Board of Directors with Affiliations
Gary Chenoweth – President In addition to being an ACTS volunteer, President and board member, Gary is also very active in Rotary. He loves the organization’s motto, Service Above Self. Gary serves as District 6290’s Governor in 2021-2022. Rotary Club of Elk Rapids is his home club. Gary and wife Mary attend New Hope Community Church.
John Messner – Vice President In July of 2020, John became pastor of the Unified Parish that includes Williamsburg, Fife Lake, and South Boardman United Methodist Churches. John previously lived in the Grand Traverse region before leaving for 13 years to serve two churches in Southwest Michigan. There he helped establish a food pantry, a free community meals program, and free store. He is also an active Lions Club member.
Lawrence H. Avery - Secretary Larry is a Financial Advisor with Advanced Financial Group, Inc., in Traverse City, with securities offered through LPL Financial. He is a former owner of Dill's Restaurant, and he is a member of the board of trustees for the Olde Towne Playhouse. Larry attends Kensington Church.
Lawrence E. Williams, CPA – Treasurer Larry is a former Vice President at Feast of Victory Lutheran Church, and is the owner of a certified public accounting firm, L. E. Williams & Company, P.C. He was the treasurer for the Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Twilight for many years, and is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. Larry also is an alumnus of Leadership Grand Traverse.
Carol J. Hockin – Board Member and Director of Operations Carol is the treasurer of Williamsburg United Methodist Church where she has also served as coordinator of the food pantry and Christmas baskets for the needy for many years. She has received many blessings from the folks that have been helped by this ministry. She was the elected Township Clerk in Whitewater Township for 12 years, retiring in 2012.
Sheryl Boucher (Sherry) - Board Member Sherry is a Registered Nurse with 30 years of experience & retired in 2017. She has volunteered at ACTS for many years. She is a MMC & MMC Hospice volunteer in the therapeutic harp program. She is a Music House Museum volunteer as well. She is a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Carolyn Synol - Board Member Carolyn has recently returned to her Michigan roots after a career in human services in Maine and the New York City metropolitan area. While she began in the field of early childhood education, more recently she worked as a fundraiser for agencies devoted to protecting children from abuse and neglect. With a specialty in foundation and government proposal writing, she spent about thirty years in this endeavor and now brings these skills to bear on ACTS' need to support the purchase of food for the pantry.
Mindy Aguilar – Board Member Mindy is the Director of Human Resources at a local Federally Qualified Health Center. She is a Certified Human Resources Professional with a Bachelors in Business Administration from Davenport University and a Masters in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She has about 14 years of non profit experience and is thankful for the opportunity to give back to local communities. Mindy attends Keswick United Methodist Church in Suttons Bay.