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Your one stop shop for all things JCI Michigan Election Related!

Being a leadership development organization, we encourage our members to become leaders within the organization.

If you would like information on running for a position on the JCI Michigan Board of Directors, please contact our Elections Chair, Dan and his team at elections@jcimi.org

The Elections Packet can be found here.
Contact dmoellering@jcimi.org for an editable form.

Important Dates:

Candidate Certification: July 27-31, 2019
Meet the Candidates: August 10, 2019
Elections: During Conference September 6th

The Candidates

President

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Chapter: Westland Area and Redford

Nominators: Westland Area and Greater Muskegon

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 Sarah Austin

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your career best?
I’m a Sr. International Assignment HR Specialist. I manage various aspects of global assignments & permanent relocation for the US & Canada. This includes immigration and tax compliance, relocation, compensation design & implementation. The thing I love most about my job is that I get to help people. From getting them the correct benefits for their family to making sure they have enough money in each country to cover expenses; and so many other things I make a difference in their lives.

What do you consider to be your greatest assets?
My three greatest assets are my attention to detail & compliance, my compassion, and my desire to make things better. In my professional and Jaycee career I have relied on this attention to detail to make sure my employees are not arrested and that my chapter is following the bylaws and policies established for their governance. My “heart” is the asset I am most proud of. I truly want to make the world a better place and want to make sure all those around me are taken care of & feel valued.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important aspect of the role of President is that of being a mentor & guide. She sets the example for the state and the direction and focus. She shows those who are on the journey with her how to overcome obstacles, keep their head up, rejoice in the victories and share what they learn in the process with those leaders who will come after them. She is challenged with lighting the fire in those that are just stepping up and fanning the flame of those who are already on their journey.

What would be the role of the board of directors in your administration?
The BOD is the life blood of the state organization. I would expect to have all board members involved in the discussions of what direction we head & how we plan to move the organization forward. My definition of “The Board” includes elected and appointed voting members as well as the appointed auxiliary and committee members. No matter your title, you should have a voice on the board. Many of the best ideas come from those who are new to the board and have fresh eyes to how we do things.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
I would like to look at how we divide the responsibilities and the structure of the PVP and MVP and their teams. If we look back on the structural changes we made in 2014 there are some great benefits & streamlining that resulted. Now that we are 5 years into the new structure we could make some minor changes to distribute the work between the Programing & Membership teams as well as provide chapters more clarity & resources related to the Community, Management and Individual Development areas.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?
Information sharing is one of our greatest needs right now. Over 55% of the membership of JCIMI has been a member 2 years or less. This means in many cases there is a loss of institutional knowledge on how to manage the framework structure and paperwork of a chapter. Things like how to do a chapter plan, how to do a press release, what a community survey should look like. Additionally, we need to do a better job of spreading the word about the amazing things that local chapters are doing

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
After 12 years as a Jaycee I have seen a lot of ways to do things; I have seen the state and my local chapter strong and I have seen us struggle. I was inspired to run for President because I realized that as a very “seasoned” Jaycee it was my responsibility to help lead this organization forward by taking what I had learned from our past, what I see us accomplishing now and using that to mentor and build up our future leaders so they can take this organization further than we can even imagine.

Programming Vice President

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Chapter: Livonia

Nominators: Livonia and Redford

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Jeri Behrmann

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do you most often fulfill for you career? What do you like about your career best?
My husband and I own Phoenix Law, a bankruptcy law firm in Livonia. I am passionate about assisting people from all kinds of backgrounds to get a fresh start by helping them manage their way out of debt, saving their homes, cars, and returning them to stability. This has been a great way to connect with others and offer a hand when they may need it most.

What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?
My greatest assets are my husband, my kids, and my parents. It is my husband who has encouraged and supported me to pursue my Jaycee path. We work very well together in all facets of our lives whether it be personally or professionally. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to raise my kids at home and grow with them. My kids have taught me a lot about myself. And my parents have spent almost all their vacation time, many nights, and weekends to watch their grandchildren while my husband and I fully live the Jaycee Creed. Without their support this wouldn’t be an option.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important role of Programming Vice President is communicating with the local chapters and their members to provide access to resources from the state to strengthen local chapter projects. I believe it is the Programming Teams job to inform chapters of the various opportunities JCI Michigan can provide and showing that membership has its benefits.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
I believe restructuring the role of the Programming Directors to better align with the local chapter board structures will ultimately improve communication with chapters and increase the quality and participation in the programming area. The current Programming Directors oversee Passport/Incentives, CLC, and Competitions which is only relevant when you are submitting for awards and recognition. If the Programming Directors were to match up with the “original” Areas of Opportunity which are Individual Development, Management, and Community than we could be more resourceful at assisting them throughout the year.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?
As of right now, the greatest need of JCI Michigan is finding the way to make the local chapters the “go to” organization in their community when something needs to get done. There are a few chapters who are already the pillars in their community and some chapters who are making head way to being that “go to” organization. This strengthens those chapters and makes them relevant in their communities long-term. Unfortunately, several local chapters are struggling to survive due to competition with other organizations in their community. Helping to increase these chapters relevance in the community through the types of projects that are being run may help them attract members and make them sustainable for the future.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
I have had the amazing opportunity to serve on JCI Michigan Board of Directors for several years in various capacities. Most recently, I’m serving as a Programming Director of Competitions under the current Programming Vice President. This has allowed me to run Competitions and do trainings at conference for local chapter members. I am inspired to run for Programming Vice President to strengthen the quality of programming which can increase participation at projects and ultimately increase membership.

Membership Vice President

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Chapter: Kalamazoo

Nominators: Kalamazoo and Redford

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Carol Pickelmann

What is your current employment and what types of responsibilities do
you most often fulfill for your career? What do you like about your
career best?
By day, I am a Treatment Plan Specialist at the Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research. I spend my days not only working one on one with children and teenagers with autism, but also training staff to do the same. I love to see the daily impact we have on the lives of the families we serve. Plus, sometimes I get paid to play video games, which is pretty neat.

What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?
My three greatest assets are dedication, compassion and enthusiasm. With these powers combined, I am a hard-working cheerleader that will stop at nothing to watch my team succeed.

What is the most important role of the position you are running for?
The most important role of Membership Vice President is to be both cheerleader and mentor. Being JCI Michigan’s number one fan and spreading that idea throughout the State, the Country and the World. At the same time, being available for guidance or problem solving and sharing tools needed to build strong chapters is vital for success.

Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?
In 2016, I developed a membership project based on guerrilla marketing techniques that I learned in my theater life. I plan to work with each chapter to take this idea to the next level. Recruiting can be easy and fun and I’m planning to prove that in 2020. As for programs, I am extremely passionate about personal development projects aimed at potential members in their late teens and early twenties. I am hoping to create committees for both of these efforts next year.

What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?
JCI Michigan, we need to make noise. We are part of the greatest young persons organization in the World and we need everyone to know that. We need to remind the community that JCI is a valuable asset. When more people who know about the amazing leaders we build, more young leaders will step up and join us.

What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?
While at the last National Conference, I had the privilege to hear our World President speak about Membership. He says that if we continue on the path we are currently on, there will not be a JCI in twenty years. I find this entirely unacceptable. I am now on a personal mission to use my last five Jaycee years to help this organization grow stronger any way that I can.

District Directors

District 2 - Jennifer Groom

District 3 - Carena Townsend

District 4 - Christopher Crawford