Staff and Leadership


Michael’s Place Board of Directors is comprised of northern Michigan business and philanthropic leaders who keep the organization’s mission in focus with every decision and initiative. Board members shepherd Michael’s Place in our efforts to develop new ways to comfort grieving families and educate the public on the life-changing benefits of grief support.


Board of Directors

Karen Browne
Board President
President – TBA Credit Union

Dan Brady
Vice President
Owner – Dan Brady Painting and Wood Restoration

Gretchen Overbeek
Board Secretary
Vice President of Compensation and Benefits, Hagerty Insurance

Doug Morgenstern
Vice President, Business Banking, Huntington National Bank

Marika BeVier
Strategic Marketing Consultant

Mindy Davis Buell
Executive Director, Michael’s Place

Chris Dennos
Founder, Trustee

Erik Gruber, CRPC
Prinicipal, Sagemark Consulting

Judy Harrison
Owner – High Impact Productions

Dr. Bill Smith, M.D.
West Front Primary Care Family Physician (Retired)



Mindy Davis Buell
Executive Director

Melissa Fournier, LMSW
Program Director

Elizabeth Myre Boomer
Robin’s Nest Coordinator

Breanna Broering, LLMSW
Social Worker

Pam Jones, LLMSW
Volunteer and Resource Management

Connie Wintzinger
Development Director