North Country CMH Board

The North Country Community Mental Health Board was created in April 2003, with the merger of Northern Michigan Community Mental Health and Antrim Kalkaska Community Mental Health. Both previous agencies had enjoyed over 30 years of community service, and were initially created under the authority of Public Act 54, legislation which transferred responsibility for the provision of public mental health services from state to local governments. This law was superseded in 1974 and again in 1996 when the Michigan Legislature enacted major revisions to the Michigan Mental Health Code. The North Country Community Mental Health Board serves Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Kalkaska, and Otsego Counties. Funds for the operation of programs are provided by federal,state and local sources.

Board Members

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Board Meeting Schedule
January — December 2020
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January 16, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

February 20, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
203 E.Cayuga St., Commissioners Room
Bellaire

March 19, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

April 16, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

**May 11, 2020 Special Board Meeting**

May 21, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
203 E.Cayuga St., Commissioners Room
Bellaire

June 18, 2019 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

July 16, 2020 – 4:00 P.M
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

August 20, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
203 E.Cayuga St., Commissioners Room
Bellaire

September 17, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

October 15, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

November 19, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
203 E.Cayuga St., Commissioners Room
Bellaire

December 17, 2020 – 4:00 P.M.
1420 Plaza Drive, Board Room
Petoskey

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CAROLINE LOPER

 

Caroline Loper was appointed to the mental health Board by the Antrim County Board of Commissioners in May 2017.  Ms. Loper was employed in a number of positions: dietary aide; crew member; crew leader; housekeeping aide and laundry aide.  She is a member of the First Baptist Church in Boyne City and a member of the New Horizons Clubhouse Advisory Board.  Her hobbies are reading, knitting, crocheting and tatting (lace making).

CHRISTIAN MARCUS

 

Christian Marcus was appointed to the mental health Board by the Antrim County Board of Commissioners in January 2013.  He is the owner of Northern Bear Country Store.  He was formerly Trustee of Star Township.  Mr. Marcus worked as an independent marketing manager for Automotive Events and was the Manager of Player Development Motorcity Casino in Detroit.  He is Chair of the Public Works Committee and serves on the Parks and Lands and the Transportation committees, as well as the Antrim Fair Board.  He also volunteers for the Sheriff’s Deputy reserve.  His hobbies are golfing, snowmobiling and ice hockey. 

LOUIS SCHOLL

 

Louis Scholl was appointed to the mental health Board by the Antrim County Board of Commissioners in 1996 and has served on its Program and Personnel Committees.  He retired from the Antrim County Road Commission as a heavy equipment mechanic in 2001 and formerly owned and operated C & L Auto Service in Mancelona from 1999-2008.  Mr. Scholl is also a musician at Pathway Ministry in Mancelona and Jail Ministry in Antrim County.  He plays in two bands, one at the Mancelona Senior Center and one at a coffee house in Roscommon.  He enjoys hunting, fishing, music, fly tying, computers, electronics and astronomy (telescope).  He enjoys time with family, especially with grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He feels very blessed in his life and enjoys serving in Ministry.

ROBERT H. DRAVES JR.

 

Robert Draves was appointed to the North Country Community Mental Health Board by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners in January 2019.  Mr. Draves was employed by Wolverine Power Supply and is currently retired.  Mr. Draves is a Charlevoix County Commissioner. He is past chair of the Charlevoix County planning commission, past trustee of South Arm Twp., current vice chair of the Jordan Valley EMS authority, past secretary of East Jordan’s DDA and a past zoning administrator.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and league shooting.

DENNIS PRIESS

 

Dennis Priess was appointed to the mental health Board by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners in February 2013.  Previous to his retirement he worked for Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (NMSAS) as its Director, Otsego Memorial Hospital and CHIP Counseling.  He is a member of the Community Reformed Church of Charlevoix and Safe Haven Ministries.  His hobbies are guitar, music, reading, hiking, biking and swimming. 

ROBERT BOYD

 

Robert Boyd was appointed to the North Country Community Mental Health Board by the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners in August 2006.  Mr. Boyd served in the United States Marine Corps and with the U.S. Department of State as a U.S. Embassy Guard.  He is a member of the Marine Corp. League, a member of the Knights of Columbus and was the former President of the Beacon Center Board.  Mr. Boyd ushers at his church and enjoys writing poetry and songs.

EDWARD GINOP
BOARD CHAIR

 

Ed Ginop is a Cheboygan County native and lives in Levering.  He has served on the mental health Board since March, 1983.  Ed owns Ginop Construction, Inc.  He is the President of the Cheboygan County Fair Board; served on the Cheboygan Area Schools Board for 9 years; and is a member of the Cheboygan County Builder’s Association.  Ed is married and has four children.  He enjoys reading, traveling, fishing and sports, especially playing cards.

MICHAEL NEWMAN

 

 

Michael Newman was appointed to the mental health Board by the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners in January 2017. 

Mr. Newman was employed as the Under sheriff in Cheboygan and is now retired.  He is a member of the Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners.

KARLA SHERMAN
VICE CHAIR

 

Karla Sherman was appointed to the North Country Community Mental Health Board by the Charlevoix County Board of Commissioners in December 2006 and was reappointed to the Board by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners in June 2012. 

 

Ms. Sherman was born and raised in Colorado and remains a person with a great love of the outdoors, and a strong independent spirit.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Science in Education from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. 

 

 “Giving back” is an important value in her family thus prompting volunteer work beginning at an early age and continuing to this day.  Her great treasures in life are reading, outdoor activities including running, hiking and skiing, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

DAVID WHITE

 

David White was appointed to the North Country Community Mental Health Board by the Emmet County Board of Commissioners in January 2019.  Mr. White is currently retired after spending his career working as a City Manager in three states. His last two positions were in the City of East Jordan and Mackinaw City.  Mr. Whites is currently a Charlevoix County Commissioner. He is a board member for Northern Homes Community Development Corporation, represents Resort Township and is on the Zoning Board of Appeals.  When not working or volunteering he enjoys reading non-fiction, boarding, fishing and spending time with family.

PATTY COX

 

Patty Cox was appointed to the mental health Board by the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners in March 2017.  Ms. Cox was a teacher with elementary certification and taught in Kalkaska Public Schools (mostly Middle School).  She is currently retired.  Ms. Cox is a member of the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners and serves on many committees (DHS, District Health, COA & AAA).  She is a member of the Trout Festival Board; E. Boardman United Methodist Church; and treasurer of the Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources Board.  Her hobbies are singing, playing guitar, piano, crochet, sewing and gardening.

AUGUSTA STRATZ, MSW, CSW, RSM
SISTERS OF MERCY
BOARD SECRETARY

 

 

Sr. Augusta Stratz was appointed to the mental health Board in 2001 by the Kalkaska County Board of Commissioners.  She is the Director of the Health and Healing Ministry Program in Kalkaska.  She is a Consultant for Nursing Facility Transition Services and works with the Disability Network/Northern Michigan in Traverse City.  She previously worked with Antrim Kalkaska Community Mental Health and Northern Lakes Community Mental Health. 

 

Sr. Augusta has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University; a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University; a Masters Degree of Arts and Teaching from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mercy College of Detroit. 

Sr. Augusta enjoys music, yoga, travel, reading and quiet time.

RON ISELER

 

 

Ron Iseler was appointed to the mental health Board by the Otsego County Board of Commissioners in September 2015.  Mr. Iseler has been self-employed; a teacher; has worked for the Michigan Agriculture Department and the United States Postal Service.  He is currently retired.  Mr. Iseler has provided service at community dinners; the Food Pantry for Otsego County; social ministry at Peace Lutheran Church in Gaylord; and volunteers at (revolving) Homeless Shelter “The Refuge”.  He likes traveling, camping, gardening and attending music festivals.

PAUL L. LISS

 

Paul Liss was appointed to the North Country Community Mental Health Board by the Otsego County Board of Commissioners in January 2009.  Mr. Liss was employed by Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company and is currently retired.  Mr. Liss is an Otsego County Commissioner.  He enjoys home remodeling and spending time with his grandchildren.