Board of Trustees

Jonathan D. Julien

Jonathan D. Julien - Board Chair

Professional Title: I am the founder of 6 companies employing over 50 people in Michigan and California.

Owner, Campus Housing, LLC

Owner, Julien Properties, LLC

Owner, LJJ Construction, LLC

President, Quincy Woodrights, LLC

Why KCF: I feel that KCF is curator of all things philanthropic for our community. When I choose to give to the KCF, I’m choosing to give back to my whole community, not just one special interest within my community.

Passions: Giving back to the kids in our community and providing other opportunities for our area’s youth to develop and grow that are not normally found in small, remote communities like ours.


Karyn  Olsson

Karyn Olsson - Vice Chair

Professional Title: CEO, Upper Peninsula Marketing Department Inc.

Why KCF: After being an active community member, sitting on many boards, and volunteering for local organizations, I realized one common denominator: money and people are the only things that ensure community programs will be sustainable and effective. While we have a great community full of passionate, loving people, Keweenaw Community Foundation is the vehicle and asset that allows our community to sustain great programs that improve the lifestyle of the people who live here.

Passions: Family first, good health, and mindfulness. Karyn, her husband Dave, and two children (Amelia and Cameron) live in Houghton where they spend summers on the boat and winters playing board games and watching Star Wars.


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Cathy Benda

Professional Title: Executive Director, Keweenaw Family Resource Center and the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative

Why KCF: The Foundation has the ability to support programs and services that make the Keweenaw a great place to live, work and play. We can address areas of concerns and needs that will have the greatest impact on our community now and for future generations.

Passions: Nurturing and supporting the creative side of life.


Jan Cole

Jan Cole - Secretary

Professional Title: Managing Partner, Edochi LLC

Why KCF: I wanted to be part of an organization whose vision and impact will serve the community for generations.

Passions: The economic and environmental sustainability of the Keweenaw, the remarkable, resilient people that choose to call this home, and getting my hands dirty.


Mike Hauswirth

Mike Hauswirth

Professional Title: Chief Operating Officer, Aspirus Keweenaw and Ontonagon Hospitals

Why KCF: The Foundation continuously demonstrates a passion for doing good things for the people of our community. It is good for my friends and family and for my colleagues and co-workers at Aspirus. This is all about giving back to the awesome community we live in. The Keweenaw Community Foundation gives me the opportunity to collaborate with people who have the same passion for this community as I do.

Passions: My family, hockey, golf, and outdoor recreation.


Jennifer Julien

Jennifer Julien - YAC Advisor

Professional Title: Operations Manager and Technical Coordinator, GS Infrastructure

Why KCF: I had been involved in a youth leadership committee in my hometown of Saginaw. When I relocated to Houghton, I wanted to share my experiences as a young leader to help them grow their YAC organization and be a young mentor that they could connect with. I then became a KCF Board Member and became involved with the granting committee while continuing to advise the students in YAC.

Passions: As a high school senior, I wanted to attend a university away from home but had to do so independently—which meant finding my own funds to attend college. I applied for and received individual private scholarships that were ultimately enough to start a new life here in Houghton. Many of these scholarships came through the Saginaw Community Foundation, which grants over 180 scholarships a year to local students. I am passionate about fostering that same culture of giving back in our own community—especially among our youth.


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John Lehman

Professional Title: Associate Vice President for Enrollment and University Relations, Michigan Technological University

Why KCF: Living here for the last 20 years, it never ceases to astound me how gracious the people of the Keweenaw can be. This is such a special little corner of the world, rich with people who have incredible gifts and a deep ethic of care for one another.  I wanted to be part of an organization focused on amplifying that graciousness.

Passions: My wife, Jodi, and daughter, Maddy.  Working for the success of our youth and college students.  Hopelessly addicted runner.  Any adventurous activity involving snow.


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Sam Lockwood

Professional Title: Principal, Baselodge Group, Austin, Texas; research physician, consultant in medical and nutraceutical fields; multiple Keweenaw affiliations spanning the service industry to local renewable energy.

Why KCF: Its comprehensive view of the local assets and opportunities leads to targeted project management and concrete results that enable the community.

Passions: Evidence-based solutions to community problems.


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Chuck Ouellette

Professional Title: Retired Construction Project Manager having worked primarily in the electrical and heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries.

Why KCF: It seems to me that the effects of the good we do in our community are what live on long after we each move on to whatever or wherever.  It is a kind of immortality that we can be sure of. The Foundation’s motto, “For good. For Ever.”, embodies that philosophy perfectly.

Passions: Life-long learning and the outdoors.


Brent Peterson

Brent Peterson

Professional Title: Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Why KCF: I originally joined the KCF board of trustees after working on the development of the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund. I started to become familiar with how the Foundation operated and was intrigued how under one umbrella we can have a broad impact across our community.

Passions: Our community. I feel we as citizens have an obligation to help improve the area in which we choose to live. I am most passionate about the game of hockey; coaching, teaching, mentoring and still (sort of) playing. I enjoy the kids enthusiasm and to see them improve be active and have FUN is extremely rewarding.


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John Sanregret - Treasurer

Professional Title: Branch Manager/Commercial Lending Officer , The Miners State Bank

Why KCF: I have had the good fortune of growing up in this community and benefiting from all the activities and experiences that make it a great place to live. Now, as a KCF Board member, I have the opportunity to give back. I can and will make a difference, and I look forward to enhancing the lives of the people in our community.

Passions: Youth sports, outdoor recreation, the arts, and continuing work toward a doctoral degree from the school of hard knocks.


Trish Sherman

Trish Sherman - YAC Advisor

Professional Title: Guidance Counselor, Jeffers High School, Adams Township School District

Why KCF: It allows me to support many excellent nonprofit organizations in our community.

Passions: Enjoying the great outdoors! (That’s me at Mount Baldy out of Eagle River)