Leadership & Board

LifeWays Board of Directors

The LifeWays Board of Directors is comprised of county commissioners, primary and secondary consumers, those employed in human services occupations, and community members from Jackson and Hillsdale Counties. Board Members are appointed by the respective Board of County Commissioners to their positions and serve on the Board in three-year terms. Our Board appreciates input from Jackson and Hillsdale County residents regarding their opinions on mental health subjects and how LifeWays is performing in our communities. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts, an opportunity for public comment is available at all Board of Directors meetings, which are held monthly and alternate between Jackson and Hillsdale Counties. The dates and locations of all Board of Director Meetings can be found on our Event Calendar. For more information on the LifeWays Board of Directors or submitting public comment, please contact Karen Cascaddan at 517.789.1208.

  • Alan Ringenberg, Chairman
  • Melissa Callison, Vice-Chair
  • Jeffrey Peterson, Treasurer
  • John Burtka, Secretary
  • Bradley Bohner
  • Bruce Caswell
  • Clifford Herl
  • Tony Lewis
  • Daniel Mahoney
  • Carl Rice, Jr.
  • Jim Shotwell, Sr.
  • Edward Woods

Board Meetings


August 16:            Public Hearing on Needs Assessment - Jackson County

                               (6:45 PM, Board Room - Jackson)


August 16:            LifeWays Board Meeting (7:00 PM, Board Room – Jackson)


September 20:     Public Hearing – Budget and LifeWays Board Meeting
                               (6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Board Room – Jackson)


October 18:          LifeWays Board Meeting (7:00 PM, Board Room – Hillsdale)


November 15:      LifeWays Board Meeting (7:00 PM, Board Room – Jackson)


December 20:      LifeWays Board Meeting (7:00 PM, Board Room – Jackson)

LifeWays Budget Reports

Board Minutes

(minutes are not posted until approved by the Board)

For Board of Director Meeting minutes from previous years, please contact Karen Cascaddan at 517.789.1208.