Jan. 24, 2018 --The Frankenmuth Community Foundation welcomed three well-known volunteers to its Board of Governors this week. 

“Brandon Muller, Bonnie VanVoorhees and Tom Zuellig may come from different backgrounds, but they’re united in their love of Frankenmuth and their willingness to direct the Foundation as a force for good in the community,” said Chairman Terry Weiss.

The trio fills vacancies created by retiring board members Nancy Haskin and Tim Hildner, who each served a maximum of three terms totaling nine years, as well as Jonathan Webb, who stepped down from his board seat to accept a new role Jan. 1 as the Foundation’s executive director.


In addition to their regular board duties, Hildner served as vice-chairman for more than five years and Haskin led the Youth Advisory Committee since its inception.

“It’s always difficult to lose dedicated board members such as Nancy and Tim, who shared their expertise with the Foundation for so many years,” Weiss said.

The board chairman said he is confident the three incoming members will work with a similar diligence in the coming years.

Muller is a senior attorney at Clark Hill PLC, where he specializes in real estate and construction law in the firm’s Birmingham, Mich., office. Muller has called Frankenmuth home for 12 years. He and his wife, Andrea, have two children: Cate and Jack.

Muller serves as president of the Frankenmuth School District Board of Education. He is a member of the Frankenmuth Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, Frankenmuth Noon Rotary Club, and the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce.

“The charitable giving of the Foundation has had, and continues to have, such a significant and meaningful impact on our community. It is a privilege to be a part of the organization,” he said.

VanVoorhees is the longtime director of Frankenmuth Community Education and manager of the Bronner Performing Arts Center. Prior to her 12 years with the Frankenmuth School District, VanVoorhees worked as a legal secretary for the law firm Smith Bovill.

VanVoorhees has lived in Frankenmuth for 27 years. She and her husband, Mark, have a daughter, Emma, who graduated from Frankenmuth High School and will graduate next winter from Michigan State University. A former Women’s Club member, VanVoorhees now serves on the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce’s promotions committee.

“I am honored to have been asked to join the Foundation’s board. I look forward to telling and sharing the story of Frankenmuth, as well as working with the board on future projects for our community,” VanVoorhees said.

 Zuellig is a lifelong Frankenmuth resident whose ties to the community run deep. After earning a degree from MSU, Zuellig accepted a job at the Rummel Insurance Agency, where he was employed for 37 years, eventually working his way to president and CEO before his retirement in 2015. Zuellig and his wife, Lynn, have three children: Alissa, Melanie and Alex.

An active volunteer, Zuellig is no stranger to the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, already serving on the board from 1991-1996 and 1999 to 2007.

 Other previous roles in the community include Frankenmuth Rotary Club president, Frankenmuth Parks & Recreation Committee chairman, St. Lorenz Cemetery Committee treasurer, Civic Events Council president, Tri-County Insurance Agents Society president and several other insurance councils.

“I’m excited to continue the growth the Frankenmuth Foundation has seen in the last several years,” Zuellig said. “I look forward to helping continue that growth and serving the Frankenmuth community and its residents.” 

Webb said he is grateful to Haskin and Hildner for their longtime service and looks forward to working with the incoming board members. 

"Taken collectively, they bring us a wonderful combination of youthful exuberance, common sense, and tireless community involvement, all shaped by a great understanding of our Foundation's history and vision. They are going to be a joy to work with," Webb said. 

The remaining members of the nine-person board are: Jim Bickel (treasurer), Joe Cramer (vice-chairman), Julie Gafkay, Sue Piesko (secretary) and Bob Zeilinger. 

Since the Frankenmuth Community Foundation’s inception in 1976, more than $5 million has been distributed to groups and programs working to enhance the quality of life in our community. These good works are made possible thanks to the generous donations, gifts and bequests from individuals and businesses across Frankenmuth. 




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