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Our Leadership

The board and officers of the Cheboygan County Community Foundation, Inc. are all private sector non-paid volunteers who bring their talent, energy, and knowledge to the mission of the organization.

David R Butts, CFP, CMFC

President

David attended the Graduate School of Business at Saginaw Valley State University before enrolling in the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado. He is a registered Principal with LPL Financial, LLC (Member SIPC/FINRA) and has over 36 years of experience in the financial planning business. Mr. Butts is listed in the “Guide to America’s Best Financial Planners” published by the Consumers’ Research Council of America based in Washington DC.

Dave served on the Saginaw Community Foundation Board and Executive Committee for over 25 years and on United Way of Saginaw County Board and Executive Committee for 15 years where he was Chairman of both organizations’ Distribution Committees. Dave is also on the YMCA of the USA National Committee for Regional Membership Standards which oversees all YMCAs in the Midwest.

As a former small-business owner employing over 90 professionals, Dave has learned how to work for profit making companies as well as non-profits. He is happy to return to Cheboygan and Northern Michigan where his family is from and where he is a proud member of the Mackinac Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians.

Dave is a Managing Principal with LPL Financial, the largest independent broker dealer in the nation. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He is also the past President and Charter Member of the N.E. Michigan International Association for Financial Planning chapter and was instrumental in its formation. Additionally he served as a director of the Michigan Society of the Institute of Certified Financial Planners.

Dave believes it is important for everyone to give back to their community and is dedicated to helping Cheboygan County communities prosper and grow.

Dave and his wife Brenda reside on Lake Huron.

Jamie Huber

Treasurer

Mr. Jamie Huber is the Superintendent of the Cheboygan Otsego Presque Isle Educational Service District, providing leadership and support for all school districts and students across a three county region.

Jamie also serves as a board member for the Cheboygan Area Hockey Association, a position he has held for the past 5 years and Co-Chair of the Financial Review Committee. Jamie received his Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Valley University and his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Michigan University.

Noreen Keating

Vice President

Noreen Keating is a business leader with numerous accomplishments under her belt. She graduated from University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. She also completed Non Profit Management Training at Harvard Business School.

Noreen has used her education to the benefit of many residents of Michigan to create and implement Lighthouse Emergency Services in Clarkston, Lighthouse PATH and Montessori childcare, the Oakland County community housing development program Lighthouse Community Development, fundraising for the Kresge Van Dusen Endowment ($1.1 million), Keepers of Hope Program & Endowment Campaign ($6.7 million) and over $1 million for The Noreen Keating Endowment for Lighthouse of Oakland County. She also raised funds for the construction of the Operations Building of The Robert and Mary Flint Campus of Caring.

Her work as a consultant to both non- and for-profit business and prior as CEO/President of Lighthouse of Oakland County, Inc., garnered her numerous awards in recognition of her dedication. These awards include: Circle of Hope Award – CareHouse of Oakland County, University of Detroit Mercy Hall of Honor, Oakland Schools Housing Advocate Award, Community Leader Award – Bloomfield Hills Rotary Club, Detroit’s Enterprising Women – Detroit Historical Society, Michiganian of the Year – Detroit Newspaper Agency, Crain’s Detroit Business Best Managed Nonprofit Award, Athena Award – Oakland County Chamber of Commerce, Executive of the Year/Program of the Year Award – United Way Community Services and as a group with other Lighthouse volunteers, the 376th Point of Light Award from President Bush.

Noreen also spends time serving the following boards: CareHouse of Oakland County Board, Chair of Dean’s Council for the UDM School of Liberal Arts and Education, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital Board of Trustees, Building Industry Association Foundation, Leadership Oakland Health & Human Services Committee.

She and her husband Terrance live in Auburn Hills and Cheboygan and have 2 sons and 1 grandchild. In her downtime Noreen enjoys gardening, travel and reading.

Charles “Chuck” Baase

Chuck joined the CCCF Board this summer and we are delighted to welcome him. After a career in Education and Law Enforcement, he and his wife Cathy moved to Cheboygan 20 years ago. Chuck is dedicated to improving his community and the Foundation fits right into that lofty goal.

Richard B. (Dick) Sanford

President Emeritus

Dick is a semi-retired entrepreneur, author, and strategic planning coach who in addition donates his time and skills in assisting non-profit and charitable organizations achieve their dreams and goals.

Sanford’s business career includes the organization of many successful enterprises, notably the IBA Health and Life Assurance Company, of which he was the founder and CEO. Dick is also the founder and Honorary Chairman of the Small Business Association of Michigan. He is past Chairman of the Cheboygan Economic Development Group.

Dick is a graduate of Madison University with post graduate honors in business from North Eastern University and The American College. He has lived at Mullett Lake since the early 1980s with wife Cay. They call Cheboygan County their home of choice.

One of Dick’s personal values is “Leave the community you live, work, and play in, better then you found it!”

James Conboy

Director Emeritus

James retired as CEO of Citizens National Bank in 2007, where he also served as a director for 29 years. Prior to joining the bank as an employee in 1998 he practiced law having been admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1972. Jim received his law degree from Wayne State University and his undergraduate degree i from Oakland University. Jim served on the Alma College Board for 12 years before becoming a trustee emeritus. Jim is a past chairman of the Michigan Bankers Association

His local activities include past membership on the Cheboygan School Board, the Cheboygan County EDC, NLEA board and present membership on the City of Cheboygan’s Blight Committee. Jim is a board member of the Top of Michigan Trails Council and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.

Matthew E. Keene

Matthew E. Keene is the president & CEO of Citizens National Bank. Mr. Keene has been in business development and the banking industry in northern Michigan for 25 years. He attended Central Michigan University earning a Bachelor’s degree and earned his Masters of Business from Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the American Bankers Association Graduate School of Banking in Madison, Wisconsin.

Matthew resides in Emmet County with his wife Lisa, an elementary art teacher in Petoskey, and their children Ayla and Crew. Keene stated, “My family loves living in northern Michigan, a place that I have called home for over 20 years. We are a civic-minded family participating in the many events and organizations in the region.”

As president of a community bank, and a former commercial lender, Mr. Keene understands the needs of start-up and young businesses and is excited to work with the Cheboygan County Community Foundation and local partners to help ensure the economic success of Cheboygan.

Patricia Gildner

Secretary

Patricia Gildner is a Cheboygan native and was a Cheboygan Middle School Teacher for 18 years. Prior to that she was United Way Director for Cheboygan County for 5 years and small business owner. Her love of volunteering is shown by serving on several community organizations Boards over the years including Ottawa Art Park, Cheboygan Economic Development Group, Main Street Steering Committee, Main Street Decor Committee, Co-Chair of Art Vision Plan Cheboygan, Chamber Ambassador, Women’s Resource Center, and Cheboygan County Community Foundation. All these experiences gives her a broad view and knowledge of Cheboygan economic needs and its residents. Patricia is currently Chair of Art Vision Team and is committed to beautifying our great town with interesting and exciting public art.

Scott Susalla

Scott Susalla’s love of cars—auto racing in particular—has been a driving force in his career. But instead of setting records on the track, the way his father Paul did in the1960s, Scott has become a leader in the automotive advertising world.
Scott graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and an Associate Degree in Commercial Art.

Scott prides himself on inspired thinking, informed decision making and flawless
execution. He has helped to deliver integrated branded marketing and advertising solutions that maximize the potential of new technologies and Social Media for his clients. Not surprisingly, Scott has led his teams in a number of “firsts”. In January 2019 he started his own Brand Marketing company and helped launch The Torque Show during the 50th IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at the Rolex 24. In 1993, he launched the Ford SVT Mustang Cobra and SVT F-150 Lighting Truck Branding, overseeing logo development, collateral, photo shoots, printing.

Helping clients cross the finish line first comes naturally to Scott. By applying vast industry experience to direct business development function, Susalla has developed and implemented key sales and marketing initiatives that have captured increased market share and growth in revenue for his his own clients. His extensive and diverse 25 year career in automotive advertising experience includes account management, brand strategy, art buying, print production, management of digital collateral, sales and marketing.

Scott is spending more time at his home on the Mackinaw Straits and helping with many Cheboygan County non-profit initiatives. He is the Communications Co-chair of Art Vision Cheboygan, enjoys riding his motorcycle, an avid photographer and gardening in the meadow.

Tony Eustice

Deedra Hasselhuhn

Founders

James Conboy, James “Bud” Darnell, Susan Eno, Richard B. Sanford, Chris Sangster