Community Foundation Adds New Trustees

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of four (4) new trustees; John Doskoch, Don Jess, Fred Malpass and Pete Plastrik.

John Doskoch joins the Board of Trustees as a representative from Charlevoix. John works as an independent Certified Financial Planner practitioner and investment advisor. John is active in the community, serving as a member of the Charlevoix Public Library Board of Directors and as the past chair of the Finance Council at St. Mary’s Church. John also supports the youth soccer program as a referee. His free time is spent engaged in his passions of aerial drone photography, fishing, boating and hiking. John is a graduate of The University of Michigan. While there, he met his wife, Geralyn. The couple has two adult children, Jacob and Julia. “I’m honored to serve as a member of the Community Foundation Board of Trustees,” he said, adding, “I see the benefits the organization brings to the community and I’m looking forward to doing my part to help the Community Foundation grow in the years ahead.”

Don Jess will also represent the Charlevoix area on the Board of Trustees. Don owns and operates the Charlevoix Insurance Agency and is also a part owner of the new Charlevoix Fitness Center. Don is a member of the Board of Directors of the First Step Foundation, the Rotary Club of Charlevoix, Charlevoix Little League and Charlevoix Pop Warner. He is a past President of the Rotary Club, and a past Board Chair of the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce. An Alma College graduate, Don served Charlevoix High School as the Head Varsity Football Coach for 10 seasons, and currently coaches youth football, wrestling, basketball and baseball. Don, and his wife Jennifer, have two boys, Brady and Collin. “I enjoy giving back to the community and I’m so pleased to have the chance to serve the Community Foundation,” he said, noting, “it’s a great organization that has a tremendous impact locally.”

Fred Malpass will represent the East Jordan area on the Board of Trustees. Fred is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of EJ. He formerly held the position of President, a position he held for the better part of three decades. Fred is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Rotary Club of East Jordan. Fred enjoys supporting East Jordan High School sports teams, and, with his family, is an avid MSU Spartan fan. Fred and his wife, Barbara, have four grown children and eleven (11) grandchildren. “It will be a real honor to serve the Charlevoix County Community Foundation as a Trustee,” he said, adding, “the Community Foundation has made such a difference in improving the quality of life here, and it’s exciting to think about being a part of the future of such a solid organization.”

Pete Plastrik will serve as a representative of Beaver Island. A consultant and author, Pete cofounded and is the vice president of Innovation Network for Communities, a nonprofit organization that works across the United States focused on the sustainability of cities, workforce development and the development of social impact networks. He has served as the chief deputy of the Michigan Department of Commerce, president of the Michigan Strategic Fund and executive director of the Governor’s Cabinet Council on Jobs and Economic Development. Pete, and his wife Deb, have lived year-round on Beaver Island since 2004. He has served as a director of the Beaver Island Boat Company and has contributed strategic planning services to several island organizations. “I am eager to join the Board of Trustees,” he said, adding, “and I’m looking forward to working with the other Trustees to continue to increase the Foundation’s impact.”

Jack Poindexter, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, is looking forward to working with the new trustees. “John, Don, Fred and Pete are great additions to our team at the Community Foundation. They’re active and well-respected citizens in their communities, and they bring a lot of expertise to the table,” Poindexter said, adding, “the Community Foundation is so fortunate to be able to attract such capable and qualified people, and I’m looking forward to engaging with them to benefit the Charlevoix County community.”

Including the new appointments, the Foundation's Board of Trustees includes fifteen members, representing all regions of Charlevoix County. Other trustees include; Carol Burton of Beaver Island; Bill Aten of Boyne Falls; Michelle Cortright, Evelyn Howell, Josette Lory and Lori Meeder of Boyne City; Perry Irish Hodgson and Bob Hoffman of Charlevoix; and Scott Diller, Jack Poindexter and Tami Vincent of East Jordan.