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Foundation Board of Directors


Richard Ames

Melissa Keiswetter

Dawn Bodnar

Joan Kleinstiver

Kathryn Breightner, Vice Chair

Marion Kuebler

Emily Brown, D.C.

Nancy Lindsay

Cameron Brunet-Koch, President

John Marshall, Secretary

Max Bunker, Treasurer

Gayle Mroczkowski
Chris Etienne

Irma K. Noël, Chair

William Kanine

Stan Smith, M.D.


Director Bios

Richard Ames


Dawn Bodnar

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Dawn Bodnar has been a member of the North Central Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors since August 2012. She also serves on the Special Events Committee. 

A graduate of North Central Michigan College, Ms. Bodnar is the Vice President of Marketing and Community Development at Awakon Credit Union in Indian River. Dawn is very active in the community, serving as treasurer of the Cheboygan County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority since November 2012, a director for Top of Michigan Trails Council since December 2014; and of the Great Up North Marketing Alliance since June 2014.  She is the Vice President of the Topinabee Development Association, secretary of the Friends of the Inland Lakes Schools, and serves on the Events Committee for the Indian River Chamber of Commerce.  She enjoys volunteering, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Kathryn Breighner, Vice Chair

Photo of Kathie Breighner, Vice ChairKathryn Breighner joined the NCMC Foundation board in 2006 and currently serves as vice chair and on several Foundation committees. She also serves on the boards of the Harbor Springs Chamber Foundation (President), HARBOR Inc. (past president), and Harbor Springs Downtown Development Authority (vice chair), and is a committee chair for Little Traverse Yacht Club (where she is a past commodore), and on committees for the Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce's Harbor Stars event and several other community organizations.

Kathryn has been the owner and publisher of Concierge Publications since 1989. She has served on more than a dozen area chamber, business and community boards since moving to Northern Michigan in 1981.

A graduate of Indiana University and a native Hoosier, Kathryn and husband Martin have two sons. They live in Harbor Springs.


Emily Brown, D.C.

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Emily Brown joined the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors in 2017.  She serves on the executive committee and the special events committee.

Dr. Brown graduated from Charlevoix High School in 2008.  From there, she attended Albion College where she graduated with a degree in biology, psychology and neuroscience in 2012.  She attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated with her Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2016.  She has continued her studies with a focus in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.  She is currently working on research to obtain certification in pediatrics.

Emily opened Bear River Chiropractic in January 2017.  She enjoys the opportunity to serve the people of this community every day.  She is a graduate of Leadership Little Traverse Class of 2017, and serves on the Thriving Petoskey committee through the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys playing soccer on the Petoskey Women’s Soccer League. Emily currently lives in Petoskey with her husband and dogs.


Cameron Brunet-Koch, Ph.D.

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Cameron Brunet-Koch is president of North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, Michigan, and has served in this capacity since 2001.  Previously, Dr. Brunet-Koch was dean of student services at North Central and, prior to that, dean of student personnel services at West Shore Community College.  Dr. Brunet-Koch is a graduate of Oakland University, where she majored in English and social science.  She earned her master’s degree in higher education and administration at Michigan State University and her doctorate in guidance and counseling at The University of Michigan.

Dr. Brunet-Koch is active in her local community.  She served on the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for a decade, ending her time as chair in 2015.  She is a member of the local Kiwanis Club and has served in various positions, including president.  Dr. Brunet-Koch has taught for Ferris State University’s Doctorate in Community College Leadership Program since 2009, using her experience and expertise to help prepare the next generation of college leaders.  She is also the past chair of the Michigan Community College Association’s Board of Directors and President's Committee.

Cameron resides in Petoskey with her husband, Bruce. They have two children, and two grandchildren.


Max Bunker, Treasurer

Photo of Max BunkerMax R. Bunker has been a member of the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors for more than two decades. He is currently the Treasurer. He is a retired principal partner in the CPA firm, Bunker, Clark, Winnell & Nuorala.  He began public accounting in 1967 and spent the majority of time in the wealth management area for high net worth individuals.

Mr. Bunker is a graduate of Michigan State University and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Michigan Association of Certificated Public Accountants, and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Max has provided wise financial counsel to our Foundation Board, serving on the Investment and Finance Committee, Executive Committee, and as board treasurer. In 2013, he was honored with a Founders Society Award.

In addition to his service to North Central, Max served on Petoskey High School’s scholarship committee for three decades, and was the original treasurer for our area’s hospice organization. He has served as hospital treasurer and on the hospital foundation board, as well as president of Northern Michigan Community Mental Health. He has shared his skills in the classroom and on the golf course, volunteering at tournaments for all ages and abilities.


Chris Etienne

Photo of Chris EtienneChris Etienne joined the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors in 2016. Ms. Etienne is an Associate Broker with Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty and Director of Leasing and Community Relations for Bay Harbor Company.

She has had a career in real estate since 2001 and has been in sales for over 25 years, previously as Vice President of Treasury Management Sales for National City Bank.  Chris has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland European Division and an MBA from Lake Superior State University.

 In addition to Chris’ love for the real estate industry, she enjoys her involvement in the community.  She is a founding board member of the Bay Harbor Foundation, member of the Rotary Club of Petoskey, board member and administrator for Northwest Michigan Industrial Association.  She is a past board member of Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce and Hospice of Little Traverse Bay.  Chris was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in 2011 to serve on the Michigan Women’s Commission and was appointed chair in 2016.  Chris received the Athena Award in 2007 and the Emmet Association of Realtors Realtor of the Year award in 2014. 

Chris’ involvement in Rotary began in 1990 and she served as club president in 1997-98.  Chris has served Rotary at the district level in many capacities and was district governor in 2007-2008.  She has also served in leadership roles, as a committee member and as a training leader at the zone and international levels of Rotary International since 2009.  Chris participated in a National Immunization Day for polio eradication in India in 2004 and in Nigeria in 2015.


William Kanine

Photo of Bill KanineWilliam Kanine has been a member of the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors for many years and serves on the finance committee.

Mr. Kanine is a Certified Public Accountant and shareholder of William R. Kanine P.C. Certified Public Accountants located in Petoskey.  Prior to practicing in the Petoskey community, he was an Audit Manager at KPMG Peat Marwick in Lansing/Detroit. Mr. Kanine graduated from Central Michigan University in 1982. 

Mr. Kanine has served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Central Michigan University, a board member and treasurer of Allied EMS Systems, Inc. and the Child Abuse Council for Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.  He has also served on the board of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Finance Council, as treasurer of the Petoskey Football Boosters, as a member and past president of the Little Traverse Bay Kiwanis Club and a member of the Burt Lake Preservation Association.

Bill and his wife Carla have been married for 40 years and reside in Petoskey.  They have two daughters and eight grandchildren.  Carla retired in 2017 from the Public Schools of Petoskey.  They are both members of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.


Melissa Keiswetter

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Since 1999, Melissa Keiswetter has been an active director of the NCMC Foundation, serving on the executive committee, the annual giving committee, and the special events committee.  In 2013, she 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.

Appointed to the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees in July 2015, Ms. 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.

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.


Joan Kleinstiver

Photo of Joan KleinstiverJoan Kleinstiver was elected to two terms as Trustee of North Central Michigan College and served from 1983 to 1994 as secretary of the board and chairman of the newly-formed educational excellence committee. It was during this time she was on a three-member Trustee committee that formed the Foundation of North Central Michigan College and served as its first treasurer. She is the longest-serving member of the Foundation and in 2012 was awarded membership in the Founders Society in recognition of her commitment and dedication to North Central Michigan College. She currently serves on the Foundation Special Events Committee.

Joan's advocacy of community colleges began in her freshman year in college when she attended Bay City Junior College and transferred seamlessly to the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Her first position was in pediatric surgery at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. She was employed by District Health Department Number 3 as a nurse coordinator and later Director of Health Services for Friendship Centers of Emmet County, a position she held for 20 years.

Joan was a Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Leader. As a member of the Petoskey Area Garden Club Joan organized a beautification contest that lead to the planting of trees along the sidewalks of the business district in Petoskey. She served on many committees in the Garden Club and as the President.

Joan is married to retired orthopaedic surgeon, Benjamin Kleinstiver and lives in Petoskey. They have two children and five grandchildren. In her retirement, Joan's passion is painting in watercolors and oils.


Marion Kuebler

Photo of Marion KueblerMarion Kuebler served as a Trustee representative for the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors since 1997. She served on the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees from January 1997 until retiring in 2017.  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 served as president of the Petoskey Kiwanis Club in 2015 as well as club representative for their sponsored Middle School Builders’ Club.

Marion 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’s annual giving committee.

Marion has three children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  She resides in Harbor Springs.


Nancy Lindsay

photo of Chris EtienneNancy Lindsay is new to the Foundation Board of Directors having been appointed in 2017 and currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Ms. Lindsay is the Vice President of Marketing of Citizens National Bank headquartered in Cheboygan County with branch locations in Emmet and Presque Isle counties.

Nancy attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay studying Urban & Public Affairs and Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI studying Graphic Arts and Design.  She is graduate of the Institute for Organization Management-Notre Dame campus and the American Bankers Associations School of Bank Marketing and Management through Emory University.  She also holds the designation of Certified Financial Marketing Professional (CFMP).

Nancy is civic-minded and in addition to serving North Central Michigan College, she also chairs the Michigan Bankers Association Marketing Committee, is chair of Junior Achievement--Tip of the Mitt region, serves on the Little Traverse Conservancy board of directors, and is an advisor of the Cheboygan Area High School Career, Technology & Education committee. She is a local and regional DECA (Distributive Education Club of America) judge as well.

Nancy and her husband Stephen live in Cheboygan while their daughter Annie is married, living in California and earning her Masters of Kinesiology from California State University.


John Marshall, Secretary

Photo of John MarshallJohn Marshall joined the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors in 2016 and serves on the Finance Committee.  He is the owner/President of the Petoskey-based financial planning/investment advisory firm, Crooked Tree Capital Advisors.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

John lives in Petoskey with his wife, Joan, and two sons.  He enjoys and is involved in coaching youth sports.





Gayle Mroczkowski

Photo of Gayle MroczkowskiGayle Mroczkowski joined the North Central Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors in 2017.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee.

Ms. Mroczkowski has lived in the Petoskey community for fourteen years and spends much of her time volunteering for several local organizations.  She currently serves as the President of the Friends of the Petoskey Public Library and is the Vice President of the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. She is a member of the Bay Bluffs Board of Directors and serves on the Advisory Board of the Emmet/Charlevoix Department of Health and Human Services.

Gayle is a graduate of both Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University and spent her career in both nonprofit management and hospital administration. She lives in Resort Township and enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and interacting with her cats and dogs.


Irma K. Noël, Chair

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Irma Noël has been a member of the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors since October 2002. She also serves as secretary 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 enjoys being part of the Petoskey community and spends her time volunteering for several local organizations, including the Little Traverse Historical Society, where she was a member of the board of directors. 

Irma 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.


Stan Smith, M.D.

photo of Stan SmithDr. Stan Smith has been a member of the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors since 2008. He serves on the special events committee. Dr. Smith and his wife, Marilynn, served as co-chairs of The Healthy Investment capital campaign for North Central Michigan College’s Health Education and Science Center in 2012.

There are 13 "doctors" in Stan’s family (11 are veterinarians). His grandfather Smith's title was Professor; his dad was a college professor (Colorado State University, Veterinary); his brother is a medical doctor, and was director of Pathology and Laboratories at Indiana University.

Stan is a medical doctor (University of Iowa '66), president of his medical fraternity, president of his intern class (Hurley Medical Center, Flint), physician for the Naval War College at Newport, RI, residency in Radiology at University of Vermont, board certified Radiologist on staff at McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital 1972-2014 (director 3 yrs.), prior member of Board of Directors of Michigan Radiological Society, and current president of the Northern Michigan Medical Society. He is a member of the Rotary Sunrise Petoskey, member of the Homeowners Board of Crooked Tree, member of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, volunteer for the American Junior Golfers Association, volunteer host to the National Ski Association at Boyne Highlands.

His wife Marilynn is a certified mycologist who offers workshops through North Central’s Corporate and Community Education department every fall. They reside in Petoskey.