2024 Elected Candidates
As per the DLYC Bylaws, an election of Club Officers is to be conducted annually. The nomination committee presents a list of candidates for Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Executive Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Board of Governors. Full members of our Club are eligible to submit their votes. The final results of the election of officers are conducted by the three Full Club members acting as our election tellers. These tellers confirm the votes and present results to the membership during our annual meeting in September. The list of elected Club Officers for 2024 are presented below including their photo and brief biography.
2024 Commodore Candidate (1-Year Term)
Keith Fournier, and his wife Diane, have been enjoying DLYC facilities for over 20 years with family. In 2011, Keith and Diane decided to become members and purchased their first boat. Since joining, Keith has volunteered as a member of the DLYC Finance & Audit Committee from 2015-2020, served on the Board of Governors for four years, Rear Commodore and Dock Master for 2022, and Vice Commodore for 2023. Keith was instrumental in the upgrade of our new DLYC website by selecting the vendor to host the site and provided the template, designed, and populated the entire website, and continues to act as our Webmaster performing all maintenance activities. Additionally, he facilitated the introduction of our DLYC smartphone application. For his efforts, Keith was awarded the “DLYC Commodore’s Award” in 2020 for his outstanding service to our club. Furthermore, Keith was committee leader to replace our entire docking system in 2023.
As for his full-time employment, he is employed as a Global Director of Strategic Client Services for NICE System Inc. Keith has accumulated 30 years of experience in both private and public sectors as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), IT executive, and consultant to Fortune 100 and 500 companies. He obtained a Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration, several technical certifications and professional designations including Project Management Professional (PMP) and the Advanced Project Management Certification (APMC). Additionally, Keith has experience participating on many non-profit, public, and academic boards throughout his career.
2024 Vice Commodore Candidate (1-Year Term)
Mona and her husband Bob have been members of the Devils Lake Yacht Club since 2009. During that time Mona has volunteered her time in several capacities including the DLYC Ladies Auxiliary, Finance Committee, Capital Campaign Committee and Ship Store. She has also served as Executive Treasurer on the DLYC Board since 2018 and was our Rear Commodore in 2023.
Mona’s professional background spans 30 years of experience in accounting, finance and leadership roles at local companies in both Lenawee and Washtenaw County. She currently serves as the Controller at ACT Test Panels LLC in Hillsdale, Michigan. Her hobbies include golf and stock market investment research.
Mona holds an MBA from Spring Arbor University and a Bachelor’s degree from Baker College. She also holds degrees from Jackson College where she served on the Jackson College Business Advisory Committee and taught business courses part-time as an adjunct instructor. Mona and her husband Bob have two children and reside in Manitou Beach.
2024 Rear Commodore Candidate (1-Year Term)
My name is Mark Schaffner, and I am running for the position of rear commodore. It has been my privilege and honor to serve on the board of directors of our club the last four years. I am proud of being a member of the board and watching the growth of the club during my involvement.
My wife Rachel and I have been members of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club since 1998 and have always enjoyed coming here with our three children, family, and friends. We now have two sons who are also members, and our daughter works at the club as a hostess. It has been amazing to see how the club has grown over the past 25 years. I enjoy spending summers at our cottage on Devils Lake and love finishing a summer night having dinner on the patio at DLYC.
In the past I have served on the board of Lenawee Farm Bureau, the Boys and Girls Club of Lenawee and Crossroads Community Church. I am also a member of many agricultural and marketing organizations and committees.
I grew up in Hudson, married my high school sweetheart and graduated from Central Michigan University. In the past I have worked for Shearson Lehman Hutton and Smith Barney as a commodity broker and agricultural marketing consultant. After this I was a member of a private consulting firm that deals in agricultural markets and commodity hedging. I am currently a self-employed local farmer and marketing consultant.I have been a member of many clubs over the years but have not found one as unique and special as ours. With the success and growth that the club has shown, even in demanding times, I am looking forward to being a part of what the future will bring DLYC, and I am excited to be running for the position of Rear Commodore.
2024 Executive Treasurer Candidate (1-Year Term)Brent Mercer
Brent Mercer and his wife Monica have been year-round Devils Lake residents since 2009. They have five children and six grandchildren. Brent is a partner and Senior tax manager at Donna Baker and Associates, a CPA firm in Adrian. They were also previous owners of The Buoy at the Lake. Brent was a previous board of director for the yacht club for two terms, has been on the finance committee for several years, and served as the Executive Treasurer for 2023.
Brent has been involved with many nonprofits in the Lenawee County area such as Noon Rotary Club, Adrian Rotary foundation, Neighbors of hope and the Sam Beauford Woodworking institute. He looks forward to serving the club as your next treasurer, giving the members a voice in all the exciting things the club has in store. With his sound financial knowledge and leadership skills he will be working to develop an ever more thriving and vibrant club for everyone to enjoy with their family. With this he asks for your vote in the upcoming election for the DLYC board of directors’ treasurer position.
2024 Recording Secretary Candidate (1-Year Term)
Present Secretary DLYC, Renovation Chairman DLYC 2006-present, Past Commodore 2006, Chairman Pleasant Grove Hotel Historical Society, Inc. 501c3 from 2013 to present, Chairman Devils and Round Lakes Fireworks Display, Inc. 1984-present, Rollin Township Supervisor 1986-1992 and presently member Planning Commission, Owner Air Center, Inc. 1986-present
Married to Terri Clark with four children Sarah, Melissa, Laura and Elizabeth and two grandchildren Jack and Lillian
2024 Board of Governors Candidates (3-Year Term) (Presented in Alphabetical Order)
Holly has been connected to the Manitou Beach area for over 36 years. Holly graduated from Addison High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University. From growing up on Devils Lake as a child to owning a cottage on Round Lake, Holly has deep roots and an even deeper love for our special lake town.
Odds are, you’ve likely seen Holly’s name on a Foundation Realty sign throughout the area. Professionally, Holly is a full-time real estate agent. She is passionate about helping others find that special property to call home or to help grow their business. She’s been instrumental in helping secure new businesses within the Manitou Beach Village. Holly is an active member of the Manitou Beach Business Association, Professional Development Committee of the Lenawee County Association of Realtors, Board Member of the Land & Lakes Ladies Club, and a Board Member of the Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce.
When Holly isn’t showing property, she and her husband, Rob, enjoy watching their two beautiful daughters, Chloe and Lily, play sports and creating lifelong memories on the lake and traveling with family and friends. Holly’s family are longtime members of the DLYC, she worked at the club throughout college, her mom served on the DLYC Ladies Auxiliary and now Holly’s eldest daughter, Chloe, is working as a Hostess. Given Holly’s deep roots to the area and the club, Holly is passionate about the success of DLYC and ensuring it continues to be a destination for the members and their guests to enjoy.
I am pleased to be running for a second term as a DLYC Board of Governors Member.
I am the proud husband to my wife of 27 years Stacy, as well as father to my two daughters Abigail (26), and Hanna (25). My daughters represent the 4th generation of family members to be raised enjoying the South shore of Devils Lake. During my time on the lake, the DLYC has always been the place where the community has come together to create memories and share laughter. Many of the friendships I hold dear were forged here and remain strong to this day.
As a Toledo native and now Devils Lake resident, I attended St John’s Jesuit HS, University of Dayton and postgraduate at Lourdes University. I am currently the Co-Owner of North Shore Pontoon Center as well as a member of the Devils and Round Lake Fireworks Committee. My hope is to remain involved in the surrounding community to help make it as strong and lasting as possible for future generations to enjoy. Hopefully the skillset I’ve developed over the years of my career, as well as my commitment to the community, will allow me to serve the DLYC families to the best of my ability.