Board of Directors

Kevin J. O’Leary ~ President: koleary@olearyfoundation.com

I am the 5th child of Bob and Muriel. I was the founding Chairman of the Board on The O’Leary Foundation and currently serving as President. I got the idea for this event when my mom was sick and my wife and I just came back from the Joe Cekola’s Family Foundation event. On the way back home, Deb and I started to get these ideas, so we went up to the hospital and ran them by Mom. She loved the idea, so we told the rest of the family and the rest is history. Mom and Dad taught us to give to people in need. Give, Give and then Give some more. So that is what we are trying to do with this family Foundation.
Our son Ryan and his fiance partner Michelle have three kids, Lileigh, Miah and Connor. Our daughter Kara and her husband CJ have two kids, Sloan and Liam. We are so very proud of all of them. Both Ryan and Kara are very active in the Foundation.
I have worked for World Sales Inc. for the last 21 years. It is a small trading company that sells beef, poultry and pet food to processors.
I have a one of a kind wife Deb that inspires me, to be the best that I can be at what we do. She is actually the brains behind the curtain. I love her dearly. We live in White Lake, MI with our two dogs Daisy and Epic.

Rob Shell ~ Vice President: rshell@olearyfoundation.com

Rob joined the O’Leary Foundation board in 2005 and has served as its Secretary since 2006. Rob is a lifelong banker as a commercial lender amongst other positions.
Rob’s loyalty is unmatched when it comes to helping others in need of assistance.
Besides his role as Secretary of the O’Leary Foundation, Rob has served on the Kalamazoo County 4-H finance committee for nearly 20 years. He also volunteers his time to perform audits for the 4-H clubs and Leader’s Council as well as assisting with Calhoun and Branch County 4-H livestock auctions.
He is also a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and Purdue University graduate. Now that’s loyalty!

Maureen Morin ~ Treasurer: mmorin@olearyfoundation.com

Maureen is the middle child of Bob & Muriel O’Leary. I have been a board member of the O’Leary Foundation since its conception in 2003. Current treasurer and contributor to all events as a way of attaining community awareness and to honor my parents by continuing their work to always give back when you can. Married to Don and reside in Houghton, MI. Blessed with 2 grown children with families, who add to our legacy. Kevin, wife Andrea and new baby Brynn, live in White Lake, MI. And Colleen, husband Lee and 3 year old, Lucas, live in Houghton, MI.

Kevin D. Morin ~ Secretary: kmorin@olearyfoundation.com

I am the eldest grandchild of Bob and Muriel, and have been on the O’Leary Foundation Board since 2007.  I currently serve as the Board of Directors Secretary.  I live in White Lake, Michigan with my wife Andrea and our daughter Brynn.  I am in the health insurance industry both as an health insurance agent as well as a corporate wellness broker.  Prior to this I have held sales jobs in material handling, orthopedic surgical equipment and durable medical equipment.  I attended Saginaw Valley State University for undergraduate studies and Michigan State University for graduate.  I am a very proud Cardinal and Spartan. Andrea and I have been Spartan Football season ticket holders since 2011.
Besides spending time with my family and friends, and my time on the OLF Board, I also volunteer with Gift of Life Michigan, I’m active in the Clarkston (MI) Chamber of Commerce and am a committee member at our golf club, Prestwick Village.

Mary K. Knecht ~ Auction Committee Chair: mknecht@olearyfoundation.com

Mary is the fourth child of Bob and Muriel. She attended Eastern Michigan University for her BA and WMU for her MA in Educational Leadership. She has been a teacher of the Deaf/HH for the past 30 years for KRESA in both Kalamazoo Public Schools and currently in Portage Public Schools.
Mary has been a board member since the foundation’s conception in 2003. She currently holds the positions of Trustee and Auction Committee Chair.
Mary is married to Jim Knecht and resides in Richland, MI. She has three wonderful children as well as a son-in-law: Kaity (Jed) Segur, Patrick and Joseph. The entire family is actively involved in the foundation in some capacity or another either as board members &/or committee members. Her entire family is proud to be a part of this foundation and giving back to the community. Making a difference in the lives of others that need it…continuing the legacy of Muriel and Bob.

Colleen Mills ~ Grant Committee Chair: cmills@olearyfoundation.com

Colleen is a daughter of Muriel and Bob O’Leary, whom we honor with this foundation. The founding President of The OLF and currently serving as Grant Committee Chair. She has enjoyed a career in nursing (RN) spanning over 30 year and is the Senior VP of Standards and Government Relations with the National Healthcare Staffing Alliance. Colleen has served on numerous philanthropic boards representing diverse charitable objectives. Her trusteeship includes service with the March Of Dimes, March of Dimes National Grants Committee, American Heart Association, Leadership Wichita Falls, American Cancer Society, URHCS Advisory Board, Midwestern State University Advisory Board for Health sciences, Founding Chair for Small Business Development Centers Regional Board, Member of MSU Small Business Development Board, and Resource WF,; and several other organizations. Colleen was raised in Michigan and now resides in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Until recently, she was the owner and founder of the first credentialing body developed solely to meet the needs of the healthcare staffing industry in credibly measuring performance. The inspiration for developing this was Muriel O’Leary and her journey with cancer along with a strong desire to have a positive effect on an industry that lacked credibility with hospital administrators. Today she lends a voice for the small to medium size healthcare staffing agencies.

Kara P. Wyman ~ Technology Committee Co-Chair: kwyman@olearyfoundation.com

Kara is a granddaughter of Muriel and Bob O’Leary. Kara Wyman lives in Battle Creek Michigan with her husband, C.J., daughter, Sloan and son, Liam. Kara is a graduate from Western Michigan University with a degree in Family Studies. Kara heads up all the print pieces for the foundation. Kara is currently a stay at home mom. Kara enjoys volunteering in our community. Kara is also active Vice President for the Hickory Corners Fire Department. Family and community are of the utmost importance to Kara.

Joseph R. Knecht ~ Technology Committee Co-Chair: jknecht@olearyfoundation.com

Joe is the youngest grandchild to Muriel and Bob. Currently, Joe lives in Richland, Michigan and works in the automotive business as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer for Yanfeng Automotive Interiors. Joe attended Central Michigan University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Joe was voted on the Board of Directors in 2013 with a current role of managing technology services. He also sits on the sponsorship and event committees.

Kaity A. Segur ~ Event Committee Chair: ksegur@olearyfoundation.com

Kaity is a granddaughter of Bob and Muriel O’Leary. She attended Michigan State University and graduated with a BS in Animal Science. She currently is employed in the animal health industry.
Kaity has been a board member since 2010. She currently holds the positions of Trustee, Auction Committee Member, and Event Chairperson.
Kaity is married to Jed Segur and resides in Cressey, MI.

 

E.J. Hart ~ Trustee: ehart@olearyfoundation.com

E.J. is a founding trustee of the O’Leary Foundation and graduate of Western Michigan University. E.J. is a retired Kalamazoo Valley Community College instructor. E.J. owns Hart’s Jewelry in Plainwell, Michigan. He is also a member of the Plainwell Industrial board, the current president of the Plainwell Downtown Development Board, a IMG_5487member of the Plainwell Brownfield Development Board, a member of Jewelers of America, a member of Retail Jeweler Association, and a member of the Nature Conservancy. In the past E.J. has been a member of the Plainwell Education Foundation, the Plainwell Chamber of Commerce, the President of the Plainwell Youth Soccer Club and finally the Girls Commission AYSO Soccer.

Craig Wagner ~ Trustee: cwagner@olearyfoundation.com

I am a longtime friend and ex-next door neighbor of the O’Leary family. Muriel and Bob were dear friends of my parents, Fran and Dick Wagner, and I was touched and honored to be asked to become part of The O’Leary Foundation. I have served on the Auction Committee from the beginning and joined the board several years ago as a Trustee. It has been a privilege to watch the entire family carry on their parents/grandparents values with such passion.

After attending school at Arizona State University, I moved back to the Lake Doster area in 1984 and still reside there today. I have worked in the engineering department at Interkal for the past 29 years and am currently Design Engineering Supervisor. I met my beautiful wife, Susanne, there some time ago and we have two great kids, Darby and Ben. We have enjoyed watching and supporting all their activities over the years and look forward to whatever the future holds (I’m hoping to get my golf handicap back down someday).

Sandra VanErkel ~ Trustee: svanerkel@olearyfoundation.com

I am not a child of Bob and Muriel O’Leary, although I couldn’t feel more a part of this wonderful, giving family. Knowing Bob, Muriel, and their children over the years has enriched my life and enabled me to enrich the lives of others. The O’Leary children have given me the opportunity and honor to serve on the O’Leary Board and serve the Foundation by carrying on the philanthropic legacy of their parents.
I’m retired from the educational field after 43 years where I worked as teacher, teacher consultant, vice principal and principal. My background is in speech and language pathology, Deaf education and educational administration. I live with my supportive husband, Tom, who also knows the O’Leary family. In the future, I want to continue my support of the O’Leary Foundation and touch the lives of those in need.

Colleen O. Mayra ~ Trustee: cmayra@olearyfoundation.com

I’m Colleen O’Leary Mayra and I’m proud to be the third out of seven grandchildren to Bob and Muriel. I was voted on to the board in 2012 with a current role of assistant to the treasurer (my Mom). I spent many summers in Lake Doster with my grandparents and cherished every moment of it. I work full time at UP Health System – Portage in the Inpatient/Long Term Care Pharmacy. I currently live in Houghton, MI with my husband, Lee and am the proud mother of three boys, Lucas, Christian and Cole.

Brittany Ughetti ~ Trustee: bughetti@olearyfoundation.com

IMG_5841-EditAs a long time family friend of the O’Leary’s, Brittany has always wanted to be a bigger part of the O’Leary foundation and it’s impact on giving back to the communities in Southwest Michigan. Voted onto the board in 2014, she has become active on the auction committee. Brittany is from Comstock, MI, but resides in Battle Creek, MI with her husband, Dario, who helps her to give twice as much to the foundation. She works as a cardiovascular invasive technologist at Borgess Medical Center and received her BS from Grand Valley State in 2010. In the past, she has been involved with Big Brother Big Sister and is thrilled to expand her volunteer opportunities.

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Ryan J. O’Leary ~ Trustee: