Board | Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes




Chairperson of the Board, 2019 - 2021
William B. (Brad) Kessel
President & CEO, Independent Bank
Immediate Past Chairperson & Corporate Secretary
Joe Tomaszewski
Partner, Crowe, LLP
Vice Chair - Free Enterprise Center
Robert T. Worthington
Chief Operating Officer, Mercantile Bank
Vice Chair - Free Enterprise Golf Invitational
Lance B. Erickson
Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank
Vice Chair - Board Development
James S. Nicholson
Sr. Vice President - CFO, BISSELL
Vice Chair - Volunteers
Scott Fiser
SVP, Sr. Relationship Manager, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Vice Chair - Finance
Sarah Mezwicki
Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Vice Chair - Business Hall of Fame
Robin Kleinjans-McKee
VP Global Financial Planning & Analysis, Dematic
Vice Chair - Titan Business Challenge
Kevin L. Patterson
Audit Partner, BDO USA, LLP
Vice Chair - Bowling
John A. Maynard
Partner, KPMG US LLP
Vice Chair - Marketing
Marti Lolli
Chief Marketing Officer & SVP of Consumer & Government Markets, Priority Health
At Large Member
Mike Volk
Executive VP for Finance/CFO & Treasurer, Davenport University
At Large Member
W. Noble Billingsley II
Manager, Customer Service, DTE Energy
JA Mid Michigan Chairperson
Lea Ammerman
Executive VP of Member Services, MSUFCU
JA Southwest Michigan Chairperson
Jodi Havera
CFO, Landscape Forms Inc
President & CEO
William C Coderre III, CFRE
Junior Achievement of the Michigan Great Lakes

2019 - 2020 Directors

Kim Baber
Partner/Attorney, Varnum LLP
James Bos
Vice President Global Procurement, Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors
Jennifer Bowman
Deputy Director of Federal Affairs, Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development
Meredith Brown
NSO/Petoskey Advisory Chair
Owner & President, Kilwins Petoskey
Steve Carlson
Community Leader, (Retired GE Aviation Vice President)
Rhonda DeBoer
Group Human Resources Director, Autocam
Krista Flynn
Regional President - West, Chemical Bank
Ronald Foor
Community President/Commercial Relationship Manager, Fifth Third Bank
Scott Harris
Vice President & Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, The Huntington National Bank
Jeff Harrison
Vice President, North American Business Groups, Haworth, Inc.
Monica King
Managing Partner & CEO, DWH, LLC
Kris Kurtz
Chief Financial Officer, Metro Health University of Michigan Health
Mark Lardieri
Technology & JA Girls' Dream Fair Chair
President, CQL Inc.
Zachary Shaw Littleton
Vice President, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Chris Milliron
NWSO/Traverse City Advisory Chair
Chief Lending Officer, TBA Credit Union
Ron Modreski
Owner, RAM Management Group
Gregg Peters
Corporate Controller, Sound Off Signal
Gwen Sandefur
President, Spectrum Health Hospital Group
David Seppela
Montcalm County Advisory Board
Division President, Isabella Bank
Matthew D. Smith
Managing Director, Deloitte LLP
Rich Sorota
President & CEO, Ranir
Martin Stein
Managing Director, Blackford Capital LLC
Michael Stornant
CFO, Senior Vice President & Treasurer, Wolverine World Wide Inc
Victor Sturgis
Associate Leadership Board Chair
Tax Manager, Crowe LLP
Tim Williams
Community Leader, Retired from Stryker
Scott Pranger
Board Member Emeritus
Community Leader
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    Parent of student using newly released Online Programming
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    Middle school student using newly released Online Programming
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