Trustee Biographies

President of the Board Douglas A. Jacobson

Douglas A. Jacobson

Chair, MMCC Board of Trustees

Board Chair Douglas A. Jacobson has served on the Board of Trustees since 1996. Mr. Jacobson has been an attorney in Gladwin since 1982, formerly serving Gladwin County as Prosecuting Attorney from 1981 to 1992. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1968, Central Michigan University with a Master of Arts in 1972, and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 1977.

Mr. Jacobson was employed by Gladwin Community Schools as a teacher and coach from 1969 to 1974. He is a member of The Gladwin Rotary Club and Gladwin Council of the Arts.

Vice President of the board, Betty M. Russell

Betty M. Mussell

Vice Chair, MMCC Board of Trustees

Betty M. Mussell was elected to the Board in 1986 and has successfully run for re-election since then. Ms. Mussell attended Central Michigan University and serves the community through PTA and Girl Scouts. She also is a Director of the Pardee Cancer Treatment Fund and the Clare United Way. Ms. Mussell served for 14 ½ years on the Clare Board of Education and is a Trustee Member of the Mid Michigan Community College Foundation Board.

Trustee Thomas W. Metzger

Thomas W. Metzger

Treasurer, MMCC Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Metzger represents the Beaverton area on the Mid Michigan Community College Board of Trustees, and was elected to the Board in 1992. Mr. Metzger is retired from General Motors, where he held the position of Journeyman in Machine Repair for 38 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Central Michigan University.

Trustee Richard S. Allen, Jr.

Richard S. Allen, Jr.

Secretary, MMCC Board of Trustees

Richard S. Allen, Jr. was elected to the Board in 1986 and has successfully run for re-election since. Mr. Allen is an attorney in Clare, Michigan and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Wayne State Law School and a Bachelors of Arts from Michigan State University. Mr. Allen serves the community through Rotary International and is a member of the American Legion.

Trustee Carolyn C. Bay

Carolyn C. Bay

Trustee, MMCC Board of Trustees

Ms. Bay was born and raised in Clare County, Michigan on the Cornwell Ranch owned and operated by her parents, Robert and Rosemary Carter. A graduate of Michigan State University in Animal Husbandry, she was a member of the MSU Livestock, Meat and Wool Judging teams. She started working with the MSU Cooperative Extension Service in 1959 as a 4-H Youth agent in Midland County. Her career expanded to Regional Livestock agent, District Equine Agent and then to County Extension Director in Gladwin County; taking five years off to be a High School Counselor in Clare Public Schools. Ms. Bay retired from MSU Extension in 1992. During those years her specialty was youth and equine education.

Ms. Bay has judged most all disciplines of horses, even traveling to Norway to learn to evaluate Fjord horses, and has assisted in educational clinics throughout Michigan and other states. She serves as a volunteer at the Kentucky 3-day Rolex event, working as a Communicator for the Cross Country Day.

Ms. Bay is currently a member of The Great Lakes Quarter Horse Association, serving as Vice President; American Quarter Horse Association; Clare County Farm Bureau Board; Michigan Equine Foundation; Michigan Quarter Horse Association; American Paint Horse Association (serving on the Racing Committee); Michigan Farm Bureau Equine Committee; Arthur Township Planning Committee; First Congregational Church; Gladwin Rotary Club; and MMCC's Foundation. She was also Education Co-Chair of the 2007 Michigan Equine Conference. She received a 2008 Catalyst Award from the Michigan Horse Council and was also inducted into the Michigan Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.

Presently Ms. Bay and her children raise Race and Performance Quarter and Paint horses at T. Bill Stables. The W.C. Cornwell Ranch is still owned and operated by Carolyn and her brothers, Bill and Bob Carter.

Ms. Bay has two children, David and Maria, and three grandchildren.

Trustee Eric T. Kreckman

Eric T. Kreckman

Trustee, MMCC Board of Trustees

Eric T. Kreckman was appointed to the Board in 2007. Mr. Kreckman is a Gladwin native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He spent 20 years in the title industry and served as a director of the Gladwin Downtown Development Authority, Gladwin Education Foundation, Gladwin Airport Commission, MidMichigan Medical Center and Gladwin Rotary Club. He then earned his Masters of Science as a physician assistant from Central Michigan University and works in the MidMichigan Health System.

Trustee Terry Petrongelli

Terry Petrongelli

Trustee, MMCC Board of Trustees

Ms. Terry Petrongelli was appointed to the Board in 2008, then elected in 2010. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and during her thirty year career as a teacher for Harrison Community Schools, she held elementary, middle school, and secondary positions. Ms. Petrongelli enjoys volunteering and has served as a board member for the Harrison Dance & Creativity Centre and Hard Times Café. Currently, she is working for the Institute for Excellence in Education in Mount Pleasant.

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