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MCC appoints Steve Shoen to its board

The Montcalm Community College Board of Trustees appointed Stephen Shoen, of Stanton, to its board during its regular meeting on Tuesday.

Shoen replaces Richard Ellafrits, of Greenville, who resigned on March 13. His appointment is effective immediately.

Board of Trustees’ President Karen Carbonelli said she appreciates Ellafrits’ service to the board and welcomes Shoen as the board’s newest member.

“Steve has worked in many areas of our district and he understands the community,” Carbonelli said. “His financial background and his leadership skills will be valuable to the Board of Trustees.”

Shoen is a lifelong resident of Montcalm County, and he is a Central Montcalm High School graduate. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris State College in 1971 and is a graduate of the University of Michigan Graduate School of Banking and the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Banking. He began his 40-year banking career at Montcalm Central Bank (now Chemical Bank) in 1971 and served in the roles of officer trainee, assistant manager and branch manager. He joined Sidney State Bank in 1983 as assistant vice president and loan officer. He was promoted to vice president in 1987, and in 1992 he succeeded Rex Rice as president/CEO and chairman of the bank’s board of directors. Shoen retired from Sidney State Bank in December 2010 after 27 years of service. He still serves on the bank’s board of directors.

Ellafrits joined the MCC Board of Trustees in December 1999 and served as the treasurer.

“Dick served us very well as treasurer of the board,” Carbonelli said. “His financial background and expertise made him a very valuable board member. He was particularly effective in long-range planning and projections. We really appreciate his service to Montcalm Community College.”