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Trustee Profiles

  Phil millard, chair

Photo of Phil MillardPhil Millard joined the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees in June 2004.  Mr. Millard is chairman of the Board and serves on both the Bylaws and Policy Committee and the Curriculum Committee.

In addition to his service on the Board, Mr. Millard is a member of the advisory board for McLaren Northern Michigan and a member of the Finance Committee for the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation. 

Mr. Millard received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor degree from Wayne State University.  He is a bank executive and resides in Petoskey.


dave kring, vice chair

Photo of Dave KringDave Kring has been a member of the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees since October 2006.  Mr. Kring is vice chairman of the board and serves on both the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Personnel Committee.

A graduate of Central Michigan University, Mr. Kring owns and operates Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac in Petoskey.  The dealership supports several local organizations and events, including Manna Food Project, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, the Petoskey Youth Soccer Association and the 4-H livestock auction.  In addition, the dealership is the chief sponsor of the annual Athena Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who demonstrate outstanding professional leadership and community service; the award is also aimed at helping women realize their leadership potential.

Mr. Kring and his wife reside in Harbor Springs.


John Fought, Treasurer

Photo of John FoughtJohn Fought has served on the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees since November 2004.  He is currently treasurer of the board.  Mr. Fought is a member of the Personnel Committee and is chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee. 

Mr. Fought received his bachelor’s degree from Albion College and his MBA from the University of Michigan.  A retired CPA, he resides in Petoskey. 




irma noël, secretary

Photo of Irma NoelIrma Noël has been a member of the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees since March 2011.  She currently serves on the Finance and Facilities and Foundation committees.  Ms. Noël has also been a member of the NCMC Foundation Board since October 2002. 

Ms. Noël enjoys being part of the Petoskey community and spends her time volunteering for several local organizations, including the Little Traverse Historical Society, where she is a member of the board of directors. 

Ms. Noël is a graduate of Indiana University. She and her husband, Jim, moved to Petoskey in November 1981 and purchased Ballard’s Plumbing and Heating in February 1982.  They live in Resort Township and have three sons, two of whom hold associate degrees from North Central Michigan College. 


Melissa Keiswetter

Photo of Melissa KeiswetterAppointed to the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees in July 2015, Melissa Keiswetter has a history of dedication to education.  Coming from a family of educators, she has been an elementary school teacher, a high school special education teacher, and a volunteer in several school settings.

Since 1999, Melissa has been an active director of the NCMC Foundation, serving on the executive committee, the annual giving committee, and the special events committee, among others.  In 2013, Melissa and her husband, Paul, served as co-chairs of the capital campaign for the building of the Jack and Dorothy Harris Health Education and Science Center.  In 2014, Melissa, Paul, and his company, Petoskey Plastics, were honored with the Founder’s Society Award.

Along with dedication to the College, Melissa has committed herself to many community endeavors, including serving on boards of the Crooked Tree Arts Council, Hestia Women’s Giving Circle, and others.  She and Paul support several community philanthropies to enhance the quality of life in northern Michigan, with an emphasis on youth and on education.

Melissa lives in Petoskey and has two “gift children,” two natural children, and three grandchildren.


  marion kuebler

Photo of Marion KueblerMarion Kuebler has served on the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees since January 1997.  A Detroit native, Ms. Kuebler began her career with the Detroit Public Schools Administration Department before going on to work for the State of Michigan, spending the last 14 years of her career managing the Michigan Secretary of State office in Petoskey.  Now retired, Ms. Kuebler devotes time to pursuing one of her lifelong passions: music.  She has been a church organist since she was 16, and she is currently the music director for Alanson and Harbor Springs Methodist churches.  She serves as President-Elect of the Petoskey Kiwanis Club as well as club representative for their sponsored Middle School Builders’ Club.

Ms. Kuebler’s service on the NCMC Board of Trustees allows her to pursue her interest in public relations.  She enjoys the opportunity to communicate between the college and the community, promoting the progress and advancements of North Central’s faculty and facilities.  She currently serves on the Foundation Committee and is chairwoman of the Bylaws and Policy Committee. 

Ms. Kuebler has three children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  She resides in Harbor Springs.


  james shirilla, M.d.

Photo of Dr. James SchirillaDr. James Shirilla has served on the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees since January 2012.  A graduate of Oakland University and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. Shirilla is a retired physician and lives in Springvale Township.  Dr. Shirilla serves currently on the Curriculum Committee and is chairman of the Personnel Committee.

“I am privileged to serve the community as its representative, working closely with the dedicated faculty and administration at the college.” Dr. Shirilla said.  “Our common goal is to offer educational opportunities for the residents of northern Michigan and see the college grow.”