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 2018/19
Jayne is chair of the TBCAC Board of Directors and a Darkness to Light/Talk Protect Report facilitator. Retiring after 38 yrs. 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 Supt. She has also worked at the college level as a counselor and adjunct instructor. She 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 led the nine-year process of planning and activating the replacement of the children’s and women’s hospitals, completed in December 2011. 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, volunteers for the Road to Recovery Program for the American Cancer Society, and serves on the Board of the University of Michigan Grand Traverse Alumni Club.
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 the 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 Masters 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 is the executive director of the northern Michigan Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. With a BA in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MA in art therapy from the University of Illinois, Sue’s professional career includes clinical work with children and teens at the University of Chicago, graduate-level instruction with students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and certification as a Montessori teacher and yoga instructor. She is currently a teacher in training with Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute as well as a Michigan ACE Initiative trainer.
Under Sue’s leadership, the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center has expanded from serving children and families in one (1) county to six (6) in the Grand Traverse region, has earned national accreditation from the National Children’s Alliance for standards consistent with best practices among child advocacy centers, and has expanding prevention programming with initiatives such as “Team Zero”.
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.
Joining the Michigan Bar Association in 1999, Matthew is now based out of Peshawbestown, MI, and serves as a Criminal Defense Attorney specializing in Native peoples law.
People ask Holly why she chose to be a Realtor and Broker, and her answer is quite simple: “love of this community”. A native of Northern Michigan, Holly shares, “There is no other place I would rather live and raise my three beautiful children. While I do love the many beaches, family-friendly activities, and the never-ending stream of summer festivals, my passion for this region goes deeper than that—I love this place because it is HOME, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that this is truly where my heart is.”
From serving on various boards of other family-first organizations such as Child and Family Services and Impact 100 TC, to working as a mortgage loan officer for various local financial institutions, Holly has made it a goal to strengthen the homes of our community from the inside out. Believing that every family should have the opportunity to have a safe, reliable place in which to build their homes, she transitioned from lending into the real estate arena in 2012, acquiring the brokerage of EXIT Realty Paramount. Since then, she has helped hundreds of people realize their dream of having a HOME!
With over 30 years of management and marketing experience, Ginger is a retired technology executive, having most recently overseen professional services operations for two Indianapolis-based software development companies. Prior to that, Ginger worked for the e-government leader NIC where she served in various capacities including subsidiary president of the state of Indiana operation, regional manager for the central U.S. and vice president of a business process automation project for the California Secretary of State’s Office. Prior to that, Ginger served in the Public Affairs Department at Caterpillar, was the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the United Way of Greater Lafayette and was a Financial Services Officer for NBD Bank. She has served as an independent small business consultant and as 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. She also authored a foreward for the book, “Helping Vulnerable Children and Adolescents to Stay Safe: Creative Ideas and Activities for Building Protective Behaviours” written by Katie Wrench in the United Kingdom. A graduate of Butler University, Ginger has served on numerous boards and standing committees, including the boards of three child advocacy centers, as well as local chapters of the American Red Cross and United Way. She and her husband John relocated to Traverse City from the Indianapolis area in 2017.
For over 37 years, Annelle has served as a nurse practitioner and is currently with the medical team at Crystal Lake Clinic in Interlochen.
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 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 has served as the Chief Assistant Prosecuting since 2013.
Kathryn (Kat) is a local attorney at Parsons Law Firm, where she represents clients on a range of civil rights, personal injury, and employment matters. She previously practiced as a commercial litigator in Chicago. She is a graduate of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and The University of Michigan Law School. Kathryn and her husband, Brian, a marketing technology professional with JLL, relocated to Traverse City in 2015. They enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, chasing sunsets, and working on public interest causes.
Board Committees 2018/19
Current standing committees include the following:
- Executive Committee
Jayne Mohr, Chair
- Fund Development Committee
Kathryn Walker, Chair
- Intervention Committee
Hon. Michael J. Long, Chair
- Facility Committee
Holly Hack, Chair
- Nominating and Board Development Committee
Betsy Evans, Past Board Chair