Campaign 2021

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, Jeri Leigh and her team at elections@jcimi.org

The Elections Packet can be found here.
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Important Dates:

2020 Annual Election Timeline:
● July 18 2020 – Certification Process Begins.
● August 1, 2020 – Meet the Candidates (MTC): Location TBD
● August 1, 2020 – Ballots will be mailed to chapters
● September 1, 2020 - Ballots must be received and/or postmarked
● September 12, 2020 – Results will be announced and published
● October 9-11, 2020 - Swearing in of elected candidates
● October 11, 2020 – 2021 Appointments & Interest meeting. Other meetings TBD by the 2021
board elects.

The Candidates

President

Adam Bonarek, Redford Junior Chamber, Candidate for 97th JCI Michigan President

Adam Bonarek

Candidate for President

Redford Jaycees

Facebook.com/AdamFor97

Nominating Chapter

1st Redford Jaycees

2nd JCI Kalamazoo

  • 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?

Finance & Risk Director for Redford Township. I was appointed to this position after serving 6 years as an elected official. I manage and execute a $70M annual budget, negotiate contracts, and work with the chief administrator on long-term planning and development. I am an owner at the Coeus Creative Group, a marketing and training development company with a focus on understanding behavior. My work there also focuses on strategic planning and long-term thinking. I love seeing goals become reality.

  • What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

Passion. Those who have worked with me know that I am deeply passionate about what we do in JCI and I am willing to share that passion with everyone I speak to.

Communication. I know how to build a team, manage personalities, and play to people’s strengths. I know how important it is to actively listen and act with intention.

Grounded. I know that decisions must be strategic, rooted in data, and made with a long-term view. I have the experience both in and out of the organization to do just that.

  •  What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

Being the Leader. The state president sets the standard in many ways. How the Board of Directors operates, how the state interacts with both local chapters and local members, how the state is perceived by JCI USA and JCI, and how the state organization is perceived by our current and future external partners.

  •  What would the role of the state board of directors be in your administration?

First and foremost, to be a highly-functioning team. We cannot be of support to anyone else if we are not a support to each other first. Our team retreat will be focused on brainstorming and coming together as one. Second, to be a resource. Our job as a state organization is to provide support, resources, ideas, inspiration, and guidance to the local chapter and the local members.

  • Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

To establish an annual Advocacy Day in Lansing. JCI USA partners with the UN Foundation every year to send members to our nation’s capital to advocate for the funding needed to eradicate malaria. I want to see us establish a similar program here in Michigan which will give our members the opportunity to meet with our elected officials to advocate on what matters most to us back home. It may start small, but I know we have the resources to pull it off.

  • What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

Pre Covid-19? Membership. Post Covid-19? Membership. For recruitment, our focus should be on Generation Z – they will be turning 26 in 2021 and there are millions of them. For retention, we must find ways to provide more value than ever in a virtual setting due to COVID. Membership must be our focus, and as always, membership must have benefits. But what that means needs to be redefined for our new post-COVID reality and a new generation of rising leaders.

  •  What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

JCI has played a pivotal role in my life for nearly 20 years, and I have been fortunate to work side-by-side with many talented leaders who have helped make me become the person I am today. I want to pay it forward, by using my experience and knowledge to provide the same or even greater opportunities for future leaders in this organization.

Anna Versalle Headshot Photo

Anna Versalle

Candidate for President

JCI Kalamazoo

Facebook.com/AnnaVersalle97

Website

Nominating Chapter

1st JCI Kalamazoo

2nd JCI Greater Muskegon

  • 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 am Departmental Manager with the State of Michigan in the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget. My team is responsible for issuing and maintaining the Virtual Private Network access to the State of Michigan Network. My favorite things about my career are the opportunities to help my staff learn new skills and grow their careers.

  • What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

My ability to listen and focus on the message being sent.
Willingness to step outside of my comfort zone and get into the place that allows for true learning.
A drive to empower those around me to be successful.

  • What is the most important role of the position you are running for? 

The most important role of JCI MI President is to listen first and talk second. As the leader of the statewide organization it’s important to ensure that feedback from the members is sought, considered, and acted on.

  •  What would the role of the state board of directors be in your administration? 

The State Board of Directors would be responsible to managing and implementing the day to day work of the organization, including overseeing teams and committees as needed. I would also expect that the State Board is connecting with local organizations to assist in their operational needs.

  • Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement? 

I would like to implement State Board Office Hours as a monthly zoom/call in option for members to add an additional contact channel.  I would like to implement a Strategic Plan Committee - with a chair and committee members (3-5) to focus on all aspect of planning and implementation.

  • What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now? 

The greatest need of our organization right now is to deliver on what we promise. JCI is a leadership organization designed to empower young active citizens to create positive change. We currently suffer from an identity crisis – between branding issues and the struggle between being known as a volunteer organization vs. a leadership organization – it can be difficulty for chapters to recruit new members. Having a focus on unified branding efforts (chapters branding or co-branding to JCI) and identifying as a leadership organization will make a huge difference for us.

  • What inspired you to seek the position you are running for? 

In 2011 I attended my first JCI MI Conference at Boyne Mountain. Dave Worthams was President and there was something quite magical about seeing the inspiration and excitement in members at that conference. I knew then that I wanted to be the person to bring that magic someday.

Programming Vice President

Carena Townsend, Ann Arbor Jaycees

Carena Townsend

Candidate for Programming Vice President

Ann Arbor Jaycees

Facebook.com/CTown4PVP/

Nominating Chapter

1st Ann Arbor Jaycees

2nd JCI Kalamazoo

  • 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 have worked for the University of Michigan for over 5 years in various capacities. In July 2020, I began a new role in the School of Nursing as the Recruiting Manager working with the recruiting and communications teams. In this position, I serve as a project and events manager for the undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

My three greatest assets are creativity, organization and relationship building. Joining the Jaycees has allowed me to create new, fun projects that engage members. Through my experience serving as the chair for many projects and being an event manager in my day job, I've gained strong organizational skills to ensure projects and events run smoothly. Additionally, Jaycees has helped me build my confidence to build and maintain relationships.

  • What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

In my opinion, the most important role of the Programming VP is to engage members and chapters in creating and offering valuable programs to help members grow personally and professionally, while making positive change in their communities.

  • Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

I would like to create a fundraiser during 2021 that would create scholarships and assistance to members who'd like to be able to attend JCI Michigan events and conferences, but do not have the finances available to do so. My goal is to create a sustainable fundraiser so Programming teams in the future are able to run something similar to continue to support this initiative.

  • What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

Accessibility. At this time we offer a lot of wonderful events and opportunities to gain skills through competitions and presentations but until COVID-19 few of these events were accessible to all of our members. It is important that in a time of endless technology we offer all our members the option to access our events and competitions.

  • What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

I was inspired to run for Programming VP because I want to make sure every member is able to take part in our statewide community. I felt that there were members feeling left out due to ability, finances, and time when events were held in other parts of the state and they were unable to attend. Additionally, creating fun programs for my local chapter and D3 has allowed me to discover my love of programming, I hope to inspire other members to create events.

Membership Vice President

Chris-Crawford

Chris Crawford

Candidate for Membership Vice President

Livonia Jaycees

Facebook.com/Chris-Crawford-for-2021-JCI-Michigan-Membership-VP-105254951272961

Nominating Chapter

1st Livonia Jaycees

2nd Redford Jaycees

  • 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 am a Financial Advisor for Fidelity Investments. Some of my responsibilities include: Planning, Problem solving, collaborating with clients and team members, Managing my team and book of business. Recruiting new clients and engaging previously unengaged clients.  What I love most about my career is that every client and every day is different. I have over 300 households and each one has different needs.

  • What do you consider to be your three biggest assets?

My three biggest assets are my passion for humanity, my problem-solving skills and my tenacity. I genuinely believe that service to humanity is the best work of life. I want everyone to win and I am passionate about getting people the resources to succeed in life. Problem solving is critical for any leadership role. Tenacity is extremely important especially when things get tough.

  • What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

The most important role of the Membership Vice President is to engage the membership. I should be your biggest cheerleader and partner. My job is to discover what our members are passionate about and provide them the support and resources to make their dreams come true.

  • Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement? 

One idea I have is to establish a formal Jaycee mentorship program in which we engage our membership. This will be particularly important for our younger members so we can groom the next generation of leaders. I also have ideas around recruitment and how we bring in and retain new members.  I believe that true diversity and inclusion comes from experiences with people who are different with us. I am proposing strategic partnerships with organizations that have cultures that are different than our own. Whether these organizations are of different ethnicities or nationalities, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. We must also make leadership within this organization more attainable for everyone.

  • What do you think is the greatest need of the organization right now?

The Greatest need I see for our organization is for us to get younger. If we do not get younger as an organization and help mentor these young people to be successful leaders within this organization. We may be without an organization in the next five to ten years as a significant amount of our organization is aging out.

  • What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

I was inspired to run for Membership VP after I made some untraditional changes to the way we approached membership my year as Chapter President for the Livonia Jaycees. Not only did we as a chapter finish at growth. We have a significantly larger number of active and engaged Jaycees. We have been able to continue the momentum by recruiting engaged members during this Pandemic. People join People. When we are doing great things and show value, people want to be a part of it.

District Directors

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

Megan Maiani

Megan Maiani

Candidate for District 4 Director

Wyandotte Jaycees

Facebook.com/MeganMaiani2021D4

Nominating Chapter

1st Wyandotte Jaycees

2nd Livonia Jaycees

  • 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?

My current employment is a Registered Nurse at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Nursing Professor at Davenport University. I am often fulfilling responsibilities of medical care for children by utilizing critical thinking skills and being proactive in my decisions and thought process. The thing I love most about my career is the fact that I get to see life begin and life end.

  • What do you consider to be your three greatest assets?

Compassion, confidence, and energy. My entire life has been spent caring for others, my family, to friends, to the community of Wyandotte. When I need to get something done, I always have done it myself which helped me to grow in confidence and realize that I truly can do whatever I put my mind to. The energy I have is consistent. Each and every day I rise early and have a list of what needs to be accomplished. I often go from sunup to sundown each day and have a hard time sitting still.

  • What is the most important role of the position you are running for?

I think the most important role of district director is to unify the district. While we are a state organization with local chapters and districts, many members have no clue what the organization has to offer outside of the chapter. I think it is important to educate those members and plan many events throughout the year that help that unification. One person may not be able to change the world, but shoulder to shoulder we can make a difference.

  • Are there any new ideas or programs you would like to implement?

What I would like to implement in District 4 is to have monthly Presidential dinners, meetings, and training which can vary from in person to online so that utilizing of a variety of ways appeals to everyone throughout the year. I would also like to see a district social each quarter as well as district trainings offered by having two chapters pair together to create the training, whether it be JCI related or individual development.

  • What do you think is the greatest need of this organization right now?

I think the greatest need of JCI right now is to have a professional diverse appearance to the outside. People do not join an organization, people join people. The image that we portray on the outside and in the social media world is essential to the continued success of our organization.

  • What inspired you to seek the position you are running for?

Chris Crawford and Angela Wolf are two people who inspired me to run for this position. Having the two past District 4 directors implement new initiatives will allow myself to tie both of their visions together to continue the success of chapters in our district.

District 5