BOARD MEMBERS

Douglass Bacon

Board President

Jess Blauwkamp is the self-contained middle school teacher. She graduated from Cornerstone University in 2017 with a degree in special education, as well as history and English. She loves working with middle school students because she loves to see and be a part of both the academic and social growth that happens in middle school. Jess has spent time teaching in a variety of educational settings, including teaching outdoor education and leading adventure experiences in camp settings. She came to G2S because of the unique learning opportunities G2S offers to its students by using the project-based learning model. In her free time, Jess likes to crochet, sew, and go rock climbing and hiking. 

Douglass Bacon

Board President

Mr. Bacon had an eclectic career as a small business owner, an entrepreneur, 27 years as a special projects automotive engineer and the facilities director for Saline Area Schools for over 10 years helping to revive and maintain his former campus. Mr. Bacon brings more than a facilities management perspective to the G2S Board. His success came from the willingness to learn by getting his hands dirty. It wasn’t until Mr. Bacon had the opportunity to work with alternative education students in his position at Saline that he understood his own frustrations in school and relates to those students. He inspired students like his art teacher inspired him. He remains an artist, and a friend to his former art teacher to this day.

Margaret Mitchell

Board Vice President

Ms. Mitchell is retired from public education after spending 40 years as a special educator and administrator.  She was intricately involved in programming and curriculum for special children and worked to provide cutting edge professional development for Oakland county special educators. Her professional focus was to find new teaching techniques and programs for students who are unsuccessful in a traditional school program. Ms. Mitchell continues to be active and volunteers in her community. From her volunteer spirit to her extensive knowledge and experience, Ms. Mitchell is a valued member of our team.

Wayne Brown

Board Treasurer

Wayne E. Brown was born, raised, and plans to live in Mason County all of his life.  He previously owned the family farm as well as several other businesses over the years.  He currently owns the Wayne E. Brown Insurance Agency, LLC and has done so for the past 30 years.  He feels lucky to have lived and raised his family in this area which he loves.  He feels that it is time to give back to the community with his time and knowledge by supporting education in Mason County.  He also holds a position on several boards in the area.

Michelle King

Board Secretary

Dr. King worked a few years as a career counselor at Lansing Community College, a few years teaching psychology at Indiana University Kokomo, a few years as a corporate instructional designer, and then a whole lotta’ years (23 and counting) as Director of Sales & Marketing for Metalworks, in Ludington.   She’s an educator at heart and by training, with a Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing (lifelong!) Education.   From the perspective of an area employer, Michelle is most interested in seeing G2S students graduate with skills and abilities that will serve them well as employees.  She’s excited to support G2S; good things are happening here, and the future employers of our students are the beneficiaries.

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Kirk Myers

Board Member

Western Michigan Fair Association, and on the board  while teaching at Westshore Community College. He has been an American Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor. Been a long-time member of the of his adult life. From being an ambulance attendant working at the hospital in Ludington to driving an ambulance in Lansing while going to school, to working at the sheriff’s department in Mason County, Mr. Myers moved to Mason County in 1968 with his parents. He has worked serving the public for most for Western Michigan Health Services, Inc. for the last ten years. He also is an active member of the Gideon’s International. But the most life-changing event in his life was when his middle daughter was born with Spinal Bifida. He learned quickly about special needs children and the opportunities that are available to them and those that are not, giving him a new appreciation for children that are perceived to be different or don’t fit in, resulting in his involvement with Project Respeto (Law Enforcement and Migrant Farm workers),Northwest Michigan Health Center, Inc, and Gateway to Success Academy.

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