The C3 Board of Trustees
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.
Belonging to a community that promotes social justice and service holds great importance for us. Dan and I have been members of C3 for over eighteen years. We so appreciate the dedication of all the members of C3 who give of their time to lead our community. I honor their commitment. We have volunteered in a variety of ways over the years: Charter for Compassion, Family Promise, Usher, Host. It is now my desire to serve on the Board of Trustees. Our careers were in education – Dan in high school industrial arts and I taught elementary and special education. We live in the northern area of Muskegon. “Belonging together with others completes something in us.” (John O’Donohue) During this time of social turmoil, it is very important to have a devoted community. C3 provides a place for us.
When Kathy and I moved to Grand Haven 2 1/2 years ago, we set out on a path to find a church that fit our needs. Our second stop was C3 and we quickly realized that this was a community we wanted to be a part of! We feel very fortunate to be a part of a welcoming, thinking, active and progressive community. Kathy and I have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I’ve had 2 significant professional careers. My first was 20 years as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. After obtaining my BA in Finance, my second 20 year career was in various leadership positions with national insurance companies. Since joining C3, I have come to appreciate its many benefits, and now intend to become more involved, and would be honored to join the board as we continue the positive work we do in the greater West Michigan community.
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.
Ira and I moved to Michigan in 1982, and for several years, I taught at Calvin and GVSU. Then for 27 years, I worked in PR/Marketing/Development first at Pine Rest and then at Hope Network. Those experiences were invaluable when I was on the 2014 C3 Auction Committee and they continue to shape my input today on the Outreach Committee. Getting to C3 was a journey. Though I was born, raised, and educated (4th grade – undergrad) in the Reformed Church, by my forties, I was disillusioned with traditional religion. Simply to placate her, I accepted Sally Alderink’s gently persistent invitations to visit C3. When I walked out of that first service in 2010, I knew where I belonged theologically and spiritually. C3’s book club became my social entry to the community. This is an exciting time for C3 with unknown challenges, changes, and opportunities. I would welcome the chance to serve on the BOT as we move into what is sure to be an amazing future.
I am a retired educator and designer, having taught at Kendall College of Art & Design for 25 years, and practiced as a design consultant in the contract furniture industry for 30 years. My wife Annie Wassmann and I have been attending C3 since 2003, and sailed through many years of transition buoyed by the shared values and strong camaraderie of the community. Annie and I have worked in support of the community on many projects, including the Wine Tastings, Garage Sales, and most recently the Giving Tree events. Our participation has tended to be at the worker level. With my recent retirement, I’m interested in participating in the self-governance of C3 at a higher level. I have been heartened by the recent positive steps that have been taken by the existing board, especially the selection of the new Teacher. With your support, as a board member, I hope to continue to strengthen the financial and community aspects of the congregation by sharing our message with an expanding population.