Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Community Foundation Welcomes New Directors

The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Directors to its Board, Emma Powell and Steve Pung.

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Powell is a resident of Mt. Pleasant and works as a faculty member at Central Michigan University in the Political Science & Public Administration Department. She is also the Campus Director for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. Powell has served on the Community Relations and Scholarship Committees of the Community Foundation, and has recently taken on the role of Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) Advisor. When asked about her increasing involvement with the Community Foundation, Powell said, “I am looking forward to engaging with the YAC and to learning more about the needs of youth in Isabella County. The Foundation supports a multitude of initiatives and organizations, and I am thankful to have been asked to serve the community through MPACF.”

Following his graduation from Central Michigan University, Steve Pung made Mt. Pleasant his home. After 37 years of working for Isabella Bank, he retired as President in 2015. Pung has a long history of volunteerism in Mt. Pleasant, including service to the United Way and McLaren Central Michigan. He has previously served on the Foundation’s Scholarship, Community Relations, and Development Committees. He currently serves as a Trustee for Art Reach of Mid-Michigan, Isabella Bank Foundation, and is President of the Chippewa Watershed Conservancy. “I was very pleased to be asked to serve again on the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” Pung said. “I have always been impressed with the Foundation’s impact on our community through numerous grants and scholarships while providing leadership on key community issues. I look forward to learning more about important community issues and needs, and striving to make a positive impact in our community.”

Powell and Pung join twenty-two other community members who serve as Directors representing a wide range of professional expertise and organizational experience: Jay Anders, Jill Bourland, Bill Chilman, Shirley Martin Decker, Cheryl Gaudard, Dyke Heinze, Chuck Hubscher, Al Kaufmann, Dave Keilitz, Bob Long, Rick McGuirk, Linda Morey, Lon Morey, Mary Ann O'Neil, Marcie Otteman, Laura Richards, Brian Rush, Michelle Sponseller, Jan Strickler, Bob Wheeler, and Bryan Wieferich. The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity that seeks to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grantmaking and providing leadership on key community issues.