Board of DirectorsWe have a dynamic Board of Directors, all individuals that serve in our communities!
Christine Crumbaugh represents agriculture within the Chamber and is a managing member of her family’s cash crop farm, Crumbaugh Legacy, Inc. She farms with her husband and their two sons and they take pride in being a part of Michigan agriculture raising sugar beets, corn, soybeans, and wheat. Christine graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration majoring in Economics and with a minor in Marketing. She obtained an Associate’s degree in Sales and Marketing from Davenport University. In 2010, Christine’s passion for photography turned into a part-time business venture as she now operates a custom portrait and landscape photography business, Captured by Christine Crumbaugh. She also does freelance photography work for agricultural businesses and organizations. Christine’s other affiliations include: GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Board of Directors; State of Michigan Natural Resource Commission, Commissioner; Michigan Farm Bureau, Chairperson Feed Grains, Wheat & Oilseeds Advisory Committee; Michigan Sugar Company, grower/owner; St. Louis Church of Christ, Member; and Helcher’s Black Belt Academy, Instructor.
Heather Todd was born and raised in Southern Gratiot and currently resides in Middleton with her husband, Stephen and their dog and two cats. She is a three-year employee of Pleasant Graphics as a Graphic Designer. Heather is a Board Member and volunteer at Gratiot County Players, while also serving on the Community Theatre Association of Michigan (CTAM) Board as their Secretary. In regards to the Chamber for approximately five years, Heather has been an advocate for the three promotional committees; Alma Action Association, Middle of the Mitten Association and the Ithaca Promotional Committee while also serving as a Chamber Ambassador and also serves on the Chamber Membership and Marketing Committee, which she now chairs. Heather was voted onto the Board of Directors in 2016.
Jim Wheeler is currently the Vice President, President Elect for Greater Gratiot Development located in Ithaca. Prior to being involved with Greater Gratiot, Jim has had various banking roles since 1981 including being the President & CEO of Firstbank-Alma from 2000-2013. Jim has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in which he graduated in 1981. He is married to Susan Wheeler for 35 years and has a daughter.
Alma Action Chair
Garth Anderson has lived in Gratiot County nearly his entire life, after moving away to Chicago and Orlando, after college. He graduated from CMU in 1984 with a business degree. Garth has been happily married to his wife, Sue, for 33 years. His children are grown up now, Brittany is 29 and Bryan is 26. Brittany and her husband, Joel, have blessed the family with a granddaughter, Ella. He works at Commercial Bank in Alma, and has done so since the summer of 2008. Before that, he spent 20 years in the Insurance Business (Lodewyk Nesen & McKim). He is the president of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters board here in Gratiot County and is currently serving as a Big Brother. Garth is also a Rotarian, and has served as president of that organization twice. He is the chairman of the Alma Action Association, as well as an elder at First Church of God in Alma. He currently serves on the DDA board in Alma as well.
Middle of the Mitten Chair
Todd Albee is from Midland and currently resides in Midland. He graduated from Alma College in 2001. Todd is married and has two children, ages 6 & 9. He works for Chemical Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer in St. Louis and has been in that position for two years, however, he has worked with Chemical Bank in several capacities for nearly 15 years. Todd currently serves as chairman of the Middle of the Mitten Association in St. Louis and has since January 2016 and has been a general board member for Greater Gratiot Development since 2015.
Philip Hansen has been the Downtown Development and Economic Development Director for the City of St. Louis since 1997, working on business and property development and improvements throughout the City, the downtown area in particular. He has also been involved with the St. Louis Middle of the Mitten Association and the Chamber for the entirety of that time, serving on a variety of committees and spending time adding to, and improving the community events in St. Louis. Phil has been one of the coaches for the highly successful Alma College Women’s Softball program since 1994 and currently resides in Alma with is wife Darcy.
Harmony Nowlin is the Regional Public Affairs Manager for Consumers Energy! She is responsible for local government, economic development and community relations in Gratiot, Isabella, Clare, Gladwin and Montcalm Counties. Harmony is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Materials and Logistic Management with honors. She also has a Master’s degree in Strategic Management with distinction from Pace University in New York. Harmony is very active in local community service activities and volunteers many hours to help improve the lives of others. She has been recently recognized by her community as the 2014 Gratiot County Athena Award Recipient, as well as the 2013 Alma Tartan Award winner. She was inducted into the 2014 4-H Emerald Clover Society in October, 2014. In addition, she was also a Young Careerist Award winner and Woman of Achievement recipient through the Business and Professional Women’s Association. She is also a graduate of Leadership Michigan. Harmony is presently a board member for the following organizations: Alma/St. Louis Rotary Club; Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce; Greater Gratiot Development, Inc.; Middle Michigan Development Corporation; Gladwin County Economic Development and the Michigan 4-H Foundation. She is also an Elder at Mt. Pleasant Community Church. Harmony is married and lives in Elwell. She has two daughters and enjoys skiing, gardening & horseback riding.
General Board Members
Jeffrey Naessens, Alma True Value Hardware
Phillip Moore is the City Manager for the City of Alma. He has worked for the City since 1991 but has held the City Manager position since 2004. Phil grew up in Owosso and met his wife, Heidisue Parsons-Moore while in college. Prior to moving to Alma, they lived in three other cities but when they discovered Alma, it felt like home.
Joy O’Neill, Mercantile Bank
Joy O’Neill grew up in Goodrich, MI and graduated from Alma College in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration. She is a Vice President in Commercial Lending for Mercantile Bank in the Alma Market. She has 15 years of banking industry experience including Credit Analyst and Business Development. In addition, Joy currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce and is the Treasurer of the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees. Joy is a 2015 Perry Banking School graduate and a 2015 Eagle Award recipient from the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce for her role with the Jaycees. She and her husband Nick live in Alma with their children, Aidan & Colin. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, skiing and watching soccer games.
Don Schurr, Greater Gratiot Development
Audra Stahl, Child Advocacy
Audra Stahl was born and raised here in Alma and currently resides here with her husband, Jeff. She has two children, Alex (24) living in Mt. Pleasant, and Maya (17) is a Senior at Alma High School. She is the Executive Director of Child Advocacy, and in the summer of 2017 she will be celebrating 10 years with the agency! Audra is currently on the Board of Directors for the Chamber, Michigan Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance, and the Gratiot County Community Foundation. She is a member of the Alma Women’s Club and the Founder of 100 Women Who Care Gratiot County. Audra has spent years volunteering with various schools, clubs, and organizations throughout Gratiot County.
Doug Wright, Sheriff
Doug Wright, Gratiot Counties Elected Sheriff was born in Gratiot and resides in Ithaca with his wife. He retired from the Michigan State Police in 2011 after serving 32 years in various leadership positions throughout the state, and was elected Sheriff in 2012. As the Sheriff he oversees the Gratiot County Jail as well as day to day law enforcement operations in Gratiot County. The Gratiot County Sheriffs Office currently has a staff of 35 employees that serve, protect and defend the people of Gratiot.