Board of Directors
George (Dick) Lewis, President of the Board
George (his friends call him Dick) and his wife Jackie have three married daughters who have given them seven adult grandchildren, with their own significant others, and one a great-grandson. Dick graduated from Wayne State University Law school in 1963, LL.B. with distinction and practiced law from January 1964 until February 2018. During the last 20 years of his practice he primarily represented adults and children in parental neglect and juvenile delinquency cases. Dick and Jackie moved to Petoskey from Macomb County in 1995 and have resided here since.
James Parr, Vice President of the Board (Photo to be added soon)
James holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Grand Valley State University and is a graduate of the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals Leadership project as well a graduate of Leadership Little Traverse. James served as the Executive director of the Sault Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
During his professional career, James has been responsible for staff management and development, organizational fundraising and event planning. His experience with developing programs, budgetary and financial matters as well as membership drives will prove very helpful in continuing development of Community Recovery Alliance.
Ann Carolan: Secretary of the Board
A Licensed Professional Counselor, Ann serves as CRA Board Secretary. She is a retired School Counselor, Art and English teacher and currently employed as a substitute for Char-Em. Having witnessed the devastation caused by addictions on loved ones, Ann is an advocate for therapeutic interventions and supportive community action.
Glenda Wilhelm, Treasurer of the Board
Glenda and her loving husband, Jeff, share three children and one grandchild. Since earning a license in cosmetology from Chic University in Grand Rapids, Glenda has owned and operated Shabby Girls, a salon located in Charlevoix for over 25 years. In addition to operating her own business, Glenda helps her husband Jeff design, renovate and restore residential real estate in Michigan as well as in New York State.
Glenda serves as CRA’s Treasurer, but she is convinced that her most significant commitment to CRA includes the development of CRA’s faith-based initiatives. “I joined CRA because I believe in the value and importance of restoring the brokenness that often follows addiction and mental illness. Just like my love for real estate, I believe new opportunities exist through healing, education and restoration, rather than incarceration. Often times that healing lies in God’s unmerited favor.”
Anja Pacetti, Member of the Board
Having been trained as a paralegal in Richmond, VA, Anja worked for the Medical College of Virginia and the Virginia Commonwealth University before moving back to the sunny coast of Florida where she began a new career developing, coordinating and conducting extended day trips for the retired community. After earning what she calls her “Personal History Degree” and claiming victory over alcohol and drug addiction, Anja has amassed over 13 years of experience coordinating, counseling and facilitating public programs centered on addiction and recovery. Anja has brought her extensive background, knowledge and experience to Northern Michigan and to CRA to serve as a women’s facilitator, transitional counselor and coordinator.
Anja celebrates her own personal journey of recovery, as does her son, thru various platforms including speaking engagements, creative spoken word artistry, and through fresh innovative recovery workshops. Together, Anja and her son Isaac have formed a (faith-based) non-profit organization called Walking with Him 6, Inc. as a vehicle to help others in their quest for solutions and freedom from hurts, habits and hang-ups and to share their experience, strength and hope nationwide.
Lisa Scholl, Board Member
Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University in Detroit. She worked for nine years in Chicago where she was a Reference Librarian at the Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped; and she was a librarian in the Information Center at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago. She has been a librarian at the Petoskey District Library for 15 years, working with children and families as well as senior citizens. Aside from her work as a librarian, Lisa has been involved as a volunteer in many community organizations throughout her adult life and has a passion for helping people.
“I am serving on the board of Community Recovery Alliance because I want to help connect recovering individuals and families in need with educational and informational resources. I have seen how information and books can help people and believe that by working together with local organizations in the community we can help empower and strengthen those people who need help. I grew up in Petoskey and I care about the families in our community. It is important to me to help those in need.”
Anthony J. Wilhelm, Member of the Board
Along with serving as a co-founder and first Vice President of Community Recovery Alliance, Anthony is also a full-time student at North Central Michigan College. He will graduate soon from NCMC with honors and intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Geology.
Anthony is in recovery himself. Through personal experience, he has developed a passion for helping people impacted from drug and alcohol addictions, as well as incarceration as a result of those addictions. It was his experience that led him to become an influential partner in CRA’s quest to develop creative and healthy recovery mechanisms that don’t involve incarceration. As a result of his inherent leadership skills he has recently been elevated to the position of Board President.
“We’re criminalizing addiction at rates higher than any industrialized country on earth,” notes Anthony. “We are responsible for one-fourth of the world’s prison population while the addiction rates continue to rise. The math alone demonstrates our current approach to solving the addiction problem, hasn’t worked.
“My goal for CRA is to help our community implement unique and creative solutions that seek to aid drug and alcohol offenders find fulfilling employment, satisfy court and probational obligations, and limit their time wasted in jail.”
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Jannan J. Cornstalk, Member of the Board (Photo to be added soon)
Jannan has been a resident of Emmet County for the past 15 years and is a transplant from Chicago, IL. She has three grown children and six grandchildren. Jannan obtained her Associate’s of General Studies from North Central Michigan College and has done public speaking related to water and environmental issues. As a citizen of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, she has volunteered and served on several committees including as part of the tribe’s Peacekeeping team. For the past several years, as part of her recovery, Jannan has facilitated recovery based Talking Circles and has attended several other tribal ceremonies. She hopes to continue to be a strong advocate for instilling Restorative Justice principle’s in the community to promote healing as part of the CRA Board.
Tom McHale, Member of the Board (Photo to be added soon)
Tom has been a tireless advocate for addiction recovery services for 32 years. His career started as a volunteer but was soon employed by UAW-GM as the Work-Family program administrator for General Motors Truck Assembly in Flint, Michigan. Tom earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and has been involved in several national organizations, community coalitions, civic groups and professional associations.
With his national platform from UAW-GM, Tom helped establish the Faces and Voices of Recovery, the nation’s first advocacy organization for recovery in Washington D.C., He served on a National Public Policy Panel at the Boston University School of Public Health, which provided state government with recommendations for organizing and delivering services for substance use disorders. In 1998 Tom launched the first advocacy organization in the state of Michigan called Greater Flint Project Vox, and secured a position for the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Committee on the Greater Flint Health Coalition business plan. In 2005 Tom was presented with the America Honors Recovery Award at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
In 2006, Tom retired from UAW-GM and moved to Emmet County starting a second career at NMSA Recovery Services in Gaylord, Michigan. As the project coordinator for Recovery Coach Services, he oversaw efforts to train and coordinate 350 coaches in 31 counties in Northern Lower Michigan.
Tom lives in Petoskey with his wife Carol.
John Prescott, Member of the Board (Photo to be added soon)
John has served as an educator since he started in Pellston, Michigan as a teacher/counselor in 1984. From there, he went on to Reading Community Schools for two years before going into administration as the Director of Learning Support Services at North Central Michigan College.
In 1989, John started as the Testing Director/Counselor/Teacher at Charlevoix Public Schools. He became the Superintendent of Whitefish Community Schools in 2012 and most recently served as the Superintendent of Bellevue Community Schools until June of 2019. Recently John, has assumed new set of duties for Success Virtual Learning Centers of Michigan.
John resides in Charlevoix with his wife Linda. They have three daughters. Sarah is an instructional coach in Wichita, Kansas, Megan is an Oncology Clinician in Salt Lake City, and Madison is a Special Education Teacher in Laramie, Wyoming.
Dale Hull, Executive Director
Dale holds a bachelor’s degree in English as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. He also earned a second master’s degree in the Humanities from Central Michigan University. Dale is a Certified Recovery Coach.
After spending 16 years in public education, Dale moved from education to arts administration serving as the Managing Director of Grand Rapids Circle Theatre, Development Director for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and finally as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet. He moved to Petoskey in 2000 to serve as Executive Director of Crooked Tree Arts Center.
In retirement, Dale returned to the classroom, first as an adjunct faculty member at North Central Michigan College and most recently as a staff member at St. Michael Academy. He also offers his services as a professional consultant in the nonprofit sector.