The C3 Board of Trustees
My husband Skip and I joined Christ Community Church in the early 1990’s, embarking on a rich and often-surprising spiritual journey. As Christ Community Church first evolved into C3 Exchange and most recently into C3 – West Michigan’s Inclusive Spiritual Connection, we’ve continued to be inspired by and grateful for the vibrant, active and creative people here that have touched our lives. Our 3 sons, who now live out of state, tell us that they hope to be able to find something similar to C3 in their own lives one day.
Skip and I are both nearing the ends of still-fulfilling teaching careers, where we share a passion for the values of critical thinking and a strong public education system. I am also completing my first term serving on the board of C3, a role in which I would like to continue. Over the past two years, I’ve been particularly happy with the work we have done with regard to increasing transparency and board communication, including the selection of our first ever community-elected leader, Jennifer Atlee-Loudon. I have also been pleased that we have begun to look outward towards more active participation in the broader community, whether it be through strengthening current connections, venturing into new partnerships, spurring the movement toward a West Michigan Charter for Compassion, or deepening our connections with our global family. If privileged to serve another term on the C3 board, I will continue to work to help our community stabilize financially, grow both numerically and spiritually and to cultivate our commitment and work around our shared mission and values.
I am a Retired educator (speech pathologist, Learning disabilities) who has been a member of C3 since 1981, having stayed with the organization throughout its evolution. I have been active in choir, women’s groups, chaired the Garage Sale and helped co-ordinate our involvement with Family Promise. Currently, I am a member of the Outreach Committee of the BoT. I would like to see C3 grow and become a valued part of the greater community, offering unique opportunities for spiritual growth and wellness. I would like to have C3 become THE catalyst in the Compassionate West Michigan movement.
I am retired from a 35 year career selling computer technology to a wide range of industries while based in Chicago often with all of North America as a territory. Then I met Joyce.
I was not raised in a particular denomination and seldom attended a church after junior high school. Joyce and I started attending Christ Community toward the end of Dick Rehm’s time in 2002. I particularly value the lack of dogma and orthodoxy and really enjoy the openness and diversity of ideas present in the Community.
(Most people call me Chase) and I am a Muskegon native. My father worked as an engineer and my mother was primarily a homemaker. After attending Oakridge High School, I went to Baker College for computer information systems. I’ve leveraged my passion for technology into my own computer repair and information technology (IT) business, AdvanTech PC Services.
Currently, I am in charge of I.T. and the website at C3, served on the IST committee, a C3 board member, and assist with audio/video recording and soundboard as well.
I live in Holland with my two children: Nathan, who is nine years old, and Arianna (Ari), who is five. After bouncing around between various religions for a while, I’ve started coming to C3 around eight years ago. I love the atmosphere, and there is certainly nothing else alike it around. I serve on the board of trustees with the purpose to help grow C3’s great potential, and help expand our appeal within the Lakeshore area, by offering a fresh and younger perspective to the C3 Community.
My professional background is in the non profit sector. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. I began my career working in a Children’s Hospital with terminally ill children. I then moved to the mental health sector where I worked both as a therapist and as an administrator overseeing the continuum of care for mentally ill children and adults. My most recent career, which came to an end 6 months ago after 27+ years of service, was as the President/CEO of Planned Parenthood, providing preventive health care, education and advocacy for, and on behalf of, women, men and young people throughout the western half of the lower peninsula and all of the Upper Peninsula. I addition to my professional work, I’ve also served as a non profit volunteer throughout most of my adult life, primarily serving on a variety of non profit boards of directors at the local, regional and state levels and as co-founder of one non profit and one Political Action Committee. I currently serve on two state boards, two local boards (including the c3 board) and one steering committee, and am Chair of two of these boards.
I moved to west Michigan in 1975 to work as an air traffic controller at the Muskegon airport .A lifelong student of politics ,poetry and spirituality, I was drawn to C3 about twenty years ago because of its progressive thinking and social engagement.
As a C3 member I have participated in programs with the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance and Re-Member. I also helped maintain the White Sands Zen Center on the former Spring Lake campus.I currently serve as an occasional meditator, usher captain and nursery volunteer.
I believe C3 continues to play a critical role in our community by providing a venue for honest dialog about the issues facing us as a society and nation..For me “creativity, compassion and community” says it all.
In my professional career, I taught middle school, managed/owned a paper and plastic recycling center, worked as a computer programmer/analysis, became an organizational development manager, directed a corporate university, and consulted for large multinational companies in project management. I have a PhD in Organization and Management.
After coming to C3, I chaired the Renewal team and hosted the Renewal workshop where we allowed Community members to start organizational initiatives for which they felt some passion. Along with Bob Griffin, we surveyed the Community and prepared/presented a Community report on the findings. I was the chairperson of the reorganization project team after Ian left, and I was a member of the Leader Search team that ended with Jenny selection. I have been a member of the Board of Trustees for three years and I am its current Chairperson.
I’d like to see C3 grow, strengthen, and make a difference in the community. I have been attending C3 since 2012 and I came because C3 is the only local spiritual organization that wasn’t embracing an Iron Age view of the world and had no orthodoxy from which to call me heretical. Later, I learned that the C3 people are the kind of people I want to know better.
Retired from an academic career in experimental psychology, behavior genetics and learning. In addition my academic training I was awarded a two year PostDoc in Institutional Racism in the mid 80s at the University of Illinois.
I now pursue my interest in the development of harvesting wind energy.
Chris and I came to C3 about when Ian Lawton came. Except for some earlier visits to Fountain Street Church we had not attended any religious organization for several decades. We are still here.
I think we come to C3 to learn and to make a difference. On my second year of this my second two-year term I want to see C3 continue to develop our rapport with the Muskegon Heights community. We have so much to learn.
I am a local author who has written many books for children and teenagers. I have also taught Basic Writing Courses and Creative Writing Courses in the area. In 2011 I received the Michigan Reading Association Gwen Frostic Award, an award for having a positive impact on literacy in the state of Michigan. Even before this happened, I was searching for ways to do more for disadvantaged kids who lack access to the tools of literacy—exposure to stories, poetry, plays and the visual arts.
Through C3 I have been involved for the past 8 year in efforts to improve literacy in Muskegon Heights, chiefly through my connection to the Friends of Muskegon Heights Branch Library. I embraced C3 in order to experience a sense of community and activism that I never expected to find in the area. It is out of a deep and ongoing sense of gratitude for this that I chose to serve on the BOT. I am very excited to be actively involved in planning and governance at C3, especially at this most important juncture with a new leaders and many new challenges ahead.
From my earliest work experience I have held a high work ethic and gravitated toward organization as a prominent skill. I have been an office assistant of some sort since participating in the GVSU Work Study program, working in the Student Employment Office, right through my current position as the Administrative Assistant for Schuler Books as support for its corporate office and 4 stores. The majority of my position there is project-based and structured by yearly focuses, changes, and new ideas of the company.
I have been a member of C3 for 1 year and attending for 2 years. In my time here I have been a part of the transition of the Nursery into a volunteer based addition to the Children’s Program, am a rotating volunteer for the Nursery kids, and I take turns at both Children’s Message and Meditation portions of gathering. My goals are to re-introduce and incorporate programming for our older kids; to show families what a good place this is to be; to generally to extend the goodwill of the organization into the community at large; to always be involved in something here.
Why C3 for me and my family? We find good values and consistent openness here. We want a stable and consistent spiritual foundation for our children. I leave feeling better than when I walked in.