Family Promise of Genesee County is grateful to have such a dedicated, volunteer Board of Directors. Several of the current Board members were involved in building Family Promise of Genesee County. The work to bring an affiliate to Genesee County began in 2011. Diana Snider and Susan Pollard were all founding board members and continue their commitment to the Network's growth, by continuing to serve on the Board of Directors. We are thankful to our Board members ending their terms of service including Kris Burns and Reba Walling. Both women were critical in building Family Promise of Genesee County. Reba Walling, generously, will continue her relationship with Family Promise of Genesee County as a co-coordinator for Court Street United Methodist Church, a host church.
She graduated from St. Clair County Community College with an associate degree in nursing. Her work experience includes ER, Pediatrics and Pediatric ICU. She is currently the office manager at a pediatrician’s office. Her volunteer experience is extensive. She has served in leadership roles at her church, chairing many different committees as well as implementing the nursery attendant guidelines, hiring staff and setting policy. Mrs. Vobach is also active within the local school district in a leadership role, serving with the athletic boosters and the PTOs of several schools as president and vice president at different times. Her service to the community includes work with Girl Scouts and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. Her leadership experience, organizational skills and attention to detail enable her to effectively lead the Family Promise board of directors in all areas of service.
He graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is a CPA. He is currently employed as the Chief Financial Officer of the State Bank in Fenton, MI. Mr. Distelrath is a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and serves on the Finance Council there as well as teaching religious education. His financial expertise is valuable to fulfilling our mission to assist transitionally homeless people and keep families together during a difficult time.
He holds a BSBA degree in Accounting from Central Michigan University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mike is a manager at Yeo & Yeo, P.C., CPAs and Business Consultants out of the Flint office and specializes in audits of nonprofit organizations, school districts, and employee benefit plans. He is a member of several niche teams at the firm, who are regarded as industry experts and have several duties such as presenting at internal and external training sessions, business development, and development of internal proprietary materials. His experience with organizational auditing and the nonprofit industry brings several skills to the organization, including budgeting, accounting, financial statements, policy making, information returns (Form 990), compliance and best business practices.
She is an attorney and president of Regent Law, PC, specializing in family law. She received her BA from Kalamazoo College and her JD from Wayne State University. She serves on several other boards at this time, including the ELCA SEMI Synod Council, Mott Park Golf Course Association and BNI- Network Connections. Her board experience, as well as legal knowledge and skill will be an asset to the board and the families we serve.
She holds two associates degrees from Mott Community College; in accounting and data processing. She has owned her own Accounting/Bookkeeping business for 22 years and currently maintains the accounting books for a small family business. She also volunteers at her church food pantry; adopt a family program, and senior food box program. She is a 20-year volunteer with Leader Dogs for the Blind, as well as a gerontology volunteer, leading social activities and exercise classes. She was president of her UMW circle for 6 years. Mrs. Snider has been a very enthusiastic and effective booster of our organization and continues to use her community contacts to help the mission grow and succeed to its fullest potential.
Father David Courter
Fr. Courter is a retired Orthodox Catholic parish priest with the Apostolic Catholic Church in North America. He is currently a full-time student at the University of Michigan – Flint pursuing a degree in Social Work. Fr. Courter believes his newest calling to be social justice in Genesee County beginning with situational homelessness. While he and his family may be new to Michigan, he is not new to Family Promise. In the early 2000’s, as a parish priest in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Fr. Courter was instrumental in establishing an affiliate there, then called The Interfaith Hospitality Network. Fr. Courter has sat on many boards throughout his career addressing such issues as family advocacy, domestic violence, youth substance abuse prevention, city transportation, Housing and Urban Development block grant allocation, and was past president of the Cheyenne Ministerial Association. He has also been Executive Director of a non-profit which specialized in information, referral and advocacy for families in crisis. Fr. Courter enthusiastically brings a myriad of experience with his own spirit of compassion to the continued development of the organization and its mission.
She is a school social worker with the Flint Community Schools. She holds a clinical license in social work, as well as certification in school social work and CPI crisis training. She has experience serving on the board of directors of the Flint Children’s Museum and the Weiss Advocacy Center. She was recognized as U of M Flint’s Social Worker of the Year in 2012 and as a licensed master social worker, she brings expertise and networking strengths to our board as well as nonprofit and management experience.
Mr. Keeler retired in 2005 from the civil service as the Director of Internal Audit for the Michigan National Guard, and was a Certified Government Audit Professional (CGAP). He was responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and reviewing performance and financial audits for the Michigan Army and Air National Guard. As a Chief Warrant Officer Five in the National Guard, he served in a variety of personnel and administrative positions in nearly 39 years of service. Mr. Keeler has also served in a variety of adult leadership positions in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for 14 years. In addition, he is currently an Elder at Flushing Presbyterian Church and serves on the Spiritual Growth and Personnel Teams. He also leads an adult Sunday school Bible study. Previously he served on the Presbytery of Lake Huron’s Committee on Ministry. His experience with performance and financial audits will be very helpful to our organization in evaluating the work of our staff and board and in maintaining compliance with financial standards.
She has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UM-Flint and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. She is a retired teacher from the Flint Community Schools, and spent the last 5 years of her career as a Title 1 Literacy teacher. This experience makes her familiar with the McKinney Vento Act, designed to provide educational support to homeless children. Ms. Pollard now works as a weekly volunteer in several elementary classrooms, teaches Sunday school at her church, and volunteers weekly at the Family Promise Day Center. Her organizational and people skills are an asset to the affiliate.
She is a lifelong Lutheran, has served on several church councils, and committees as well as having been a paid staff member of her current church. She is a part of the Family Promise mission to not only help homeless children and families, but also to make a positive impact and improve the larger community in which she lives. Mrs. Traynor actively uses her people skills and networking ability to further the development of the organization.
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