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MCC honors Kurt Kemperman for his leadership


Montcalm Community College recently presented its 2023 Leadership Award to Creative Director Kurt Kemperman of Greenville.

Kemperman joined MCC in November 2018. As creative director, he is responsible for developing the visual representation of the college’s identity by managing design and production services that ensure a consistent, professional and appropriate institutional brand.

MCC President Stacy H. Young, Ph.D., recognized Kemperman for his work.

“Kurt literally touches everyone on our campus in a really positive way,” Dr. Young said. “He has a can-do attitude. I don’t know if I have ever heard him say no to a request. He makes everyone feel welcome.

“I think he volunteers for almost everything we do,” she said. “He showcases the college in a really positive way and makes us all look better.”

Kemperman was nominated and selected by his peers. One nominator wrote, “Kurt has a great attitude and he regularly walks round campus, pleasantly greeting students and faculty. Even if he weren’t handing out chocolate, everyone would still be happy to see him.”

Another nomination stated, “Kurt takes great pride in his work and doing the best for MCC.”

Kemperman holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Northern Michigan University.

MCC’s Leadership Award was established in 2002. It recognizes a leader based on noteworthy work with, or on behalf of, MCC; leadership and professional achievement; and service to MCC. The recipient is nominated and chosen by his or her colleagues.


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Shelly Springborn
Director of Communications and Public Relations

Montcalm Prevention Collaborative is a grassroots coalition initially formed in 2009 as a collaboration between two previously existing prevention groups: Tobacco-Free Montcalm and Montcalm Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking (MCPUD).  While the Coalition’s name has changed several times over the years, what hasn’t changed is the member’s commitment to the community.

MPC members include concerned parents, community members, business leaders, organization representatives, and youths who are committed to making a difference in Montcalm County.  The coalition is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors with the day-to-day work being overseen by a Coalition Coordinator.

Our Coalition work is currently funded through a grant from the federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program with approved work in two major areas: underage drinking and prescription drugs, and two minor areas: tobacco and marijuana.  Our primary goal is to continue to invite people, including yourself, to the table to help in building long-term coalition sustainability to continue the prevention work in Montcalm County.

About Montcalm Prevention

Our Mission

The Collaborative’s mission is to reduce youth substance abuse throughout Montcalm County in a comprehensive and long-term manner. While its primary focus is on youth, the Collaborative is dedicated to valuing each life by creating a healthier community.

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If you are interested in attending a Full Coalition meeting or would like to become involved on one of our work teams, please contact the Coalition Coordinator:

2024 Meeting Schedule
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Meet The Executive Board

We thank our Executive Board for the time and dedication the provide to our Collaborative so that we can keep our youth and local community health and safe.


John Kroneck, Chair

Mid-Michigan District Health Department


John Johansen, Vice-Chair


Tara Allen, Montcalm Care Network

Cario O'Conner

Cari O’Connor, Past Chairperson

MAISD Great Start Director

Meet The Coordinator


Jodie Faber, Coordinator

Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Collaborative.  We can be reached at: