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. 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.
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 the Treasurer of Crystal Lake Township and a bookkeeper for Trinity Lutheran Church. Included in Trentham’s many interests are the out of doors, vegetable and flower gardening, DIY projects and travel.