The members of the Board of Directors of Benzie County Community Chest serve because they care about the welfare of the people of the county. If you would like to consider membership on the board, call Benzie County Community Chest for an application.
Nancy Coalter, President, has been involved with the Benzie County Community Chest since 2007. “I enjoy working with my fellow Community Chest board members because they are dedicated people who have a desire to spend their time and talents to help others,” Nancy said. “People should know that our administrative fees are virtually non-existent and also how very generous the people of Benzie County are in making contributions to Community Chest so we can help our human service agencies help the people of the county. Life-changing situations may occur at any time in a person’s lifetime and it’s a good feeling to know just how many lives we have touched.” A graduate of the Robert Perry School of Banking, Nancy has over 30 years of banking experience and she is the vice president and a branch officer of Honor Bank. Nancy is very active and interested in community service. She is former treasurer and a member of the Bear Lake Promoters and she has been an ambassador of the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer at the Manistee County Fair. She has three children and three grandchildren.
Bill Dundon grew up in Kalamazoo and Paw Paw. He served three years in the Army and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1972. He lived in Benzie County from 1972 to 1983 where he became a Certified Public Accountant and worked at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital. During that time, he was a member of the Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club, First Congregational Church, and the Benzie Area Historical Society. He served as an officer or director for each of these organizations and served several years as the Benzie County representative on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Michigan Human Services Agency, in Traverse City. In 1983, he moved to Kalamazoo and worked in financial management for several not-for-profit or governmental organizations. He retired in February, of 2009, as Director of Finance and Administrative Services, for Kalamazoo County, after 21 years of service. Cheri, his wife, retired April 30, 2009 and they sold their home in Kalamazoo and established permanent residence in Benzie County. Upon his return to Benzie County, Bill renewed his membership in the Crystal Lake Kiwanis Club. Bill and Cheri volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County and BACN. In their spare time, they like to work on their house, especially landscaping, and travel.
Thor Goff enjoys serving on the Community Chest board of directors because he believes the organization helps many people with many problems. “The public needs to know that Community Chest distributes the money that is donated to a broad spectrum of dedicated agencies and that one donation helps many people, in Benzie County,” he says. Thor lived most of his life in Midland and was a weekend and summer resident of Benzie County for 25 years before he became a permanent resident ten years ago. Thor attended Central Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. After serving eight years at Chevrolet as an engineer and equipment buyer, he founded Whitney Sales, a sales and engineering company, and co-founded Euclid Industries, a manufacturing company with three locations in Michigan. In addition to serving on the Community Chest board, he also volunteers for Beulah’s Darcy Library, the Bay County DDA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. He also enjoys fishing, gardening and working on cars.
Sheila Browning, Secretary, has been involved in the work of the Benzie County Community Chest since 2001. Her career in banking began in 1973 and she is currently assistance vice president at the Central State Bank. Sheila’s involvement in community service includes volunteering for several non-profit agencies, among them the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as an ambassador for nearly 10 years and also for other programs that provided support for residents in the Manistee community where she was born. Sheila also assisted in United Way campaigns by helping collect donations. Her compassion for others continues to shine as she gathers with others over the holiday seasons to serve warm dinners to the homeless, the hungry and isolated. In her leisure Sheila enjoys reading, gardening, continued education, and fitness activities.
Steve Stephens, a new member to the team, has a long history of volunteer activities. He has been active on behalf of the Boy Scouts, the American Heart Association, Crimestoppers and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). He is a volunteer with Beulah Boosters and a member of the Village of Beulah Planning Commission. Steve recently completed the course work with Michigan State University Extension Service toward qualifying as a Master Gardener and hopes to complete his certification process within the next couple of months."
Brooke Trentham Popp, Executive Director and Treasurer, moved to Benzie County in 1996. After living in many areas of Michigan, she now calls Frankfort, her home. Trentham has experience in various positions of the public sector of accounting. She currently enjoys working in the non-profit and governmental fields. Trentham is also the treasurer of Crystal Lake Township. She is a bookkeeper at Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, Trinity Lutheran Church and the Frankfort Congregational Church, both of Frankfort. She is also the assistant treasurer and a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Benzie County. Included in Trentham’s many interests are the out-of doors, vegetable and flower gardening, DIY projects and travel.
Doug Henry, a retired consultant and Regional Vice President of a large Health Care Management Group, which is known for superior expertise and knowledge in the industry and has successfully, transitioned more than 300 senior care facilities from financial and clinical crisis to well-operated and maintained facilities. Doug continues his mission as a BCCC board member. His extensive career began in Decatur, Ill., and covers many job titles in social services as an Executive Director and Administrator, Emergency Medical Technician and Instructor but also includes Mayor.
Doug pursues many creative outlets in his spare time, especially photography.