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, which includes Williamsburg, Fife Lake, and South Boardman United Methodist Churches. John previously lived in the Grand Traverse region before leaving to serve two churches for 13 years 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. John is excited to be back in Northern Michigan and for the opportunity to serve on the ACTS board.
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, and is an Alumnus of Leadership Grand Traverse.
Carol J. Hockin – Board Member and Food Pantry Director 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.
Terry Miller – Board Member Terry is retired after working in high-technology communications for many years. He enjoys time with grandchildren, local history and singing bass. Terry is also an active member of Elk Rapids Rotary. He is a member at Central Methodist Church.
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. Along with her husband and other family members, she now enjoys retirement.
Wayne Potter – Board Member Wayne is the Director of Youth and Family Life Ministries at First Presbyterian Church Elk Rapids. He embraces the concept of combining youth, Christian Education, and family life responsibilities in one position. Wayne also drives a school bus. He has become a fan-favorite driver for generations of school children.
Angie Keas – New Board Member Angie Keas is a local chiropractic physician with a heart for community. She is not currently in practice, but continues to work with health and wellness issues in underserved populations. She was formerly president of the Acme Business Association and volunteers in various community projects. Her background includes chiropractic care, public speaking, consulting, and university teaching experience. Angie leads Outreach at ACTS and continues to help with Marketing.