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120 Grandview Blvd., Gaylord, Michigan  49735

OCCOA Board of Directors    

Your Otsego County Board of Directors!

Shown L to R: Judge George Mertz; Brett Bowen; Mary Sanders; James Camiller, CPA; Constance
Messina; Rudi Edel; Rev. Jim Mathis; and Joe Duff. Missing: Rachel Smith and Otsego County Board of
Commissioners' Liaison Doug Johnson.


June 14, 2017 OCCOA Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Meet the Otsego County Commission on Aging Board of Directors! 

Mary Sanders, OCCOA Board of Directors President
Mary is the supervisor and assessor for Hayes Township in Otsego County. She graduated from Alma College and was a past secondary education teacher. She has done graduate work at Michigan State University and is a certified Level III Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO). In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, Mary is the president of the Otsego Memorial Hospital (OMH) Board of Directors, and serves on the OMH Foundation Board of Directors, the Otsego County EMS Board, 911, LEPC, Otsego Economic Alliance, the University Center, and the OMH Auxiliary.


George Mertz, OCCOA Board of Directors Vice President
In January 2013, Governor Rick Snyder appointed George Mertz to the 46th Circuit Court. He graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in History in 1996. In 2001, he received his Juris Doctor from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University.  In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, Judge Mertz is a member of the Rotary Club of Gaylord.  He is a past board member and secretary for the Headwaters Chapter of Trout unlimited (2004-2013) and was a member of the Otsego County Airport Advisory Committee in 2010.


James Camiller, OCCOA Board of Directors Treasurer
James is a resident of Otsego County, and owner of James Camiller, CPA, in Lewiston.  He graduated from Adrian College and has been a licensed certified public accountant in the State of Michigan since 2002.  In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, he is the treasurer for the Rotary Club of Gaylord.  He is a past board member for the Otsego County United Way and the Otsego Wildlife Legacy Society (OWLS), and a past ambassador for the Gaylord Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rudi Edel, OCCOA Board of Directors Secretary                                                                                     Retired from the Otsego County judicial system after 36 years of service as a Trial Court Administrator/Magistrate, Rudi earned his B.S degree from Northern Michigan University and a Certificate in Religious Telecommunications from the University of Dayton.  In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, he volunteers for the Department of Defense and is a hearing officer for the Selective Service Board.  He volunteers for the Otsego County Historical Museum, Otsego County Food Pantry, Otsego County Leadership Development Program, and RSVP.  He is a mediator for Community Mediation Services of Northeastern Michigan, and a volunteer for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena County.  Rudi also volunteers his time for annual mission work in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and the Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.


Brett Bowen, OCCOA Board of Directors Member
Brett is a resident of Bagley Township and is a vice president, commercial lender with Chemical Bank in Gaylord, as well as a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). At Chemical, he works in areas related to business and personal finance, consulting, wealth advisory (non-licensed), and trusts. He has degrees from Indiana University and Colorado State University. He is a US Army Intelligence veteran (101st Airborne Div.) and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1518 in Gaylord. In addition to serving on the OCCOA Board, he also is a board and finance committee member for the Otsego County Economic Alliance; a member of Rotary International; a board member, county leader (business) for the Northern Michigan Veterans Coalition Region 3; as a well as a graduate of Leadership Otsego County (class of 2014-2015). 

Joe Duff, OCCOA Board of Directors Member
Joe is the city manager for the City of Gaylord, as well as the director of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) .  Joe is a graduate of Michigan State University's James Madison College with a B.A. in Political Philosophy.  He earned his Master's in Public Administration from the University of Detroit.  In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, Joe is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (Father Flannery Division, Gaylord) and the Gaylord Elk's Club.  From 1987 to 1994, he served on the Mackinaw City Senior's Board.

Jim Mathis, OCCOA Board of Directors Member
Jim is an associate pastor with the Evangelical Free Church in Gaylord, and until his recent retirement, was pastor since 1998. He received his education at Asbury Seminary and Taylor University. In addition to serving on the OCCOA board, Jim is the Regional Council Representative for the Area Agency on Aging Region 9. Prior to this, he was a board member for Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord Area Council for the Arts, and the Otsego County Housing Committee.  Jim has also assisted with the Starker Mann Biathlon and Gus Macker Tournaments, helped with cleanup at the Alpenfests, and been involved with service projects targeted toward helping those in need.  He is a former chaplain for Hospice, as well as a member and past president for the Otsego Area Hospice Board of Directors.

Constance Messina
Connie has been a registered nurse for almost 40 years. Recently retired, she now calls Otsego County her permanent home. She has been a hospital nurse for 35+ years. During this period, she served as a staff RN in hospitals in Detroit and was also a unit manager in a CICU. She most recently worked as a clinical manager at a private office and performed cardiac testing. She has served on many committees dealing with adult patient care, including community outreach services in the Detroit area, where she worked on behalf of the poor and underserved. She has also served on church committees. She enjoys the elderly and throughout her career has worked with adult populations. She has a lot of experience with many different types of people and believes everyone is deserving of respect, dignity, and as much comfort in life as possible. 


Rachel Smith
Rachel was born and raised in Gaylord. In 2008, she obtained her bachelor degree in Mortuary Science from Norfolk State University, Virginia. She is currently a funeral director at Gaylord Community Funeral Home & Cremation Service and is a graduate of Leadership Otsego County. 



Doug Johnson, Otsego County Board of Commissioners Liaison*

Doug is currently the vice-chair for the Otsego County Board of Commissioners, representing District VII, and is the liaison to the Otsego County Commission on Aging Board of Directors. 



*Otsego County Board of Commissioners Liaison - alternate- Unassigned at this time.

Meet the Otsego County Commission on Aging Management Team!


Dona J. Wishart
Executive Director

Dale A. Gehman Director

The OCCOA Board of Directors meets on the second Wednesday at 9 a.m., as noted below, at the University Center, 80 Livingston Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735.  

The meetings for FY 2018-2019 are:

October 10, 2018
December 12, 2018
February 13, 2019 (Includes Annual Meeting)
April 10, 2019
June 12, 2019
September 11, 2019



OCCOA Board of Director Meeting Agendas OCCOA Board of Director Meeting Minutes
October 8, 2014 Meeting Agenda Approved Oct. 8, 2014  Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2014 Meeting Agenda Approved Dec. 10, 2014 Meeting Minutes 
February 11, 2015 Annual Meeting Agenda Approved February 11, 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes 
February 11, 2015 Meeting Agenda  Approved February 11, 2015 Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2015 Meeting Agenda Approved April 8, 2015 Meeting Minutes
June 10, 2015 Meeting Agenda Approved June 10, 2015 Meeting Minutes
September 9, 2015 Meeting Agenda Approved September 9, 2015 Meeting Minutes
December 9, 2015 Meeting Agenda Approved December 9, 2015 Meeting Minutes
February 10, 2016 Annual Meeting and Meeting Agenda Approved February 10, 2016 Annual Minutes and December 9, 2016 Monthly Meeting Minutes 
April 12, 2017 Meeting Agenda
Approved April 13, 2016 Meeting Minutes
June 8, 2016 Meeting Agenda Approved June 8, 2016 Meeting Minutes
September 14, 2016 Meeting Agenda Approved September 14, 2016 Meeting Minutes
October 12, 2016 Meeting Agenda Approved October 12, 2016 Meeting Minutes
December 14, 2016 Meeting Agenda - Meeting canceled, due to poor weather. Meeting canceled. No minutes to approve.
February 22, 2017 Meeting Agenda, including Annual Meeting Agenda Approved February 22, 2017 Annual Meeting Minutes and February 22, 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes
April 12, 2017 Meeting Agenda Approved April 12, 2017 Meeting Minutes
June 14, 2017 OCCOA Meeting Agenda.pdf Approved June 14, 2017 Meeting Minutes
September 13, 2017 Meeting Agenda Approved Sep. 13, 2017 Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2017 Meeting canceled. Meeting canceled. No minutes to approve.
December 13, 2017  Meeting Agenda Approved December 13, 2017 Minutes 
February 14, 2018 Annual Meeting and Meeting Agendas Approved February 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes and Annual Meeting Minutes
April 11, 2018 Meeting Agenda Approved April 11, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
June 13, 2018 Meeting Agenda June 13, 2018 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes - for approval
September 12 - 2018 Meeting Agenda