About Us


Board of Directors

The Ogemaw County EDC is administered by a Board of Directors representing various business sectors is appointed by the Ogemaw County Board of Commissioners. The board meets on the 3rd Monday of each month at 5:15 PM at the Michigan Works Region 7B Center, located at 2389 S. M-76 in West Branch.

Ami Edmonds


MidMichigan Health Park - West Branch

Ami Edmonds is the Manager of the MidMichigan Health Park in West Branch. The Health Park consists of Family Practice and Specialty Practices such as Neurology and OB/GYN. Ami has an extensive background in managing Rural Health Clinics. She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration at Baker College.

Duane Prince

Self Employed

Duane Prince is an active member of the following organizations, Moose Lodge of Skidway Lake, Chamber of Commerce of Skidway Lake, EDC board and the Goldwing Road Riders Association. He also serves on the Mills Township Board as Trustee and Gypsy Moth Surveyor. Duane is a past member of the Mills Township Fire Department. He is currently married to Laurel Lee and enjoys spending time with his two sons and three grandchildren.

Ellen Mier

West Branch Regional Medical Center

Ellen Mier is a resident of the city of West Branch with a commitment to support quality economic growth in Ogemaw county. She is an honors graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School, Central Michigan University and Macomb Community College. In her service, she will use her experience from restaurant, retail, insurance, manufacturing, education and nursing. She looks forward to new opportunities and challenges.

Heather Johnson

West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce

Heather Johnson is the Executive Director for the West Branch Area Chamber of Commerce where she helps attract, promote, grow businesses by providing services to members. Heather is also the Director of the West Branch Visitors Bureau which provides information the community, tourists, and those who inquire about the area. She received a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Wyoming and just recently became President of the West Branch Professional Women’s Group. She enjoys instructing clogging, Zumba, and line dance.

Jay Jacobs

Manager/Public Affairs Director

Consumers Energy

Jay Jacobs is Area Manager/Public Affairs Director for Northeastern Michigan for Consumers Energy. He is the Chairman of the Executive Board for Michigan Works! Region 7B and President of the Workforce Development Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a business owner -- J.L. Jacobs and Associates.

Jeanie Deckert

Wellness Coordinator

Bay County

Jeanie Deckert is a co-owner of Pro-Scape Landscaping & Maintenance out of Alger, with her husband Jim. She works full time as the Wellness Coordinator for Bay County and is an Independent Sales Consultant with Thirty-One Gifts. Jeanie attended Northwood University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a dual major in Marketing and Management. Not only has she been on the Economic Development Corporation Board since 2009, she has been the Treasurer for the West Branch Business and Professional Woman’s Club for the last four years; has participated in Relay for Life, Memory Walk, Senior Olympics, Ogemaw Young Professionals Club, and is on the Member Connections Committee for the Valley Society for Human Resource Management.

Jim Kloostra

Vice President

Mercantile Bank of Michigan West Branch

Jim Kloostra currently serves as Vice President of Mercantile Bank of Michigan West Branch. Jim is an Ogemaw Heights High School graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Accounting. Jim has been a part of the banking industry for over 23 years specializing in real estate, development, agriculture, manufacturing, motel, restaurant, service industry, dealerships (Auto & RV) banking.

Joseph Perrera


Whittemore-Prescott Area School District

Joseph Perrera has worked in public and private education for nearly twenty-five years. His classroom experience ranged from teaching third grade all subjects to middle school where he focused on math and science. Mr. Perrera entered administration in 2000 as an elementary principal where he served for ten years. He was then asked to take the reigns as high school principal in the same district. Mr. Perrera has served on local community organizations and has mentored at-risk youth through the national guard youth challenge program.Currently, Mr. Perrera is the superintendent of the Whittemore-Prescott Area School District.

Mandi Chasey


Ogemaw County EDC

Mandi Chasey has been Director of the Ogemaw County Economic Development Corporation since March of 2012, which is when the partnership with Michigan Works! officially began. She has a Masters in Public Administration, with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to the EDC, she worked at Grand Valley for six years as an event planner.

Mike Quigley


RC Tool and Machine, Inc.

Mike was born and raised in Ogemaw County. He has been in the manufacturing industry in Rose City for over 35 years, owning and operating his own businesses. He is a founding member of the Northeastern Michigan Industrial Association serving on the board since its inception. Mike enjoys listening to country music and cooking.

Margaret Winslow


West Branch Township

Margaret Winslow has been township clerk of West Branch Township since 1988. She represents the Ogemaw Co MTA on the EDC Board. Margaret serves on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals of the Township and act as Secretary of these meetings. Margaret has served on the Ogemaw Hills Recreation department since its inception and seen the development of beautiful ball fields, a disc golf course and exceptional community facilities at these places. Margaret is known for being a proud resident of Ogemaw County and is excited to watch the community grow.

Rick Benjamin

Vice President

Mercantile Bank of Michigan Rose City

Rick Benjamin is currently the manager and loan officer at the Rose City Branch of Mercantile Bank of Michigan, Vice President with the corporation and a 2010 graduate of the Robert M Perry School of banking at CMU. In addition to the financial industry, Rick also holds a Michigan Real Estate Broker’s License and has over 30 years of Real Estate sales experience. Rick is proud to have graduated from the first class to attend Ogemaw Heights High School.

Sue Delahanty


Ogemaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Sue Delahanty is chair of the Ogemaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. One of the major accomplishments of the authority was the clean-up of an old oil refinery site in Ogemaw county. Sue frequently works with local media to inform Ogemaw county on current road and other county projects. She believes, that over the last 25 years, the Ogemaw County Economic Development Corporation has played a vital role in the growth of our community.

Theresa Erickson

AVP, Branch Manager

Chemical Bank Rose City

Theresa Erickson has lived in Ogemaw County for 49 years. She started her working career with Farmers and Merchant State Bank in June, 1981. Through many bank mergers and buyouts now works at Chemical Bank. Theresa’s current position is AVP, Branch Manager of the Rose City office which she has held since 1997. She is a board member for the Rose City DDA/Rose City Planning Committee and recently joined the board for the Salvation Army covering the Rose City/Lupton area.

Dr. Tom Quinn


Kirtland Community College

Kirtland’s seventh president, Dr. Tom Quinn, is committed to providing access to world class educational opportunities to both current and prospective students. Under his direction, Kirtland Community College continually transforms existing programs and develops new programs designed to prepare graduates with relevant training and skills needed to strengthen workforces throughout the communities we serve.

In addition to facilitating opportunities for student success at Kirtland and beyond, his entrepreneurial spirit makes Kirtland a good corporate citizen. Dr. Quinn is very active in supporting economic development and works closely with a vast array of community, business and educational partners to create opportunities for growth and stability throughout our surrounding regions.

President Quinn has a vision for the future and this vision is to be a world class educational institution. He works closely with faculty, staff, students and community members to collectively accomplish this vision and support student achievement.