together, they have achieved tremendous growth in both membership and asset size over the last few years. This feat did not go unnoticed as the MCUL named Watson and her Limestone team the 2015 Outstanding Credit Union of the Year for Assets under $50 million.
Joining LFCU in April of 2003, Watson brought with her ample experience. Having worked her way through the ranks, she began her career in the Credit Union industry working for Chippewa County Credit Union where she held various positions in accounting, lending, collections, and management then went on to become the CEO of Federal Employees of Chippewa County Credit Union before joining Limestone.
Watson is a 1996 graduate of Cuna Management School. She and her family reside in Manistique, Michigan.
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.