The LCEF is governed by a volunteer board of trustees. The trustees meet quarterly and are responsible for managing and directing the resources of the LCEF.
Frank Dick began his career in 1950 as superintendent of 180 students in the Portage Township Schools, while studying for his Master of Science degree at BGSU. He moved on to shepherd the 600-student Pandora-Gilboa School District for four years. In 1957 he made a jump to Sylvania City Schools, with 6,000 students. By 1965 he was in charge of more than 63,000 students in the Toledo City School District. He received the Ohio Congress of Parents and Teachers Award in 1974, and was inducted into the Toledo City Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He received the Alumni of the Year award for BGSU in 1997, and Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year in 1999.He is a board member of many organizations including the BGSU Foundation Board and Adrian College. Mr. Dick is currently chairman emeritus of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society. He is a veteran of the 80th Combat Infantry Division (1944-46) and has been awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Dick of Adrian is the especially proud husband of the late Shirley Dick and father of Reide.
Patrick Farver is the President and CEO of Blissfield Manufacturing Company located in Blissfield, Michigan. In addition to his involvement with the Lenawee County Education Foundation, Mr. Farver is the Vice Chair of the Adrian College Board of Trustees, Chair of the Bixby Community Foundation and a Board Member of the Lenawee County Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Farver and his wife Debbie reside in Adrian, Michigan.
Stanley Caine served as the President of Adrian College from 1989 until his retirement in 2005. Since that time, Mr. Caine has served in interim administrative roles with Wilmington College and North Carolina Wesleyan College. Mr. Caine is a member of the Board of Trustees at both Wilmington College and Centenary College. Mr. Caine is very active in the Lenawee community. He currently serves on numerous boards and committees. Mr. Caine resides in Adrian with his wife Karen. Mr. Caine and his wife have three adult children.
Board of Trustees
Garry Clift is the owner and operator of Clift Buick GMC. Mr. Clift is currently the President of the Michigan Auto Dealers Association and he has served on their Board of Directors for the previous ten years. He earned a B.A. from Western Michigan University in Finance. Mr. Clift and his family are highly active members of the Adrian and Lenawee communities. Mr. Clift is a member and past President of the Adrian Kiwanis Club. He is also a Board Member at United Bank and Trust. In addition to his current community service activities, Mr. Clift has accumulated numerous awards for his service to the community. Special recognitions include: Maple Leaf Award, Stubnitz Award, Athena Parthenon Award and the Addison J. Comstock Award. Mr. Clift and his wife Susan have two children and reside in Adrian.
Doug Gray currently serves as Director of GIFT at Gray Institute, as well as Director of Free2Play Academy, Inc. His world lights up when there is mention of his wife, Valerie (married July ‘11), and his son, Zion Wynn (born October ’13). Doug resides in Adrian, MI where he is an active community member, including service on the board for Lenawee United Way.
Suann Hammersmith currently serves as the President and CEO of the Lenawee Community Foundation. Ms. Hammersmith is heavily involved in the greater Lenawee community. In addition to her service to the LCEF, she is currently on the Board of Directors for the Gleaner Life Insurance Society, the Lenawee Human Services Council; and the Adrian Morning Rotary Club. Ms. Hammersmith resides in Blissfield, Michigan with her husband James.
Dave Hickman is the retired Chairman & CEO of United Bancorp, Inc. and United Bank & Trust. He and his wife Shelley have both been very active in Lenawee community organizations for many years. He holds both BBA and MBA-with distinction degrees from the University of Michigan, and is a CPA. Dave currently serves on the boards of Adrian College, Lenawee Community Foundation, and is Chair of the Fund Raising Campaign for a new ProMedica Lenawee Hospital. During his banking career, he was Chairman of the Michigan Banker’s Association, named Michigan Banker of the Year, and served as Treasurer of the American Banker’s Association. Dave has received several community awards, including ProMedica Excellence in Governance Award, Tecumseh’s Musgrove Evans Award, Lenawee Lifetime Legacy Award, Lenawee Leadership Award (formerly Maple Leaf Award), and an Honorary Degree from Adrian College.
Ann Hinsdale-Knisel is the Community Relations Coordinator with the Lenawee Intermediate School District, a position she has held since 2007. Prior to her time at the LISD, Ms. Hinsdale-Knisel spent 27 years as County Director of Lenawee MSU Extension. She resides in Sand Creek, Michigan with her husband, Bill. She has a daughter, Jenna, a step-son, Jason, and three grandchildren, Mariah, Cloe’ and Seth. She serves on the Allen H. and Nydia Meyers Foundation Board, member of Civitan of Lenawee and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra Board, and Chairs the Adrian Dominican Montessori Teacher Education Institute Board.
Michael Howe graduated from Jackson College with an Associate’s degree and obtain is B.S. at Eastern Michigan University in Literature and Arts in 1973. He began teaching at Clinton Community Schools in 1973 and taught for 37 years. He attainted his Masters in Educational Leadership but continued to teach in the classroom. He has since retired teaching but continues to coach and is now working with his third generation of students.
Steve Krusich recently retired after serving 11 years as the Superintendent of the Lenawee Intermediate School District (LISD). Prior to his appointment to the Superintendent’s position, Mr. Krusich served ten years as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education services with the LISD, 12 years as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the Lapeer County Intermediate School District and five years as a school psychologist. Mr. Krusich holds a Masters degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Asbury College. Mr. Krusich is active in the Lenawee community serving on the boards of numerous community enrichment organizations including: the Salvation Army, JCC Foundation, Lenawee YMCA, Lenawee Great Start Collaborative and numerous councils of the ProMedica Health System. Mr. Krusich is a member of the Adrian Kiwanis Club. He and his wife Karen reside in Adrian, Michigan.
Jim McClellan, Jr. is a graduate of Huntington University (BS) and Purdue University (MS) and holds banking degrees from the University of North Carolina and Northwestern University. He has been awarded the title of “Certified Financial Counselor”. He served as Past-President and Executive Director of Lenawee Christian Ministries since 1987, before his retirement in 2009. Jim has served on many boards over the years, including over 20 years on the LCEF Board of Trustees.
Kathryn Mohr is a partner in the law firm of RCO, Law specializing in estate planning, elder law, real estate and commercial. Married, lives in the Britton area. RCO is located in Toledo with offices in Tecumseh and Monroe in the Michigan market. Kathryn has been involved in many areas, LISD board member, United Bank & Trust board, along with several other non-profits.
Jan Parson has had a life long relationship with education, its value and its importance to every person’s future. She came to the Lenawee Intermediate School District in 1990 when the Lenawee County Education Foundation was new. In her own words she says, “I am amazed and joyous with its continued growth providing the opportunity for more and more students to attend a post secondary experience. One of the high points of the year is the LCEF Scholarship Reception. I cherish the opportunity to serve Lenawee County, students and teachers through the programs and services of LCEF. I encourage all who read the annual report to provide support to a Lenawee County student through establishing of scholarship.” Jan also enjoys knitting and is the writer of Knitting: A Love Story, a knitting blog.
Martha Poppink-Melcher is a resident of Tecumseh, Michigan. Ms. Poppink-Melcher is a retired school counselor who served in the Adrian School District. She holds a BS degree from Western Michigan University and MA degree from Eastern Michigan University. In addition to her service to the LCEF, Ms. Poppink-Melcher is highly active with the Tecumseh Pops and the Community Arts of Tecumseh organization where she is a founding member.
Theresa is Executive Director of the Elizabeth Ruthruff Wilson Foundation. She is very active and supportive of the Tecumseh Schools Orchestra. She also serves as Executive Director of the Board for the “Friends of Tecumseh Schools Orchestra” a very active booster group that works to insure all needs of the Tecumseh orchestra program are met. She has been a resident of Tecumseh since 1972. She enjoys her time spent with her wonderful husband Wes, their two children Jennifer and Jeremy, daughter- in-law Sheri and six grandchildren, Logan, Gabriel, Garrett, Xavier, Jamairah and Eliott. When Theresa is not busy volunteering, she loves gardening, shopping and traveling.
Sheila Schwartz is a long time Adrian resident, previously in fund development over the last 25 years with Siena Heights University, Bixby/Herrick Hospital Foundations and then Promedica Foundations. Now principle in Dwyer Philanthropy a consultation company for non-profits/foundations. Sheila is well connected and recognized in the Lenawee County community.
Marybeth Shunck is the EVP for First Federal Bank and Northern Area President. Marybeth sits on the Goodwill and United Way boards in Lenawee as well as participating in events with Boys & Girls Club, Adrian Chamber of Commerce and Habitat for Humanity. Marybeth has been with First Federal since Jeff Vereecke’s loss and brings a current banker to our board.
J. Martin Thomspon, a retired banker and former CPA, joined First Federal Savings of Adrian upon relocating her in 1985; as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He married Nancy, they have three children. Jennifer and her family in Atlanta, Georgia, Bethany and her family in Austin, Texas, and Bryon with his family in Okemos, Michigan. Martin, a former Rotarian, currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Salvation Army.
L. Donald Bush, Director Emeritus
Betty Gross, Honorary Trustee
Linda Herrick, Honorary Trustee
William Ross, Honorary Trustee
Kelly Coffin, Superintendents’ Association
James Hartley, LISD Board of Education
Mark Haag, Superintendent, LISD