Board of Trustees

Join Our Board of Trustees

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees thanks the residents of the county for making Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital one of the top Rural Health facilities in the Unites States.  Our mission is to provide quality health and wellness services to the people of our region.  Your participation and use of our services brings to reality our motto that “we will be the trusted first choice for our patients, staff and physicians”. 

We appreciate your support and are proud to serve our community. Periodically, we remind residents of opportunities to serve your community by volunteering at SMH.  We can use your time, talents, expertise and interest in a variety of ways including a trustee position, a committee assignment, grant writer, fund raiser, volunteer  greeter, healing  garden group member, emergency preparedness corps member, and other opportunities.

Peter J. Hood

Peter J. Hood, Chair

Peter was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 10/12/2017 and his term expires 12/31/2026. 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.

Jim Blanchard

Jim Blanchard, Vice Chair

Jim was appointed to the Board of Trustees 01//01/2019 and his current term expires on 12/31/2024. 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.

Kevin Knaffla, Treasurer

Appointed to the board of trustees on 8/13/2020 and his term expires on 12/31/2022.

Cindy Olli, Secretary

Cindy Olli was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 06/25/2020 and her term expires 12/31/2026. 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.

Harmes James

James B. Harmes

Jim Harmes was appointed to the Board of Trustees 12/29/2015 and his current term will expire on 12/31/2022. 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.

Lynne Giles

Lynne Giles was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 06/25/2020 and her term expires on 12/31/2024. Lynne is an Associate Broker Real Estate Professional with over 20 years of experience in the industry. She currently is selling real estate at Grover Real Estate in Manistique. Lynne has lived in the community for over 26 years and has been a past board member of the Manistique Housing Commission for 10 years and Rotary member.

Prior to moving to Manistique she lived in Grand Rapids Michigan where she was involved in sales and marketing for manufacturing and service companies. Lynne’s value to the SMH board is her deep understanding of the community and new families moving to the area. Lynne will be able to leverage her local knowledge and business experience for the benefit of the community.

Howard Parmentier

Appointed to the Board of Trustees 6/24/2021 and his term expires 12/31/2022.

Howard is the Superintendent of Manistique Area Schools. Prior to coming to the Manistique, his professional experience has consisted of working in several Michigan school districts including Chassell Township Schools as a Superintendent/Principal, Hancock Public Schools as an Elementary Principal, Flint Community Schools and Detroit Public Schools as a teacher.

Howard is involved in the ADA (American Diabetes Association) and the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) where he supports children with diabetes. He was the director of Camp Midicha (2008-2014). This is a residential camp for children with diabetes organized through the American Diabetes Association. After stepping down as camp director he continues to volunteer each summer.

Howard’s vision for Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is very simplistic, he would like to see growth in areas of service that will benefit our community.

Ryan Fausett

Ryan was appointed to the Board of Trustees on 10/28/2021 and his term expires 12/31/2024.

Ryan was born in Mt. Pleasant, MI. He grew up in the village of Shepherd where he graduated from Shepherd High School and went on to Central Michigan University where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine before enrolling in Wayne State University’s Mortuary Science Program. He earned his Michigan Mortuary Science License in 2011.

Ryan worked for various other funeral homes before settling in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, in Manistique. In September 2018 he purchased the former Messier-Broullire Funeral Homes of Manistique and Garden, renaming them Fausett Family Funeral Homes where he continues to serve the community. Ryan is a member of the Manistique Rotary Club, the Indian Lake Golf Course, and the Manistique Elks Lodge.

Ryan is married to Lindsay (Jacobs) Fausett (Jackson, MI native), is the doting father to his three beautiful daughters, Olivia, Claire, and Norah, and has a beloved family dog, Chuey. He enjoys spending his summers boating on Indian Lake, golfing, and mowing his lawn. During the long Michigan winters he enjoys time with friends snowmobiling and ice fishing. He is a dedicated Michigan State football and basketball fan and enjoys watching Detroit sporting events.

Read what clients have to say about Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Everyone in the ambulatory care/outpatient surgery were great!! They all made me feel very comfortable and did a great job!!! thank you to the whole outpatient staff and Doctor Rayner..I would recommend Schoolcraft or patient to anyone in need of surgery

Reviewer: Jeremy Sitkoski


5 out of 5 stars

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.

Reviewer: Maureen DesChamps


5 out of 5 stars