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

Juliet Johnson, 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

David Fernandez, Van Buren County


Board Meeting Calendar for FY2020-21

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 on the third Wednesday, rotating locations throughout our tri-county service area. Board meetings start at 6:00pm, unless otherwise stated.

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. If an event has a physical location, the public may attend the meeting in-person.

October 21, 2020: Meeting via Microsoft Teams

November 2020: NO MEETING due to Annual Stuff-A-Truck

December 16, 2020: Meeting via Microsoft Teams

January 20, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams

February 17, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams

March 17, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams      

April 21, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams       

May 19, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams         

***June 16, 2021: Meeting via Microsoft Teams - *Rescheduled to Monday, June 21 

July 21, 2021: Van Buren Conference Center: 490 S. Paw Paw St, Lawrence, MI 49064

August 18, 2021: Cass District Library: 319 Hwy M-62 North, Cassopolis, MI 49031

September 15, 2021: TBD

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 2020

December 2020

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

April 2021

May 2021

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021