The Saugatuck Center for the Arts announced a new slate of board officers for 2017-2018 and welcomed a new member plus bid farewell to a longtime leader.
Mike Van Meter will serve as Board Chair from March 2017-2018. Richard Heriford serves as Vice Chair, Janice Varney serves as Secretary, and Patsy Ramsey continues as Treasurer.
Van Meter is Managing Partner of Van Meter Associates LLC an Iowa based investment advisory firm offering portfolio management services to individuals and small to mid-market institutional clients. He has served on the board since 2007, most recently as Vice Chair, and lives in Saugatuck.
Heriford is President of Landscape Forms the Global Premium Brand of Site Furniture, Lighting and Accessories. Landscape Forms recently won the Wall Street Journal Award for Best Small Company. Heriford lives in Saugatuck and is also on the board of the Landscape Design Foundation of America.
Tom Farrington, who served as Board Chair for the past two years, rotates into the Chair Emeritus position. Farrington is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Perrigo Company.
“We are very fortunate to have leaders of this caliber serving the community,” said SCA Executive Director Kristin Armstrong. “The SCA built its educational programming for children and had its most successful Mason Street Warehouse season under Tom’s leadership. We’re so grateful for Tom’s generous gifts of time and expertise in building the Art Center.”
In addition to the new executive leadership team, the SCA welcomed Andy Knight to the board. Dr. Knight is a licensed clinical psychologist in Michigan and Illinois. He has worked in the mental health field for over 20 years in non-profit, private practice, and university settings. Most recently, his focus has shifted to investment management in the fields of real estate and restaurants. He splits his time between Saugatuck and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.
Armstrong noted that longtime board member Bud Baty retired after nine years of service. Baty was deeply involved in special event planning, chairing the SCA’s summer benefit for many years, and helping create the organization’s signature “Farm to Table” event. Baty also led the redesign of the SCA’s rain garden, its “Bob & Bobbie” lobby, and other key spaces in the facility.
“Bud’s design sensibilities combined with his deep love for this community made him a one-of-a-kind leader,” Van Meter said. “The SCA is all about community, connectivity, and joy. No one embodies this better than Bud.”