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2017 Elected Officers & Directors

Jim Mahoney (‘00) Chair – President / Owner of Linked Technologies Inc.


Jen Lee (‘15) Vice Chair – Midland has always been Jen Lee’s home. She has been with Three Rivers Corporation since 2013 and is currently working as the Marketing Coordinator. Jen received her Bachelors in Marketing and Management with a minor in Economics from Northwood University. Jen is a firm believer in giving back to her community through volunteering. She is involved in Associated Builders and Contractors at the local and state level, MyPros Committee, part of the United Way Communications Committee, sits on the Young Leaders United Executive Council as Chair, and is on the Leadership Midland Alumni Association Board as Vice Chair. She currently resides in Midland with her husband Trey and two sons.


Amy Gilstad (‘16) Secretary – Works at Three Rivers Corporation


Nicki Smith (‘11) Past Chair – Holds a B.A. Alma College, a Post- Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Management and Leadership of Non-Profit Agencies from Capella University, a Non-Profit “Best Practices” Certificate from SVSU, and is currently completing a M.A. in Human Services, with a concentration in Executive Leadership. Nicki currently serves as the Midland Santa Holiday Parade-Chair/ Director and a Michigan National Children’s Alliance Board member. She also serves on The Salvation Army Corps Council, the Midland County Human Trafficking work group, the Midland County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council, and is a Leadership Midland 2011 graduate. Nicki is a life-long resident of Midland County, she and her husband, Steve, have three children: Madison, Hunter, and Cassidy.


Steve Hill (‘14) Treasurer – A native of Midland where he spent all of his adolescent years and most of his adult life.   After graduating from H.H Dow High School in 1993, Steve left Midland to attend the University of Florida and received a bachelor’s of science degree in 1998.  Upon graduating, he returned to Michigan and started his career in the Metro Detroit area where he met and married his wife of 13 years, Stacey Hill.  They decided to return to Midland when Stacey was offered a teaching position with Midland Public Schools.  She is a 5th grade teacher at Woodcrest Elementary and they have one son, Caden.  Steve is a Portfolio Manager at Chemical Bank in the Wealth Management Department where he manages $175 million in investment assets for Foundations, Corporations and Private Clients.


Melissa Eigner (‘12) director – Currently works for the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce as a Program Specialist. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations from MSU in 2009. Melissa also serves on the Midland County Habitat for Humanity Fund Development Committee as the Chair and volunteers with several local organizations. Melissa lives in Midland with her Fiance, Justin and her dog, Torrey.


Wendy Warner (’13) Director – Attended Coleman High School and then graduated from Central Michigan University in 2003.  Wendy earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  During college she worked as a pharmacy technician and coached high school volleyball.  Post college she was employed by Ambulatory Infusion Care, where she was a Sales and Marketing Specialist, and then Roche Diagnostics, where she did medical device sales.  All but 3 years of her life she has lived right here in Midland County.

Currently, Wendy is in sales for Mayberry Homes, a local builder here in Midland.  She works very closely with realtors, appraisers, and lenders in the community.  While in this role she has become very active with Midland Board of Realtors, Midland Home Builders Association and Chamber of Commerce.  She volunteers her time to the Holiday Wishes Gala and the One Roof Rally event for Midland Area Homes.  In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with her family and friends.


Kevin Spencer (’12) Director – Financial advisor at Edward Jones Investment.


Peter Baiardi (‘15) Director – Realtor at Ayre/Rhinehart


Bob Brentin (‘98) Director


Patrick Schefsky (‘16) Director


Rachelle Kell (‘10) Director


Jenni Bush (‘16) Director


Cathleen Louisignau (‘13) Director



Steering Committee Members:

2017 Leadership Midland Steering Committee, chaired by Millie Jezior, MidMichigan Health

Todd Beals
Midland Country Club

Joel Beeck
Hunting Bank

Jenn Brick
Isabella Bank

Dexter Brigham
Midland Center for the Arts

Jenni Bush

Nick Cain
Cumulus Media

Jennifer Chappel
Midland County Habitat for Humanity

Andrew Chubb
Saginaw Valley State University

Jill Dougherty
Great Lakes Safety Training Center

Reid Duford
City of Midland

Erick Forshee
Fisher Sand & Gravel

Dave Gray
Express Mart Food Stores, LLC

Caleb Guthrie
United Way of Midland County

Natalie Herber
Ieuter Insurance Group

Eltaro Hooper
Saginaw Valley State University

Kevin Heye
Greater Midland Community Center

Brad Kaye
City of Midland

Kristi Kaye
Midland Hypnotherapy

Jerry Ladwig
75th District Court

Scott MacNellis
LaLonde Foods

Bob Rider
Rider Type & Design

Madhu Rishi
Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists

Michael Rodgers
Chemical Bank

Bridget Sadenwater
ABC – Greater Michigan

Emily Schafer
Midland Area Community Foundation

Mike Sullivan
Northwood University

Diane Middleton

Leadership Midland Alumni Association:

The Leadership Midland Alumni Association (LMAA) is an active group of Leadership Midland graduates that want to continue to grow their network while being involved in the community. Their core initiatives include planning for future Leadership Midland programs; offering networking opportunities for members; communication through newsletters, an alumni directory, and e-mail alerts; and projects that contribute to the well-being of the community.

The Leadership Midland steering committee is comprised of LMAA members, and plans the annual program, contributing a large amount of time over the course of the year and especially during the actual three day program.

Join LMAA Today! Any questions/concerns, please email leadershipmidland@gmail.com. Again, we really appreciate you being a member of this great organization!

Need to get in touch with an LMAA member? You can find contact information for the 2017 Board of Directors, click here [link to the alumni directory page].

If you are interested in reading the Board of Directors’ minutes, please contact 2017 LMAA Chairperson, Jim Mahoney.

Leadership Midland Information:

Leadership Midland is a community leadership development program that provides exposure and insight to people who will occupy leadership positions within our community. It is a consortium of ideas, training and backgrounds. A number of speakers and presenters share their expertise and skills with class members who are participating in the three-day program.

The future of any community is directly related to the talent, dedication and resourcefulness of the people who call that community home. A program of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Midland works to develop and enhance leadership skills, inform leaders about the opportunities and challenges facing our community, inspire leaders to encourage salutations and collaborations to make Midland County a better place to work and live, and provide a dynamic network of individuals to strengthen personal and organizational influence. Individuals and their sponsoring organizations gain a better sense of leadership potential and enhanced leadership skills, a broader understanding of community issues so that they can stay more actively engaged, and a diverse, growing network of alumni and resources.

Leadership Midland began in 1986 and was initially sponsored by the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce, Midland Daily News, Midland Rotary Club, and Northwood Institute. To date, nearly 900 people have completed the program. The program is open to adults who expect to serve in leadership positions for the community. The Steering Committee, comprised of Leadership Midland alumni, begins their work in January to identify topics and presenters for the fall program. Class members are selected each spring and spend the summer months preparing for the participation in the program.

For information on Leadership Midland, contact Diane Middleton at the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce at 989.839.9522, ext. 204.

Presidential Level Sponsors for Leadership Midland 2016: Leadership Midland Alumni Association, Greater Midland Community Center, Midland Daily News, MidMichigan Health, Northwood University, Rider Type and Design, and Three Rivers Corporation.


Alumni directory
Maintain class liaison for each class
Maintain alumni contact information
E-mail activity alerts to members
Maintain alumni website and Facebook page


Promote LMAA class projects
Promote LMAA member’s non-profit causes
Class award program
Affiliate Activities

Leadership Midland Program – Alumni help recruit participants and attend games night