Kneeshaw elected Michigan 4-H Foundation board president

Sheila Wade Kneeshaw, of Detroit, was elected president of the Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees at its fall board meeting Oct. 2.

Sheila Wade Kneeshaw, Michigan 4-H Foundation president
Sheila Wade Kneeshaw, Michigan 4-H Foundation president

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Sheila Wade Kneeshaw, of Detroit, was elected president of the Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees at its fall board meeting Oct. 2.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization that supports the mission and vision of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension 4-H Youth Development statewide. The foundation receives donations from individuals and organizations to support 4-H youth development.

Kneeshaw has been a trustee since 2015 representing the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (WNF&GA), Michigan Division. The WNF&GA has been a strong 4-H partner since the incorporation of the Michigan 4-H Foundation in 1952. Kneeshaw also currently serves as president of the WNF&GA, Michigan Division and is a past president of the Indian Village Branch, WNF&GA. An avid gardener, she is a member of the Herb Society of America-Grosse Pointe Unit, Western Wayne County Master Gardener Association, Nichols School Garden Jr. Master Gardener Program, among others. Before retiring, she served the city of Detroit for 40 years in several roles, including economic development manager and project manager.

Michigan 4-H Foundation trustees are volunteers who manage foundation policies and operations, and are community advocates for ongoing and increasing support for 4-H. They are also charged with overseeing the activities of foundation staff members and working on committees developed to facilitate foundation operations.

Also elected as vice president is Thomas L. Bosserd, of Plymouth, representative for Halderman Real Estate and Farm Management Services. Re-elected as treasurer is Melissa Humphrey, Fowler, regional vice president for GreenStone Farm Credit Services; and as secretary, Jacob M. DeDecker, St. Johns, state leader for Michigan 4-H Youth Development and MSU Extension Children and Youth associate director. The immediate past president is Sara A. Stuby of Centreville.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Michigan 4-H Youth Development. For more information about the Michigan 4-H Foundation, visit mi4hfdtn.org. Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension.

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