The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation announced the election of five new directors to its board: Bart Blystone, Karmen Fox, Sherry Knight, Ryan Longoria and Terrie Zitzelsberger.
Blystone, Fox, Knight, Longoria and Zitzelsberger join nineteen other trustees at the head of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity founded in 1990. Its mission is to improve the quality of lives of all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowment funds from a wide range of donors, meeting needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on key community issues.
Bart Blystone is a partner at Blystone & Bailey, CPAs, where he oversees audit, compliance and internal control services, as well as tax planning for businesses and individuals. Blystone has been active in the community since returning to his hometown in 2017.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors of Renaissance Public School Academy, as well as the Accounting Business Advisory Council of GI-Tech. Center. Blystone was
active on the Community Foundation’s Finance Committee and Scholarship Committee for the past few years. A 2010 graduate of Alma College, Blystone lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife and daughter.
“The Community Foundation is a great asset to the Mt. Pleasant area,” Blystone said. “I am honored to be part of an organization that focuses on so many key issues in our community.”
Karmen Fox is the Executive Director of Health at Nimkee Memorial Wellness Center, located on the Isabella Indian Reservation. A member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, Fox is passionate about her family, her community, and the pursuit of the greater good for the citizens of Isabella County.
She has served on the Girls on the Run Board of Directors, the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe Higher Education Council, the Society of Public Health Executives Board of Directors, the Public Health Program Advisory Board of the Central Michigan University and is a former member of the Mt. Pleasant Jaycees. Fox enjoys volunteering and has shared his time and talents serving the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival, Girls on the Run as a coach and mentor. and the Isabella County Restoration House.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors and its new Community Leadership Committee,” she said. “I look forward to helping unite diverse institutions and resources in our community that together can create meaningful and positive impact.”
Sherry Knight returned to her alma mater, Central Michigan University, in 2012 as Associate Vice President of University Communications. In this role, she reconnected with Mt. Pleasant and formed relationships with many people who work to shape the community for the benefit of its residents, businesses and visitors.
Knight and her husband, Jim, now run Paladin Communications, a marketing and communications company. She sits on the boards of the Renaissance Public School Academy and the MountainTown Singers, the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society which has a championship men’s choir and a family choir open to all.
Knight previously served on the United Way board and helped lead CMU’s annual campaign. She will continue as a member of the Community Foundation’s Community Relations Committee and has also joined the Community Leadership Committee.
“The Community Foundation helps local charities increase their capacity and impact. It is an honor to serve on the Board of Directors and to join the hundreds of donors and volunteers who support initiatives that improve lives,” said Knight.
Ryan Longoria joined the Mt. Pleasant community in 2015 as Director of Recreation and Sports for the City of Mt. Pleasant. He is active in the Mt. Pleasant Kiwanis Club and serves on the board of the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Longoria previously served on the board of directors for Isabella County Habitat for Humanity and the scholarship committee for the Community Foundation. He will continue as a member of the Community
Foundation Community Relations Committee and also joined the Community Leadership Committee.
Longoria holds a bachelor’s degree from MSU and a master’s degree from CMU, where he currently teaches in the sports management program. He is also active in a number of regional, state and national advisory groups, committees and councils. When not working, Longoria enjoys watching and attending sporting events and concerts, spending time with his nieces and nephews, and staying involved in his various community commitments.
“Mt. Pleasant is a very special place and I seek every opportunity to surround myself with the people and organizations that are committed to keeping it that way,” Longoria said. a collective effort.I enjoy being involved in community groups and organizations that are continually looking for ways to improve the quality of life for area residents and to make the Mt. Pleasant area a great place to live, work and play.
Terrie Zitzelsberger is a Certified Financial Planner and co-owner of Total Investment Planners, Inc. with her husband, Mark and son Chad. His past community involvement includes service at the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce, Sacred Heart Parish, Art Reach of Mid Michigan, and United Way.
Zitzelsberger currently serves as treasurer of the Isabella County Restoration House, as well as a member of the St. Joseph the Worker Pastoral Council. She and her husband have three children and five grandchildren.
“I am delighted to serve again as a Trustee of the Community Foundation after a 2-year absence,” said Zitzelsberger. “I am impressed with how the organization is able to help so many local charities improve the quality of life in our community. »
To learn more about the Community Foundation, visit www.mpacf.org.