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William (Bill) Tennant was born and raised in Detroit, eventually graduating from Edsel Ford HS in Dearborn. He attended both Western Michigan and Michigan State Universities and taught public school instrumental music for 36 years – the last 34 of those years as the Director of Orchestras for the St. Johns Public Schools. He thoroughly enjoyed working with his many students through the years. Bill also served on the St. Johns School Board from 2004 – 2018.
While teaching, Bill served on state and district MSBOA & MASTA boards, also serving on the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Board from 1976 – 2013. He is currently on the staff of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he held positions of Staff Conductor, Camp Director of the Family Suzuki Camp, and as a Scholarship Representative. He was the State of Michigan Orchestra Teacher of the Year in 1986 and State of Michigan String Teacher of the Year in 1997.
Bill was a founding member of the Clinton County Arts Council and led a committee to build the Performance Shell in the St. Johns City Park. He headed up the Entertainment Committee for the City of St. Johns Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2006, which led to the renovation of the historic Wilson Center Auditorium. This was completed in 2020.
Bill has been involved in the performing arts all his life as a teacher, performer, composer and consumer. His passion for the arts has led him to become involved in various organizations and projects that promote the fine arts as a staple for the enjoyment of others.
Jenny McCampbell has been a member of the CCAC board of Directors since she retired in 2005. During that time, she has served in the roles of secretary, treasurer, vice president and president. Jenny was an elementary teacher for 20 years, then provided staff development for teachers. Near the end of her career, Jenny worked as the Director for the Office of Gifted and Talented Education for pre-college students at Michigan State University.
Jenny comes from an artistic family. Her mother was a wonderful artist in painting, pastels, and later in dyeing and weaving cloth. Her two sisters were also artistic. Jenny took after her dad, having no talent in the arts, but this gave her much appreciation for all artists and their works. She helped create the Clinton County Arts Council, and then “dove into it” in a major way after retiring from both teaching and administrative roles in education in 2005. Her next goal is to add more people to help restore the rail cars and to keep the museum going.
Sheri Applebee became our Treasurer in September of 2017. Her previous work experience brings to the Council over 30 years’ experience in accounting. Sheri graduated from Western Michigan University in 1984 earning a Bachelors in Administration, with an Accounting Major.
She was employed by the State of Michigan, Office of Financial Management’s Payroll Division for 15 years and then transferred to the Bureau of State Lottery for her remaining 16 years of employment. Sheri retired from the State of Michigan in December 2017 after 31 years of service.
Sheri has lived most of her life in the Ovid and St. Johns areas. She loves to travel the United States and looks forward to doing more traveling in her retirement. In the winter, Sheri loves to snowmobile the many trails of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In the summer, Sheri enjoys working in her flower beds. Sheri is, also, an animal lover and has rescued many cats over the years.
Sheri enjoys the work she does for the CCAC. Art touches everyone, every day and it makes people happy. With her education and experience, she enjoys providing support to an organization that brings art to the people of Clinton County. Her goal is to provide accurate and timely financial information to the board for planning and preparation of events and activities.
Deb enjoys keeping in touch with all of the activities and events the CCAC offers. My current artistic hobbies include painting, drawing, music and photography. I have taken a variety of acrylic and watercolor painting lessons and have enjoyed participating in photography exhibits through the local Saint John’s Camera Club. My hobby of photography began very young. I grew up learning photography due to my father’s avocation in photography and my older brother’s profession in photography. I also studied professional classical ballet as well as modern dance and jazz from the age of 12 through college. I am currently a member of the Mint City Singers and the Saint John’s Camera Club. My youngest son is an aspiring Marvel artist.
Art and Soul Gallery
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Tom Webb Tom has been an educator for over 40 years, teaching everything from third grade through eighth grade. He retired from the Fulton Schools in 2006 to pursue additional opportunities at Walden University where he served on the faculty for fifteen years. He’s currently a substitute teacher at various schools in the St. Johns area.
Tom has been associated with Homegrown Productions since its inception and continues to work with the local theater group as a producer, director, and occasionally works on stage. His experience with community theater goes back to the mid 1970’s with the Pewamo-Westphalia Community Players. He has played numerous roles on stage and particularly enjoys musical theater. Susan DeRosa and Beth Webb are the founders of Homegrown Productions and, between the three principals they continue to promote live theater in the greater Clinton County area. Tom likes being part of the board because he likes sharing ideas and information with the larger arts community in Clinton County. It is his hope to help foster a greater appreciation for the wide variety of arts available to the community and to promote a greater commitment to them.
Mint City Singers and Junior Mints
A resident of St. Johns for 33 years, Ellen and her husband Doug raised two children, Elizabeth and Kevin. Since 2014, she has been the Music/Artistic Director of our Mint City Singers adult community choir. She has a Bachelor of Music Education, and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, both from Central Michigan University. Ellen is a level 3 certified Orff instructor, and holds a level 1 certification in Music Learning Theory, from Michigan State University. She is a retired public school music teacher with 28 years’ experience. During 26 of those years she was an elementary music specialist for the Grand Ledge Public Schools.
She is a soprano and has studied voice with Richard Fracker, Rachel Gates, and Cora Enman. Ellen has performed in the greater Lansing area with several groups, including Starlight Dinner Theater, Singers on the Grand, Riverwalk Theatre, and the Lansing Civic Players. She directed the Vivo Cantando Children’s choir from September 2013 – May 2016. She started the Junior Mints in 2019 and is excited to share her love of music with children once again.
Wilson Center Auditorium
Mark Miser is a new member of the CCAC board joining in 2019. Mark is on the Wilson Center Committee and a member of the Mint City Singers. Mr. Miser moved to Saint Johns in 2016 but has had Family living in Clinton County for well over 100 years. He is a retired Outreach social worker working with vulnerable adults and children as well as working with the homeless and those with mental illnesses and disabilities. He has a bachelor’s degree from Alma College and a Master’s degree from Wayne State University. He has always believed that both the arts and arts education of all types are vital to the health and well being of all people, communities and institutions and enhance the lives of everyone whether by creating art in all forms and/ or just enjoying the experience of the arts.
Activities and Events
Megen has been interested in creating art ever since she could hold a crayon. Since the days of coloring books, she has explored almost every possible realm of art including photography, music, acrylic painting, sketching, watercolor, handmade cards, poetry, collages, welding, chalk, and mixed media art. She has over 10 years of graphic design talents and volunteers these abilities to the Clinton County Arts Council and the St. Johns Police Department. Megen is Vice-President and events coordinator of the Eat Healthy Eat Local Foundation, a nonprofit that helps connect communities with resources for local food and wellness services. As a local resident of St. Johns, Megen spends her days hand-crafting gourmet chocolate with her husband at Oh Mi Organics, and on Sundays she enjoys creating innovative art projects with her sister. “Community and family are truly works of heART.” We are happy to have her as one of the newest members of our board. Her enthusiasm is broad and contagious. Megen enthusiastically volunteered to be on the CCAC board because she really enjoys doing positive things for this community.
Clarissa Czubak- One of the newest members of the CCAC! Currently, she is raising her daughter and operating her new Business Infinity Wellness Energy in Downtown, St. Johns. With a Community Service degree from Siena Heights University, she is eager to serve the Clinton County Community by heading the fund development committee of the CCAC. Ready and willing to give her heart and soul to the arts culture by bringing diversity to the community.
Amy Bowen has been a member of the CCAC Board of Directors since January 2020. She is the Financial Educator & Community Outreach Specialist for Journey Federal Credit Union and the Treasurer for Duplain Township. In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, camping and reading. Amy has become passionate about arts through her children who have been very active in dance, choir and drama. She is community oriented and joined the CCAC board to help make a difference in the community which she lives & works in.