MCC Board of Trustees



Office of the President
Curtice-Mott Complex CM1017

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Michael Simon, Manager,
Office of the President
& Board of Trustees
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Board of Trustees
John Snell, Jr., D.V.M. Matthew Norwood Lenore Croudy Sally Shaheen Joseph, J.D. Albert Koegel Michael Freeman M. Richard Shaink, Ph. D. Rafael Turner
Mott Community College Board of Trustees
Albert Koegel
Michael Freeman
M. Richard Shaink, Ph.D.
Mott Community College
Rafael Turner
John Snell, Jr., D.V.M.
Vice Chair
Matthew Norwood
Lenore Croudy
Sally Shaheen Joseph, J.D.
Executive Cabinet Members
Amy Fugate - Vice President, Office of Academic Affairs
Larry Gawthrop - Chief Financial Officer
Scott Jenkins - Vice President, Office of Administration and Student Services
Mark Kennedy - Chief Human Resources Officer, Human Resources Department


Board of Trustee Biographies

Lenore Croudy

Lenore Croudy, Chair
Lenore Croudy is the longest serving Trustee in Mott Community College's history. She was elected to her fifth six-year term on the Board in 2011. Serving the Board in a variety of capacities, she has been its Chairperson since 1995. She has represented the Board and the College on both state and national levels, having served as a member and Chairperson of the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) Board of Directors, Central Regional Chairperson for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), as well as the ACCT national Board of Directors.

Croudy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia State College, and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. She has been an educator in the Flint Community Schools for over 30 years. The Flint Panhellenic Council named Croudy “Citizen of the Year” for her outstanding community service. Community organizations she has been involved with include the Human Relations Commission, the Urban League Board of Directors, the YWCA, the Board of Directors for the Visually Impaired, the Salvation Army, One Hundred Women and the Voluntary Action Center. She has also served as the president of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

In 2007, Croudy was awarded the Governor George Romney Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm at the Governor’s Service Awards in Detroit.

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John Snell, Jr., D.V.M.

John Snell, Jr., D.V.M., Vice Chair
John Snell, Jr., D.V.M., was elected to his first term in office on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees in 1989. He was re-elected for a fourth six-year term on the board in 2007 and has served numerous positions on the board.

Snell is a doctor of veterinary medicine and owned and operated the Eascor Animal Hospital in Flint for many years. Prior to this position, he was a member of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Snell attended Michigan State University, where he earned his B.S. and D.V.M. degrees.

In addition to his work on behalf of the College, he is active in numerous civic, service and professional organizations including the Humane Society of Genesee County. In 2011, he was honored by his alma mater with their Distinguished Veterinary Alumnus Award.

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Albert Koegel

Albert Koegel, Treasurer
Albert J. Koegel was elected to his first term of office on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees in 1991. He was re-elected to his fourth six-year term in 2009. He has served as secretary and treasurer for the board. Koegel is an alumnus of Mott Community College (then Flint Junior College) and has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan.

Koegel owns and operates Koegel Meats, a Flint Township business his father founded, which employs more than 120 people. His public service interests and involvements include the Mott Children’s Health Center, the Flint Institute of Music, the Greater Flint Chamber of Commerce, and the Genesee Area Focus Council. He is also president of Sunset Hills Cemetery.

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Sally Shaheen Joseph

Sally Shaheen Joseph, J.D., Secretary
Sally Shaheen Joseph was elected to her first term of office on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees in 2007. An attorney, she brings over 30 years of experience in politics to MCC, serving as Township Trustee, Supervisor, City Administrator, Personnel Director, Risk Manager and Purchasing Agent. She is currently a board member of the Flint Area Salvation Army, Genesee Valley Rotary, and the Executive Board of the Arab-American Institute, as well as its National Policy Council. Ms. Joseph is also serving her third consecutive term as a member of the Michigan Women's Commission, most recently appointed to the position by Governor Jennifer Granholm in 2010.

A former president of the Michigan Public Risk Management Association, Ms. Joseph previously served as a board member of the Genesee County YWCA, Easter Seals, Michigan Women's Foundation, Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Planned Parenthood of East Central Michigan, Planned Parenthood of Michigan, and the Fair Winds Council of Girl Scouts of America. She is the 2000 recipient of Mott Community College's Carroll Clark Civic Service Award, and was named by the College as a Distinguished Alumna in 2011. Ms. Joseph has also received Rotary International's Paul Harris Award from Genesee Valley Rotary, the Salvation Army's Hands of Mercy Award, and in 2000 was named Woman of the Year by the American-Arab Heritage Council.

Sally Shaheen Joseph graduated from Mott Community College, University of Michigan-Flint and Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Rafael Christopher  Turner

Rafael Christopher Turner, Trustee
Rafael Turner was appointed by the Board in 2011, filling the vacancy made following the death of his mother, Trustee Celia M. Turner. Rafael, a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan-Flint, began his career as a legislative assistant in the office of United States Congressman Dale E. Kildee. His career led him to Washington D.C., where he served the residents of Michigan for over ten years, working with Congressman Kildee and then with United States Senator Carl Levin. His love for Flint brought him back home.

Turner earned his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint, where his involvement in both the campus and the community earned him the Distinguished Emerging Alumni Award from their Alumni Association. Rafael was selected to participate in the Rotary International Group Study Exchange to Brazil where he served to advance the Rotarian model of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Rafael currently serves as an executive board member of The Association of Community College Trustees. (ACCT) a non-profit educational organization of governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over 1,200 community, technical, and junior colleges in the United States and Canada.

In 2013, Rafael joined the staff at the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce as Manager of Community Outreach to the region’s lead business and economic development organization, he provides support to the Economic Development Business Unit by identifying opportunities for business investment and community involvement throughout Flint and Genesee County.

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Michael Freeman
Michael Freeman, Trustee
Michael Freeman was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Mr. Freeman is Program Director of Capacity Building at the Center for Community Progress. Michael, a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, began his career as a community organizer with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation/AmeriCorps program in 1994, where he worked to facilitate dialogue/consensus among community stakeholders, neighborhood planning, and community advocacy in Flint, Michigan. He later consulted directly with LISC in Michigan, administering HUD-supported technical assistance and training programs for community housing development organizations across the state.

In 2000, Michael became the Coordinator for Training and Technical Assistance at the Michigan Community Service Commission where he provided assistance to Michigan's national service programs. Technical assistance included strategic planning, financial/grant management, facilitative leadership, fund development, program 1 reporting, media planning, logic model, and other organizational development training. He went on to become the Program Officer for Michigan's AmeriCorps program, responsible for a portfolio of 26 programs, 1,000 AmeriCorps members and $7 million of federal funds each year.

In 2004, Michael returned to LISC as Senior Program Officer of the Flint Office of Michigan Statewide, where he provided technical assistance on real estate development projects/programs, economic initiatives, and capacity building activities for governmental entities, nonprofit, and community-based organizations. He was responsible for the investment of over $19 million in LISC investments in the City of Flint, which has leveraged over $65 million in private, tax credit and other funding for real estate development.

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Matthew Norwood

Matthew L. Norwood, Trustee
Trustee Matthew L. Norwood of Grand Blanc was appointed by the Board of Trustees to fill the vacant position created by the resignation of Trustee Pamela M. Faris. Mr. Norwood's appointment began on January 28, 2013. He will serve out the remainder of the term until December 31, 2014.

An attorney, he is the owner and operator of a Flint-based law practice specializing in criminal defense and driver's license restoration. Mr. Norwood practices statewide, with an emphasis on Genesee County. He has also worked as the judicial advisory assistant to Chief Judge Archie L. Hayman of the Genesee County 7th Circuit Court and as legislative assistant to the State of Michigan House of Representatives Office of the Clerk.

A third-generation Mott Community College alumnus, Mr. Norwood holds a Criminal Justice degree and a Juris Doctorate, both from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Michigan and Genesee County Bar Associations, and currently serves on the boards of New Paths, Inc. and the McFarlan Home. He is the founder and former chairperson of the Flint Cultural Center's Young Professional Council, and was Vice-Chair of the Foundation for Mott Community College. Mr. Norwood has also worked with the Greater Flint Arts Council and several other groups and organizations.

He is married to Jill. They have one son, Christian, and are currently expecting their second child.

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