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.

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.

Heather Neuhaus

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Grabow

Reliable Billing

Steve Loomis

First Federal

Kent Allen

West Branch Regional Medical Center

Brenda Simmons

Ogemaw County Commissioner

Phil Durst

Michigan State University Extension