Northern Community Mediation

Board of Directors

The by-laws of Northern Community Mediation stipulate that the board consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 members. Each term begins on January 1 and ends three years later on December 31. A director may serve a total of two consecutive terms.

The Board of Directors for 2016 is as follows:




Kate Scollin President Retired Human Resources Manager
Julie Kuchnicki Vice-President Treasury Management Specialist
Bill Meengs Treasurer Attorney
Stuart Fenton  Secretary Chief Assistant Prosecutor
Bob Banner Director Attorney
Ed Engstrom Director Attorney
Mark Fralick Director Retired Student Success Advisor
Brian Kasiborski Director Attorney
The Honorable Frederick Mulhauser Director Retired 7th Probate Judge
Chelsea Platte Director ED Charlevoix Hospital Foundation
Kirk Raymond Director Deputy Court Clerk - Criminal
Mary Roberts Director Employee Relations LTBB Odawa
Christian Smith Director Executive Director of YMCA

Kate Scollin, President

Kate Scollin

Kate Courtney Scollin has recently retired from Preston Feather Building Centers, following over twenty-two years of service. She joined the company as Advertising and Marketing Director and gradually evolved into Human Resources.

Kate is a graduate of Wayne State University with a BS degree in Housing and Interior Design, and has attended many post-graduate programs offered by Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations. She achieved certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources in 2008.

In addition to her work at Preston Feather, Kate has volunteered with a variety of community organizations, including the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Northern Michigan SHRM, United Way, the Little Traverse Association of Home Builders, Women's Resource Center, and as a volunteer parent in her son's schools.

It is Kate's belief that the great staff of an organiztion is its best and most valuable marketing resource.



Julie Kuchnicki, Vice President

Julie Kuchnicki

Julie Kuchnicki is a Treasury Management Specialist at Chemical Bank, formerly known as the Bank of Northern Michigan. In March 2001, Julie started at the Bank of Northern Michigan as a customer service representative. Her dedication in this capacity to helping others gaver her the experience to become a trusted, financial advisor.

Julie volunteers for the Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club for special events and grant applications. She currently resides in Brutus, Michigan with her husband Joe and their three cats: Maly, Lucy and Ruby. She loves gardening, motorcycling and snowshoeing.

Bill Meengs, Treasurer

Bill Meengs

Bill Meengs is an attorney with Stroup & Meengs, P.C. He is also the past president of the Emmet Charlevoix Bar Association.

Stuart Fenton, Secretary

Stuart Fenton

Stuart is the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Emmet County. He is responsible for handling all major felony criminal cases for the Emmet County Prosecutor's Office, and acts as the Prosecuting Attornney in the absence of same.

Previously, Stuart served as the Senior Assistant Prosecutor in Kalamazoo County for 21 years. He has been a lawyer since 1987. He also teaches and trains extensively in various law enforcement areas across the state.

Bob Banner

Bob Banner

Bob is an attorney. He has maintained his general practice law firm in Boyne City for 25 years. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Bob has previously served on the Board at Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City, on the Board of Driectors for Camp Daggett, and is a Past President of the Emmet/Charlevoix Bar Association. He lives at home with his wife Cindy, daughter Katelyn and son Phillip. Bob enjoys the outdoors spending most of his time hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family.

Ed Engstrom

Ed Engstrom

Ed Engstrom grew up in Charlevoix. He graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his Juris Doctorate through Detroit College of Law, which is now at MSU. He worked in the Detroit metropolitan area for approximately 12 years, handling many different aspects of legal issues on behalf of thousands of clients.

Ed realized it would be best for his two children to grow up in the Charlevoix area, and consequently, moved back in 2002., where he has been practicing law ever since. He has volunteered his time to Northern Community Mediation as a mediator regarding civil disputes and/or domestic issues for several years.

Ed enjoys attending the numerous festivals and events that the community has to offer. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, craft making, as well as fixing things and assisting individuals in resolving their issues.

Mark Fralick

Mark Fralick

Mark taught and coacked in the Petoskey Public Schools for 30 years. For the past seven years, he has worked in various positions in the Boyne City Public Schools. Currently, Mark is the middle school Student Success Advisor. Over the years, Mark has been involved in several projects sponsored by the Women's Resource Center.

Brian Kasiborski

Brian Kasiborski

Brian is an Assistant Vice President and Michigan Underwriting Counsel for Old Republic National Title Insuracne Company. In this role, he provides agency support for Michigan real estate transactions and is responsible for underwriting policy in the state.

He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State Unioversity College of Law. Despite having both schools on his reume, he is true Blue all the way.

A fully trained and certified mediator, Brian also serves as an adjunct professor at North Central Michigan College. When not chasing little white balls through the woods or chasing hockey pucks around the rink, Brian enjoys time with his family and supporting all things Michigan and Detroit.

The Honoarable Frederick Mulhauser

The Honorable Frederick Mulhauser

Fred is the judge of the 7th Probate and Family Court in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. He is directly responsible for establishing the Child Protection Mediation Program (CDP), as well as the Victinm-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP).

Chelsea Platte

Chelsea Platte

A northern Michigan notive, Chelsea has been with Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital since 2013, serving as the interim marketing and communications coordinator before moving to her current position with the hospital's Foundation in late 2013. She attended the University of Michigan and obtained a degree focused in Business and Globalization. After college, a move to Chicago landed Chelsea in the world of creat beer before she became a transition property manage for hi-rise condominium buildings all over the city. Six years and one cross-country van trip later, she returned to northern Michigan and entered the field of healthcare philanthropy.

Chelsea is a graduate of the 2014 Class of Leadership Charlevoix County, a past ambassador and new board member for the Charlevoix Chamber, serves as a committee member for Charlevoix Main Street, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Charlevoix. Home is a farm near the Walloon Village and boyne City, where she lives with her soon husband-to-be, their three dogs and a cate who rules the roost.


Kirk Raymond

Kirk Raymond

Kirk graduated from East Jordan High School. He is currently living in East Jordan with his wife and two daughters.

Kirk started working as the Animal Control Officer with the Sheriff's Department for the County of Charlevoix in 1993. In the fall of 1994, he started working inside the county jail as a Corrections Officer. Then, in January 2000, Kirk was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In the spring of 2001, he started working for the Honorable Richard May of the 90th District Court. He worked as Judge May's Civil Clerk for eight years, and then he was promoted to Criminal Clerk.

Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts


Mary has worked for the Tribe in various positions for over 21 years with Human Resources as her primary focus. She recently transferred from the Odawa Casino Human Resources Department as an Employee Relations Specialist to the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Government Human Resources Department. Her position is that of Human Resources Generalist.

Under the direction of the Human Resources Director, Mary supports all HR functions with a special emphasis on training development and recruiting. She identifies training needs, and develops and implements programs for staff development. She manages the internships, tracks performance appraisals, and administers the Workers' Compensation Program.


Mary earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Management & Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University, and has resided in northern Michigan with her husband and two sons.

Mary's service extends beyond her family and community. She take great pride that she was appointed by then Governor Jennifer Granhold to serve on the Michigan Inter-Agency Coordinating Counsel for Children with Developmental Delays (MICC). In this position, she represented the Tribes of Michigan.

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Christian Smith is a civically engaged New Jersey native, who studied Political Science and History at Rutgers University. Four years of working in public education steered him towards one of his passions in youth development. He spent six years working for the Berkleley Heights YMCA as Program Director, focusing on community collaborations, special events and youth development programs.

Currently, Christian is the Executive Director for the YMCA of Northern Michigan and is focused on improving the overall health and well-being of youth in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Moreover, Christian is a proud Rotarian and member of the Leadership Little Traverse class of 2015.