OWOSSO — Memorial Healthcare’s Board of Trustees this week announced it has named a new chairman, and added two new members.

The changes took place at the board’s annual meeting in May.

Gregory Bontrager was elected board chairman. Bontrager was raised in Owosso and went on to become the president and chief operating officer of the American Cancer Society worldwide. With its global headquarters in Atlanta, the American Cancer Society is the world’s largest nonprofit voluntary health organization with nearly $1 billion in annual revenue, 3 million volunteers, 6,000 employees, and a presence in many countries around the world.

New members welcomed to the board include Donna McAvoy, regional banking president of Chemical Bank and John Hagel, director of business development at SET SEG.

Departing from the board, after completing his three years of service, was Frank Fear.

Bontrager was a primary architect of the largest organizational transformation/merger of a nonprofit in U.S. history. Now retired from the American Cancer Society, he is still active as a consultant and executive coach, as well as serving on several boards, including Pleasant View and the Department of Siawassee County Health and Human Services.

“We are extremely fortunate to have an individual with this caliber of experience leading our Board of Trustees,” Memorial President/CEO Brian L. Long said in a prepared statement.

Rounding out the slate of officers is Vice Chairman Tony Young; Treasurer Wilfred “Bill” Farrell and Secretary Jerry Walden.

The remaining Trustee include Barbara BakerOmerod, Dr. Ronald Bishop, Thomas Campbell, James Civille, Dale Espich, Shana Espinoza, John Hagel, Jacklyn Hurd, Dr. Michael Kramer, Brian Long, Donna McAvoy, Dr. Anthony Patsy and Dr. Michael Schmidt.

“I would like to thank Tony Young for his years of service as our chairman and welcome him to his new role as our vice chairman of the board. Tony’s leadership and guidance throughout the past years has been and continues to be sincerely appreciated. Your tireless efforts and commitment to Memorial Healthcare is in keeping with the highest traditions of governance leadership here at Memorial,” Long said.

McAvoy rejoins the board after relocating to Owosso from the Traverse City area. As regional president of Chemical Bank, she provides management and oversight of business development and philanthropic efforts for Chemical Bank’s banking network located throughout northern Michigan, including the locations and operations associated with the recent acquisition of Northwestern Bank.

Hagel works for SET SEG, a school insurance specialty company. With more than 30 years of experience in the educational field, he served as superintendent for the Shiawassee Regional Education Service District for 12 years and superintendent of Clinton County Regional Education Service District for four years before retiring and entering the private sector.

“I know I speak for the entire Board when I say we are excited to have both of these very capable leaders join our ranks to help further support and guide this organization,” Long said.

Memorial Healthcare is governed by a volunteer board. The board is comprised of representatives from the community, auxiliary, foundation and medical staff.

According to the hospital’s 2017 IRS form 990, the most recent available, the facility claimed $148.3 million in gross revenues.

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