Chris Martin is DI's first employee in the history of our organization. In the last few years DI's growth has resulted in our immediate need to hire our first full-time staff member. We are confident that his addition will pay huge dividends for the continued growth of DI and economic development in Iosco County.
Martin is currently the Baldwin Township Supervisor. In addition to also being a licensed residential builder, Martin serves on the 911 Central Dispatch Board, the Huron Shores Regional Utility Authority, and the Kiwanis Club.
He can be reached by email at email@example.com
Develop Iosco's Board of Directors is comprised of local government leaders, small business owners, academic representatives, and economic development leaders.
Founder, G. Brooks & Associates LLC & The Michigan Meatball Company
Retired, Nonprofit Hospice Executive
South Branch, MI
Iosco County Board of Commissioners
Au Sable Township, MI
Community Affairs Manager - Northeast Michigan
Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce
Apprentice Program Manager
Kalitta Air LLC
Chief Operations Officer, Workforce Development, MI Works! Region 7B
Strategy & Development Director
Owner, Proof Bakehouse
East Tawas, MI
December 8, 2023
For Immediate Release:
IOSCO, MICH. –– Develop Iosco (DI) approved five new board members at its November and December board meetings. The new members are Samantha Duvall, Jamie Cain, Pam O’Loughlin, Frances Ommani and Scott Peters.
Jamie Cain lives in Oscoda and is currently the Superintendent of Iosco RESA. He has close to 30 years of experience in the public education field and brings a visionary and innovative mindset to DI.
When asked why he wanted to join the DI Board, Cain said “I want to help serve and meet authentic needs within our county and region and leverage possible education solutions where applicable.”
Samantha Duvall lives in East Tawas and is currently the Executive Director of the Tawas Area Chamber of Commerce. Duvall brings events and fundraising experience to the board and will be involved in initiatives related to tourism, travel and recreation.
When asked why she joined DI, Duvall responded: “I joined Develop Iosco so I can help promote not just the Tawas Area but Iosco County as a whole. A large part of my job at the TACC is to help foster growth in the Tawases. When tourists spend money within the local economy, it creates jobs and stimulates economic growth. This support is vital for our small businesses in the community.”
Pam O’Laughlin is the Chief Operations Officer for Workforce Development at MI Works! Region 7B and has more than 10 years of experience in Community and Economic Development and more than 28 years of experience in Healthcare Management. She will be serving on the Quad County Childcare Coalition (QCCC).
When asked why she wanted to join the DI Board, O’Laughlin responded that she wanted “to help provide resources and connect workforce development to Economic Development and be a good partner to DI.”
Frances Ommani lives in Oscoda and is the Strategy & Development Director for NEMSCA. She is a Certified Poverty Educator and holds multiple leadership certifications. Ommani will be involved in initiatives related to communications, membership, governance and the Quad County Childcare Coalition.
When asked why she was interested in joining the DI Board, Ommani said that “it offers the chance to foster the growth and prosperity of a community or region, cultivating a sense of civic responsibility and making a positive impact on the local economy.”
Scott Peterslives in Tawas City and is the Senior Vice President, Market Manager (Michigan) for Grand Ridge National Bank. Peters has an extensive lending background with concentration in commercial and residential real estate, land development, construction, and manufacturing. He is also proficient in financial and risk analysis and will employ those skills in his new role as DI Treasurer.
When asked why he was interested in joining the DI Board, Peters said that he wanted “to help with the overall economic growth and prosperity of our community and region.”
For Immediate Release
August 18, 2022
IOSCO COUNTY, MICH. –– Develop Iosco (DI) approved four new board members at its May and August board meetings. The new members are Chris Martin, Chris Young, Angel Melendez and Julie Shellenbarger.
Chris Martin lives in East Tawas and is currently the Baldwin Township Supervisor. In addition to also being a licensed residential builder, Martin serves on the 911 Central Dispatch Board, the Huron Shores Regional Utility Authority, and the Kiwanis Club. When asked why he joined DI, Martin responded: “I joined Develop Iosco because I am a community leader that believes in the potential of Iosco County. I also have two young children that I want to be successful in our community. Rather than growing up and having to leave the area because of a lack of opportunities, I want to see my children, as well as other children, grow up to be successful in Iosco County. Being a member of DI is a big part of making that a reality. After attending only one DI community meeting, I was able to see that this organization is the key to pulling together Iosco County’s potential for a brighter future.”
Chris Young lives in Tawas City and is currently the Assistant Director at the Oscoda Campus of Alpena Community College. She holds an M.A. in Leadership, B.S. in Public Relations, A.A.S. in Marketing and will serve as the Communications Officer. When asked why she joined DI, Young responded: “I grew up in Tawas and returned after 24 years of traveling the world. I love my hometown and recognize the value and potential in Iosco County. While I don’t have all the answers, I’m confident that if problem solvers work together, we can find solutions to the major issues that impact our county. You can’t make a difference if you’re not at the table.”
Angel Melendez has been a resident of Oscoda for 35 years. He is currently the Apprentice Program Manager for Kalitta Air LLC. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, A.A.S. in Aircraft Maintenance Technology and is a Certified Occupational Instructor. In addition, Angel serves on the Workforce Development Board for Michigan Works. When asked why he joined DI, Melendez responded: “I joined Develop Iosco because I see opportunities for improvement and continued growth in Iosco County. I’m eager to be part of the facilitation and development effort that will create these opportunities and lead us to success in our community.”
Julie Shellenbarger lives in East Tawas and is the owner of Proof Bakehouse. She also has over thirty years in Human Resources Management in both Professional Sports & Entertainment, as well as in Manufacturing. When asked why she joined DI, Shellenbarger offered: “Passion for preservation and growth. Having spent a great portion of my life in rural-tourist communities, I’m keenly aware of the challenges it faces. My family and I spend a lot of time in our Huron National Forest and local waters; from recreation, to maintaining trails, to keeping a watchful eye on areas of deterioration. As a small business owner, the journey to a dream in a small town can be arduous, but small town doesn’t have to mean small opportunities. Our beautiful area has a plethora of unrealized options for development, but we have work to do; from addressing vacant buildings, homes, and blight, to cultivating ideas for new opportunities. I am excited be a part of this Board who shares this passion to Develop Iosco!
DI invites problem solvers, business owners, civic leaders and community members interested in economic development to participate in community meetings either virtually or in person. Dates and locations can be found on DI’s website under “Community Meetings.” Quarterly meetings rotate from townships within Iosco County and feature important business topics and interactive work groups.
For more detailed DI information visit the DI website at www.develop-iosco.org You can also follow DI on Facebook and LinkedIn.