Board of Trustees

Donald J. Perigo

Donald J. Perigo

Chair, Board of Trustees

Don was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2005 for a six-year term and reelected for another six-year term ending in 2016. He retired from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2000, and moved to the U.P. in 2003. Don is currently the Supervisor of Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County.

During his 30-year career at UM he served as Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Student Information Services, Director of Michigan Consultation and Conciliation Services and The University of Michigan Ombudsman. His areas of expertise are research and training, team building, policy development and conflict management.

Don was a member and officer of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, Board Member of the Ann Arbor Homecare and Hospice, Board Member and President of the University Club and served as the President of the University and College Ombudsman Association. He holds a BS from Western Michigan University and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.

Don Bedwell

Don Bedwell

Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees

Don was elected to the Board of Trustees in August 2008. He retired from the Muskegon Heights Police Department as a Lieutenant after 25 years. While serving the police department, he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart awards. Don also served in the United States Army as active duty and in the reserves.

After retiring from the Police Department, Don was COO of two travel plazas in the Battle Creek area for nine years. He attended and graduated from the Methodist Theological School of Ohio. From there he served as pastor of the Salisbury United Methodist Church and has been Pastor of the Manistique First United Methodist church since 2004.

Clyde Strasler

Clyde Strasler

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Clyde was elected to the Board of Trustees in June 1990. He retired as President and CEO of The State Savings Bank of Manistique. Clyde served as Trustee of Michigan Bankers Association; Treasurer of Michigan Community Bankers Association; Chairman of Upper Peninsula Bankers Association and as a member of the Advisory Board at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. He attended the University of Michigan and was a graduate from the School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin.

Clyde is involved in several community organizations including; Schoolcraft Building Authority, Manistique Planning Commission, VW Post 4420, Elks Lodge 632, Masonic Lodge 371 and the Shrine and Rotary Club.

Marcia TeVelde

Marcia TeVelde

Secretary, Board of Trustees

Marcia was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2013. She is the founder of Northern Comfort Specialized Care, Inc., the Upper Peninsula’s first traumatic brain injury residential facility. As a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, her passion was to provide a facility offering care and rehabilitation within a reasonable commuting distance. She has 15 years of case management experience working with individuals involved in automobile accidents or worker’s compensation claims and over 10 years of vocational counseling experience in the public sector where she co-authored the book, “Opening the Doors of Your Success” and developed the curriculum for the initial phases of the “School-to-Work” initiative.

Marcia also fulfills the role of Case Manager in both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan and has served as the Education Coordinator for the United Way and Literacy Council of Clare and Gladwin Counties in Lower Michigan. She is currently affiliated with the Case Management Society of America (CMSA), Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), Brain Injury Association of Michigan (BIAMI), Coalition to Protect Auto No-Fault (CPAN), and has served on the City of Manistique Zoning Board of Appeals.

Richard Hueter

Richard G. Hueter

Board of Trustees

Dick was appointed to the Board of Trustees in January 2009. He was a missionary for the American Lutheran Church Foreign Missions in Papua New Guinea (1960-79), where he served as Chair of the Lutheran School of Nursing Board and was a member of the Lutheran Medical Board. He retired in 2003 but is currently the Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Shingleton, MI. He was a member of the Schoolcraft County Citizens Corp which helped form CERT and MRC. He is a Firefighter and Ambulance driver for the Inwood Fire Department; Marriage Counselor; Administrator and Interpreter of the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis.

Dick has a BA from Capital University, Columbus, OH; Master of Divinity from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, IA; Master of Arts, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA; Linguistics (Wycliffe Bible Translators) University of Oklahoma; and Continuing Education Seminars on Alcohol and Drug Addiction, age related Dementias, etc., from U.W.  Madison.

Ernie Krueger

Ernie Krueger

Board of Trustees

Ernie was elected to the Board of Trustees in July 2013. He has over 35 years of professional experience in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory matters, tax planning, investor and shareholder relations, and capital planning. He has strong analytical skills, innovative modeling techniques and sound financial theory in job performance. Currently Ernie serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of mBank and its holding company, Mackinac Financial Corporation and is Chair of ALCO Committee and member of the Executive and Loan Committee.

Ernie served in the United States Army as a Personnel Sergeant.  He holds a BBA and MBA from UW-Oshkosh and is a member of both the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Public Accountants.

Georganne Verigan

Georganne R. Verigan

Board of Trustees

Georganne was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2015. She is a licensed acupuncturist and has been operating a private practice in Manistique, Michigan, since 2007.  She is nationally certified by NCCAOM and holds acupuncture licenses in Michigan, Wisconsin and New Hampshire. She is an approved Non-VA Care provider for veterans living in and around the Upper Peninsula.  In her practice, Georganne treats a variety of conditions to improve the quality of life. Prior to completing her residency at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Hallandale, Florida, Georganne held faculty positions at both McIntosh College and Northeastern Institute of Whole Health in New Hampshire teaching Complementary Medicine therapies.

Georganne supports a compassionate healing-oriented approach to healthcare, which includes the care of the body, mind and spirit through all stages of life.   As the Director of an international martial arts organization, in 1990 Georganne founded the annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament, a fund raising effort to support hospice. KFC is the longest running charity event in the state of New Hampshire.  As founder, she returns each year to host the event. Georganne holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, a Masters in Educational Administration and a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture.

Harmes, James

James B. Harmes

Jim Harmes was elected to the Board of Trustees in December of 2014 for a 1 year term. He retired from the Grand Blanc Fire Department, located just outside Flint Michigan, after 25 and ½ years of service in June of 2014. He moved to Manistique immediately after retiring. He served 34 and ½ years as a Fire Chief in 3 departments in Michigan. He also taught school for 10 years mainly in the Summerfield School District in Petersburg, Michigan.

During his long fire career, Jim was very active in numerous Fire Chief Organizations. He was elected to President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2006-2007. This organization serves Fire Chiefs all over the world. He traveled extensively representing this organization. He also served as President of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.

Jim earned both his BA and MA from Siena Heights University.   He holds his Executive Fire Officers Certification from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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Jennifer Watson

Jennifer was elected to the Board of Trustees in January 2016.  Jennifer Watson is the CEO of Limestone Federal Credit Union (LFCU) located along the Upper Peninsula’s beautiful northern shores in Manistique, Michigan.

Watson has put together an extraordinary team at LFCU where together, they have achieved tremendous growth in both membership and asset size over the last few years. This feat did not go unnoticed as the MCUL named Watson and her Limestone team the 2015 Outstanding Credit Union of the Year for Assets under $50 million.

Joining LFCU in April of 2003, Watson brought with her ample experience. Having worked her way through the ranks, she began her career in the Credit Union industry working for Chippewa County Credit Union where she held various positions in accounting, lending, collections, and management then went on to become the CEO of Federal Employees of Chippewa County Credit Union before joining Limestone.

Watson is a 1996 graduate of Cuna Management School. She and her family reside in Manistique, Michigan.