MCC News

Seven New Members Join the FMCC Board of Directors

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Foundation for Muskegon Community (FMCC) recently added seven new members to its Board of Directors. They are:

  • Ryan Bennett, an MCC alumnus and a business agent with the West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Services Trades Local Union #174;
  • Tom Dake, manager at Kendall Electric;
  • Dick Dolack, a retired pharmacist and longtime Norton Shores councilman;
  • Mary Anne Gorman, executive director of Harbor Hospice;
  • Sen. Goeff Hansen, who represents the 34th District in Michigan’s State Senate;
  • Barbara Lee, a vocational specialist with Kandu, Inc.; and
  • Susan Zemke, an MCC nursing instructor and one of two board members appointed by the faculty association.

They join the 15-member board, which includes: Diana Osborn, president; Wayne Barrett, vice president; Sean Mullally, treasurer; Larry Visconti, secretary; Richard Kraft, Gary Britton, MCC President Dale Nesbary and FMCC Director Tina Dee. See all the Board member photos at www.muskegoncc.edu/fmccboard.

A 501c3 nonprofit organization, the FMCC manages Muskegon Community College’s fundraising activities. Its sole purpose is to support the mission of MCC through fund development with fundraising priorities determined by community and student needs. In recent years, successful FMCC activities have included the annual MCC Founder’s Day celebration in September and the Jayhawk Scramble in June.

The newest FMCC board members welcome the opportunity to offer their support to advance MCC.

“The key component to growing any strong community is having a good community college and higher education outlets,” said Bennett, who resides in Twin Lake, MI. “I have three kids and I’d like to see the best community college we can get. That requires people coming in and chipping in from the community and trying to make it a better place. MCC gave me the confidence to do the things that I do in my job now.”

“I see serving on the board as a good opportunity to help young people in this community learn and grow,” added Dake, a Muskegon resident who has studied business, marketing, welding, electronics and computer programming at MCC.

“Education is a critical component to success in life,” said Lee, who lives in Muskegon. “Right now I work with people who have barriers to employment. I am very aware of the employment requirements and how education really is the key.”

“The higher ed presence that MCC has touches most of the people in my district,” noted Sen. Hansen, who is admittedly excited at the prospect of promoting the college’s many benefits. “I think MCC adds so much. We need to make sure that we are supporting and helping the community college to grow. We need to get out and talk to people about how important it is to the area.”

The feedback from his discussions with area manufacturers underscores the significance of an educated local workforce.

“MCC is going to play a huge role in in having the workforce ready to go,” added the Hart, MI, resident. “There’s kind of a disconnect between jobs and the labor force right now.  I see career tech through the college as a big player in teaching the students what they need to know to find great jobs right here in Muskegon County.”

Sen. Hansen, who attended West Shore Community College, guided his two sons toward community colleges, as well.

“The nice thing about community college is the affordability and the fact that you can get as good if not a better education at a community college than you can get in a lot of other places,” he concluded.

To learn more about the Foundation for Muskegon Community College, visit www.muskegoncc.edu/foundation.