Board of Directors

SMCAA is very fortunate to have dedicated individuals from all walks of life serving on our Board of Directors. They include elected officials, business and professional representatives, and consumer representatives. Together, they are a cross-section of the communities we serve and we are grateful for the time and talent they dedicate to improving their communities and the lives of people across Southwest Michigan.

SMCAA is a better, more efficient, and more effective agency because of their service.

The SMCAA Board of Directors is a tripartite board consisting of equal parts of local private sector, public sector, and low-income community representatives. SMCAA operates with a nine member board:

  •  3 public sector members, one from each of our service counties

  •  3 private sector members, one from each of our service counties

  •  3 people who represent low-income community consumers

Public Members

Julie Wuerfel, Berrien County

Robert Benjamin, Cass County

Gail Patterson-Gladney (Secretary), Van Buren County

Private Members

Gerrod Moore, Berrien County

Minnie Warren (Chair), Cass County

Kathy Lyons (Treasurer), Van Buren County

Consumer Members

​Corey Christopher (Vice-Chair), Berrien County

Michael Franks, Cass County

Meagan Underwood (At-Large), Van Buren County

Gerrod Moore
Gerrod Moore

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Kathy Lyons
Kathy Lyons

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Minnie Warren
Minnie Warren

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Gerrod Moore
Gerrod Moore

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Board Meeting Calendar for FY2021-22

Review the calendar below for dates, locations, and times for board meetings. (The SMCAA Calendar year runs October-September.) Contact us if you have any questions. The board meets monthly, rotating locations throughout our tri-county service area. 

As of August 2021, SMCAA's Board of Directors' meetings will be held in-person at the locations listed below. The public is welcome to attend all SMCAA Board of Directors' meetings.

Notice: A special meeting of the SMCAA Board of Directors will be held at the Cass County Administration Building on April 20, 2022 at 5:30pm. This meeting will discuss the findings of the Board’s Self-Evaluation and set target goals for the Board to be achieved within the next year.

If an event has a physical location, the public may attend the meeting in-person. If a meeting is held virtually, it will be held through Microsoft Teams. The public may obtain the virtual meeting's access code on the SMCAA Facebook Page > Events > Current Month Meeting

Berrien County Admin Building
701 Main St., St. Joseph, MI 49085
208 E. Delaware St., Decatur, MI 49045
Cass County Admin Building
2nd Floor, 120 N. Broadway, Cassopolis, MI 49031
Van Buren Conference Center
490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI 49064
SMCAA Warehouse
331 Miller St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
December TBD
Boulevard Hotel
521 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Board Meeting Minutes

Per the Community Service Policy Manual - Item 210 for Tripartite Board Meetings, SMCAA shall make available to the public the monthly Board of Director's meeting minutes. 


October 2021

December 2021

January 2022

February 2022

March 2022


April 2022

May 2022

June 2022

August 2022

September 2022