Charting Our Course

The volunteer TrueNorth Board of Directors provides governance and oversight of TrueNorth Community Services thus establishing clear direction for our programs and services. Our Board has broad experience in the professional management and leadership of nonprofit organizations. They are committed to the TrueNorth mission and to a higher quality of life for all areas we serve.

The Board's Finance Committee provides fiduciary oversight and has established (and annually updates) the long-range financial plan. The Program Committee of the Board establishes direction for TrueNorth programs and services. The Resource Development Committee of the Board works to ensure adequate funds are raised to support our work.



(l-r) Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough, Pam Semlow, Scott Rumsey, Mike Paige, Carrie VandenBerg, John Cooper, Sharla Schipper, Jim Merkel, Rita VanBoven, Julie Berwald and (kneeling) Gene Ford. Not pictured - Santa Sokolowski and Suzanne VanWieren

2015 Board of Directors
Rita VanBoven, Chair 
Retired Business Executive

Carrie VandenBerg, Vice-Chair  
Educator from White Cloud 

John Cooper, Treasurer
Retired CEO from Fremont

Suzanne VanWieren, Secretary 
Nurse Practitioner from Grant 

Pam Semlow, Past Chair 
Retired Educator from Fremont 

Julie Berwald
Educator from Newaygo

Gene Ford
VP R&D, Head of PTC Fremont at Nestle Infant Nutrition from Grand Rapids

Kate Kesteloot Scarbrough
Executive Director of Mediation and Restorative Services from Whitehall


Jim Merkel
Retired Business Executive from Fremont

Mike Paige 

Lawyer/Friend of Court from Fremont 

Sharla Schipper 
Owner of State Farm Agency in Grant from Fremont