Foundation Board of Directors
Chris Etienne, Chair
James C. Schroeder, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Max Bunker, Treasurer
John Marshall, Secretary
Emily Brown, D.C.
David Roland Finley, Ph.D.
Stan Smith, M.D.
Chris Etienne, Chair
Chris 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.
James C. Schroeder, Ph.D., Vice Chair
The North Central Michigan College Foundation recently welcomed Dr. James C. Schroeder (Jim) to the foundation Board of Directors. Jim brings to the table years of service in leadership roles in higher education and health care, specifically the areas of fundraising, development and advancement. The institutions he has served include the University of Illinois, The Ohio State University, the Harvard University Business School, and the Mayo Foundation.
Dr. Schroeder received his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (1972); M.A. in Political Science, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (1969) and a B.A. Political Science, History, Miami University, Oxford, OH (1966).
He actively retired in 2012 and moved to Petoskey, where he and his wife, Kathy, have had a cottage in Bay View for many years. They have a blended family, with four children and seven grandchildren clustered in the Midwest and in California. He currently takes on professional consulting engagements and is involved with a number of local nonprofit organizations, serving on boards and informally advising on financial and fundraising matters.
Max Bunker, Treasurer
Max 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.
John Marshall, Secretary
John 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.
Richard Ames has been a member of the North Central Michigan College Foundation Board of Directors since 2010. Mr. Ames graduated from Depauw University, with a major in math and minor in physics & economics. From there, he attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology receiving a post graduate degree from the School of Industrial Administration. Richard worked for the Ford Motor Company in various financial and general management positions from 1962-1984. He then transitioned into the CFO and COO roles for Union Pacific Railroad from 1984-1991. Towards the end of his career, Richard worked for the U.S. Federal Government. For two years he served as CFO and CAO for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and concluded his career with a three year stint as CFO for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Federal Courts.
Richard has been an active member of the community wherever he has been. Serving on several boards in the Detroit, MI and Omaha, NB areas. Retiring to Northern Michigan did not slow him down. In addition to his work with the NCMC Foundation, he has been involved with the Birchwood community, the Emmet County Lakeshore Association and Kiwanis.
Richard and his wife Marcia first came to the area in the early 1970’s and eventually settled on a cottage in Good Hart during his working years. After retirement, Richard and his wife took up residence in Birchwood during the winter months and while continuing to enjoy Good Hart during the summer months. They are now enjoying all that Norther Michigan has to offer.
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.
Emily Brown, D.C.
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.
David Roland Finley, Ph.D.
Dr. David Roland Finley was named president of North Central Michigan College in 2018. Previously, Dr. Finley served over two years as the provost and vice president for academic affairs (interim) at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, where he also served as dean of the of the College of Business and Engineering from 2012 to 2018. Prior to his work at LSSU, Dr. Finley was vice president of academic affairs at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.
Although he began his career as an environmental consultant, Dr. Finley found his niche in academia. He is driven by a passion that education — and access to education — are the great equalizers, and he is an ardent advocate for campus-wide diversity and cross-cultural experiences.
Dr. Finley received a bachelor's degree in atmospheric and oceanic science and a master's degree in atmospheric science, both from University of Michigan. He also holds a master's degree and doctoral degree in chemical engineering, both from Wayne State University.
Dr. Finley is a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honorary.
William 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.
Marion 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.
Chris Morley joined the NCMC Foundation Board of Directors in the fall of 2018. Mr. Morley has lived and worked in Petoskey since 1997. Chris works for American Home Technology as a salesman and the buyer. The company specializes in audio/video distribution, lighting, HVAC control, motorized and manual shades and wireless networks.
Chris has served on the Crooked Tree Arts Center Board of Directors for six years and five years as the Visual Arts Committee Chairman. Chris is currently on the Board of Directors for the Charlevoix Circle of Arts and is Chairman of the Exhibitions committee.
Chris has served on the Board of Trustees for the Morley Family Foundation in Saginaw, MI for 24 years, and serves as their Governance Chairman. He is also the President of the Schroeder Foundation in Roscommon, MI.
Chris is a graduate of Northwood University and has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a dual major in management and marketing. He and his wife Liisa enjoy boating, golfing, skiing and hiking all around Northern Michigan.
Gayle 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.
Dan Rasmussen was appointed to North Central’s Board of Trustees in September 2017. He serves on the Bylaws & Policy Committee, Finance & Facilities, and the Foundation Committee.
Mr. Rasmussen is a Principal and Managing Partner of Rasmussen, Teller, O’Neil & Christman, P.C., in Petoskey. He has been a member of the firm for more than 20 years and has more than 26 years of experience in public accounting.
Mr. Rasmussen graduated with honors from Michigan State University, where he received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Professional Accounting with an emphasis in taxation. His bachelor’s degree is in accounting, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Rasmussen’s service to the community is extensive. He is a founding member and a past President of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Petoskey, former Treasurer of the Petoskey Education Foundation, and he spent a decade managing baseball teams within the Petoskey Little League. He has also been active as a past Committee Chair for the SFX Troop 7 Boy Scouts and as the Treasurer of the Top of the State Michigan State University Alumni Club.
Dan and his wife live in Petoskey and have three sons.
Stan Smith, M.D.
Dr. 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.