Board of Directors
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Elizabeth Koepfgen, President – Elizabeth Koepfgen is a third year board member and member of the Parade & Picnic in the Park committee. Elizabeth is Assistant Vice President of Commercial Loans at Independent Bank. She is Secretary of the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association. A nearly life-long resident of Jackson County, Elizabeth is a graduate of Jackson Community College and Central Michigan University and is married with one energetic son.

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Jim Francis, Vice-President – Seventh year on the Board of Directors and past treasurer. Jim is CEO of Jackson Community Federal Credit Union, an 18 year sponsor.

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Angela Machnik, Secretary - A first year board member, Angela is an active member of the Jackson community. Angela moved to Jackson in March of 2007 after 7 + years in Chicago where she was a sales assistant at a family owned publishing company. She worked with the American Red Cross when she first came back to Jackson and a year later became the events coordinator at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce.
She is the secretary and an active member of the Jackson noon Business & Professional Women's organization where she was named 2012 Person of Achievement, she is on the Baker College Paralegal Advisory Board and is a volunteer at the Michigan Theatre. And if that isn't enough she is a mom to daughter Olivia.

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Brad Goldsmith, Treasurer – 1st year on the Board of Directors, owner and operator of Goldsmith Accounting and Jiffy Tax.

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Ashley Smith, Communications Committee Co-Chair – Ashley is a lifetime resident of Jackson and has been in the design & marketing industry for 10 years. In addition to being the lead graphic designer at The Ray Group (Ray Print & Mail), she is a contributing photographer to Jacksonopolis and owns local photography & design company Mashed Media. She and her husband Jason have two little girls and live in the city of Jackson.

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Amy Mullins-Rodgers, Communications Committee Co-Chair – Amy, second-year board member and past board secretary, is also an active member of the Women's Leadership Council, Jackson’s Alzheimer’s Walk, and former Popcorn Kernel for Cub Scouts of America Pack 437. She was awarded the 2011 Spark Plug Award “for inspiration through exceptional volunteerism”.
Amy is married with two boys. A resident of Jackson County since 1999, she graduated from Jackson Community College, Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society and is currently enrolled at Spring Arbor University. She is employed by Arcadia Home Care & Staffing in Jackson.

Jackson County Rose Festival Board Member
Board Seat Open - The Jackson County Rose Festival currently has an open seat on our board of directors. If you are interested in applying please complete the "Contact Us" information page on this website.

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Lynda Rupp Waldron, Executive Director of the Jackson County RoseQueen Scholarship Pageant - Second year board member. Lynda has been a resident of Jackson for 25 years after moving here from Brighton. After Spending 16 years in the wireless industry, Lynda now works Allegiance Health as the Gift Shop Supervisor. She has also been the Supervisor of the Volunteer Resource Center for the Great Lakes Blood Region of the American Red Cross. Lynda also has had a successful career in acting and modeling. She had the privilege of hosting “Variety” one of JTV’s weekly line up of shows. In addition she has also appeared in print and statewide television commercials.
Lynda has been volunteering for more than 20 years. She is an active member in Business & Professional Women's Organization, Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way, Martin Luther King Foundation, MLK Challenge Day adult facilitator and she also serves on the advisory council at Quest’s Jackson and Lansing Campus’s.

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Carolyn Gilg, Communications Committee Co-Chair –Carolyn is a second year Board Member and a one year resident of Jackson County. Prior to moving to Jackson County, Carolyn and her husband Roger lived in Calhoun County on their Centennial Farm. Carolyn has been active in her community serving as an officer on various boards and committees starting with the PTO of her sons’ elementary school and currently president of Albion Business & Professional Women’s Club. Along the way she earned an Associate’s Degree of Arts from Kellogg Community College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Multi-Disciplinary Studies from Siena Heights University.
Carolyn is excited about this opportunity to serve her new community and looks forward to participating in many of the Rose Festival events in 2013.

Jackson County Rose Festival Board Member
Board Seat Open - The Jackson County Rose Festival currently has an open seat on our board of directors. If you are interested in applying please complete the "Contact Us" information page on this website.

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Jessica Embury – Third year board member, Jessica is the co-chair of the Holiday Expo. She is also very active in area Girl Scouts, the Aware Shelter, Jackson Business and Professional Women's Organization and Jackson Women's Leadership Council of the United Way.

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Windy Chmiel, Executive Director Miss Jackson County Outstanding Teen Pageant – Windy was our 1996 Miss Jackson County RoseQueen and has been actively involved with the Rose pageant for the past 10 years. Windy is employed by Jackson Community Federal Credit Union. Windy attended JCC where she was a memeber of the Starfleet Ambassadors and she studied music. Windy has been a guest perfomer at such venues as the Grand Ole' Opry, Nashville Palace and Disney World. Windy brings her love of the performing arts as well as her strong belief in the Miss America system to serve as our Executive Director of the Miss Jackson County Outstanding Teen Pageant.

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Melissa Callison, Sponsor Coordinator Chair – Melissa is a second year board member. After judging the 2011 Miss Jackson Outstanding Teen Pageant she was hooked.
Melissa graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1984 with a BBA in Operations Research and Information Systems. She is the new Director of Legal Administration & Technology for Consumers Energy, where she has worked for 26 years. Melissa has been married to her husband for 25 years and they have two sons. Melissa is a founding member and serves as Chair of the Women's Leadership Council for the United Way of Jackson County, she is a United Way board of directors member and was nominated in 2010 for UW Volunteer of the Year and was awarded UW 2011 Volunteer of the Year. She also received the UW Director's Achievement Award in 2009 for her work as Director of the Consumer's Energy Corporate Campaign. She recently completed a 3-year term as the Ways and Means Chair for Consumers Energy's Community Minded Service Club. She sits on the board of directors of LifeWays, and recently joined the Developmental Disabilities Advocacy group, spearheaded by disAbilitiy Connections. Melissa is also a past member of the Jackson Civitan and Sunrise Lions Clubs.

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Davan Gerding – Davan is a second year board member. Davan graduated from Lumen Christi High School in 1998 and Pennsylvania Culinary School in 2001. He owned and operated of Wavelanders Catering from 2001- 2005 / President of DMS.INC ( 2006-2010 ) Executive Chef of Davan's Restaurant (2006-2010). And is currently the Creator and Chef Of Atrium Cafe at Commonwealth Commerce Center in Jackson, MI. He is also the proud father of two beautiful children, Maddie and Ayden.


Jackson County Rose Festival Board Member
Board Seat Open - The Jackson County Rose Festival currently has an open seat on our board of directors. If you are interested in applying please complete the "Contact Us" information page on this website.

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