The Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center Board of Directors provides governance and accountability, establishes direction and ensures that financial resources are secured for the operations of the TBCAC. The term of office for Board of Director seats is three years, limited to three consecutive terms. The TBCAC Board utilizes a committee structure to accomplish tasks that support its mission.
Board of Directors 2019/20
Jayne is chair of the TBCAC Board of Directors and a Darkness to Light/Talk Protect Report facilitator. Retiring after 38 years in education from Traverse City Area Public Schools, Jayne served as Associate Superintendent and prior to that in Marquette Public Schools as a teacher, counselor, administrator and Assistant Superintendent. She has also worked at the college level as a counselor and adjunct instructor. Jayne and her husband, Cal Karr, have two sons and two grandchildren whom they adore. Besides her dedication to philanthropy for children and education, she spends time with family and traveling.
Pat has over 40 years of health care management and leadership experience, serving the last 35 years of her career at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. She retired in 2012 as the Executive Director of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital. Pat oversaw the community hospital network affiliations, child advocacy program, community outreach, and philanthropy. In addition, she was responsible for the administration of the institution’s Community Health Initiative, Women’s Health Program, and Social Work across the Hospitals and Health Centers. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and has served on the School’s Alumni Board of Governors and the Board of the Griffith Leadership Center. She currently sits on the Executive Committee of the Munson Health Care Foundation’s Children and Women’s Capital Campaign and volunteers for the Road to Recovery Program for the American Cancer Society.
Regina is a Vice President and Trust Relationship Manager for Greenleaf Trust. She has been a member of TBCAC’s board since 2017 and brings her experience of serving on many nonprofit boards in various capacities. She is a Certified Trust Financial Advisor and is responsible for providing a broad spectrum of fiduciary services to individuals and nonprofit organizations. She graduated with honors from Davenport University and is a graduate of Cannon Trust School.
A Board member since 2015, Vernon and has worked with other nonprofits throughout his many years of community service including the Elk Rapids Board of Education, the Economic Development Corp of Michigan (Loan Committee) and the Munson Planned Giving Council. Vernon has helped kids in many ways over the years including coaching various sports in our community for 20 years. Now a retired CPA, Vernon practiced for 35 years after completing his undergraduate work at Lawrence Technical University and earning a Master’s Degree in taxation from Walsh College of Accountancy.
Betsy has been a member of the TBCAC Board since 2015 and brings a passion for youth and healthy communities. Her life experience includes economic development as a small business owner, Fortress Security, business consultant and former Director of Business Development with the Alliance for Economic Success. Additionally, Betsy has been a member of the Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Board of Directors since 2010 and serves as the Chair of the Grow Benzie Board and the Joyfield Township Planning Commission. She is also a member of the Benzie County Planning Commission and the Benzie County Local College Access Network Leadership Team. Betsy holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Biology from Michigan Technological University and lives in Benzie County with her husband Jim.
Sue has been a part of the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center since its very beginning, first as a volunteer then as a part-time grant writer, and finally as its executive director since 2014. Under Sue’s leadership, the TBCAC has become a regional response center for the protection and wellbeing of children, now serving seven jurisdictions in northern Michigan and accreditated by the National Children’s Alliance for standards consistent with best practices among child advocacy centers. She has grown prevention programming with initiatives such as Team Zero and the Public Will Campaign to End Child Sexual Abuse. Her professional career includes serving as executive director of the Leelanau Township Community Foundation, development specialist at LIAA, and counselor at Leland Public Schools. Prior to moving to northern Michigan in 2000, Sue provided clinical supervision and instruction at the School of the Art Insititute of Children and worked as associate clinical director at the University of Chicago’s Orthogenic School. She holds a BA in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois; she is a certified teacher in the Montessori Method, Search Inside Yourself, and the Michigan ACE initiative.
Mimi has over 30 years of educational leadership experience, starting as an elementary bilingual teacher in Watsonville, California, and spending the last 17 years of her career with the nationally recognized New Teacher Center (NTC), based in Santa Cruz, California. She retired from NTC in 2018 as a Regional Program Director where she led the implementation of multiple systemic reform initiatives with rural and urban districts, regional consortia, and state departments of education. Mimi received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she also completed her graduate work in education. She currently sits on the board of the Northwest Michigan Health Services (NMHSI), a regional community health center. She grew up in Benzie County and returned to live with her family in northern Michigan in 1992. Mimi is deeply committed to the well-being of youth and families in our region.
Karen is the CEO of TBA Credit Union serving in that position for 10 years, has been employed with the TBACU for 27 years and in the banking industry since 1985. Karen is actively involved in the community and is also serving as the Board President of Michael’s Place and as an Executive Committee Member of The Paul Bunyan Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League. She is also a member of the Traverse City Economic Club and has served on several non-profit boards including the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, Traverse City Chamber Foundation, Junior Achievement, Forest Area Athletic Boosters, and Forest Area PTO, in addition to serving on many volunteer committees.
Since 2015, Jim has served as Captain of the Investigative Services Division for the Traverse City Police Department where he oversees the Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Investigations, Internal Affairs, and the Property and Evidence Section, among other duties. He joined TCPD in 1997 as a Patrol Officer after having served six years with the South Haven Police Department. Jim received his B.S. from Ferris State University and attended the Police Academy at Grand Valley State University. Jim holds a Masters in Liberal Technology from Eastern Michigan University with an emphasis on Police Administration where he also attended the Center for Regional and National Security School of Police Staff and Command, serving as President and ranking #1 in his class.
After a long, successful career in the lending industry, Holly purchased EXIT Realty Paramount in the fall of 2011 propelled by her passion for people. Her deepest desire is not just to find people a house but to help them find their perfect home. As a native of Traverse City, Holly has made this community and the families in it a top priority. While growing her business and raising three beautiful children, Holly has served on the boards of several charities and family-first organizations, including the TBCAC since 2014, Child and Family Services from 2001-11, and the local chapter of Impact 100 since 2017.
Ginger is a retired technology executive with over 30 years of management and marketing experience, having most recently overseen professional services operations for two Indianapolis-based software development companies. She has served as an interim director for a child advocacy center in Indiana where she became a trained child forensic interviewer and joined the faculty of ChildFirst™ training for Indiana. A passionate child advocate, Ginger has worked to raise awareness of child abuse issues via blogging and by hosting the “BeAKidsHero” podcast. Ginger is a graduate of Butler University. She and her husband, John, relocated to Traverse City in 2017.
For over 37 years, Annelle has worked as a nurse practitioner in the Grand Traverse region.
Mike maintains a private practice along with serving the last 8 years as a Judge for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. He began working with families in crisis as a police officer in Greensboro, North Carolina and has continued to represent adults and children through Northern Michigan over the last 22 years as a licensed attorney. Mike graduate from Ferris State University and received his law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School. He resides in his childhood home in Suttons Bay with his wife of 28 years, Stephanie, and their children Katie and Jake.
Noelle is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School. After working in Hillsdale County Prosecutor’s Office for a short time, she moved to Traverse City and has been employed by the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office since 1998. Her case focus is domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. Noelle served as the Chief Assistant Prosecuting from 2013 to 2018 when she was elected Prosecuting Attorney.
Board Committees 2019/20
Current standing committees include the following:
- Executive Committee
Jayne Mohr, Chair
- Fund Development Committee
Karen Browne, Chair
- Intervention Committee
Noelle Moggenberg, Chair
- Prevention Council
Pat Warner, Chair
- Facility Committee
Holly Hack, Chair
- Nominating and Board Development Committee
Betsy Evans, Past Board Chair