New Board Members
The FIA welcomes the following members to the Board of Trustees.
Kathryn C. Boles (Kathy) retired in 2018 as the President, CEO of the Valley Area Agency on Aging after having served the organization in various capacities for over 28 years. During that time, Kathy served as the President of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging in Washington, DC. Kathy continues to serve the community by serving on various local boards, as well as national boards.
Kathy was recently appointed by Governor Whitmer to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Additionally, Kathy serves as the President of the local Chapter of AARP and serves as the senior citizen ministry leader at her church.
Kathy has been married to James (Jim) Boles for 44 years. They have five children (one deceased) and seven grandchildren. Kathy enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and playing golf. This is Kathy’s second time serving as an FIA trustee.
Dale Keipert resides in Fenton, along with his wife, Denise. Dale is one of the partners of the digital marketing agency 3Sixty Interactive located in The Capitol Theatre in downtown Flint. Dale has served on several boards within both the marketing industry and community and is very passionate about organizations that make a difference.
Matthew L. Norwood of Fenton Township is an attorney and is the owner and operator of a Flint-based law practice specializing in criminal defense and driver’s license restoration. Mr. Norwood practices statewide, with an emphasis on Genesee County. He has also worked as the judicial advisory assistant to Chief Judge Archie L. Hayman of the Genesee County 7th Circuit Court and as legislative assistant to the State of Michigan House of Representatives Office of the Clerk. A third-generation Mott Community College alumnus, Mr. Norwood holds a Criminal Justice Degree and a Juris Doctorate, both from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Michigan and Genesee County Bar Associations and currently serves on the board of the Hundred Club of Genesee, Shiawassee, and Lapeer Counties. He is the founder and former chairperson of the Flint Cultural Center’s Young Professional Council and was Vice-Chair of the Foundation for Mott Community College, and currently serves as a trustee on the Mott Community College Board of Trustees. Mr. Norwood has also worked with the Greater Flint Arts Council, McFarlan Home, and several other groups and organizations. He was co-chair of FIA’s The PARTY committee for two years and served on the planning committee for FIA’s first Art on Tap fundraiser.
Anton Thornquist is the President and CEO of CTG Insurance, a Genesee County-based business that provides insurance to nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Anton has served in this position for the last five years and has grown the business beyond Michigan to serve five additional states. Anton discovered a deep respect and admiration for art after seeing his first Joan Mitchell painting at The Art Institute of Chicago. The ability of an artist to use an array of mediums and tools to create meaning, emotion, and passion out of a blank canvas is something that has inspired him to be involved with the FIA and become an avid supporter of The Contemporaries. Anton also loves to travel, listen to jazz music, and cook for friends and family. He resides in Grand Blanc with his wife, Jennifer, and two rescue dogs Jack and Lucy.
Dale K. Weighill is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mott Community College. His responsibilities include providing high-level leadership and management to the College’s branding, marketing, communications, and public relations initiatives, and the ongoing cultivation, acquisition, and stewardship of major gifts from external sources. He is a member of the College’s Executive Cabinet. Before serving as Associate Vice President, Dale was the Executive Dean for Professional Development & Experiential Learning at MCC and was the President & CEO of Resource Genesee for eleven years. He is a former member of the Flint City Council, where he served as Vice President for three years. Dale’s volunteer commitments include membership on the Boards of Directors of the Education Foundation for Flint Community Schools and the Flint River Corridor Alliance. Dale has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree—both in Political Science—from American University in Washington, DC and The University of Michigan in Dearborn, respectively. He graduated with Highest Distinction from both institutions, receiving numerous academic and student leadership honors and awards.
Jay Werschky is now a semi-retired dentist after a 44-year career practicing general dentistry in Flint and Grand Blanc. Born and raised in Flint, Dr. Jay grew up in the Flint Public School system graduating from “the old” Flint Northern in 1967. He received his BA degree in Biology from University of Michigan-Flint and then his DDS from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 1976. He is married to former FIA Board member Jan Werschky for just shy of 50 years and they have two daughters, Jill and Jori, and four beautiful grandchildren. Dr. Jay has been deeply involved with organized dentistry throughout his career serving as President of both the local and state dental associations. He remains involved with dentistry in the position of Executive Director of the Genesee District Dental Society. He looks forward to bringing his interest in the arts and his organizational skill sets to the FIA. Additional interests include a passion for reading, golf, training a new puppy, and learning to play the banjo.
Dean T. Yeotis has practiced law in Flint for over thirty years. He owns Found Sound Records in Ferndale and Totem Books in Flint. Dean currently serves on the Boards of the Flint Public Library and the Flint Institute of Music and returns to the FIA Board where he previously served as president for two years. Dean lives in Flint with his wife, Lynda, four cats, art, vinyl, and books.