Board Members

Dean Smith

J. Dean Smith, Bay Port, MI. Chair of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Smith was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 1989. He holds a BA in Agricultural Sciences from Michigan State University. Dean is the husband of Nancy and the father of Alicia and Melissa who attend the USA and Laker High Schools. Mr. Smith is in partnership with his family with several businesses including Smith Family Farms. Dean also owns and operates his own businesses which include Commercial Investments and real estate. Mr. Smith formally served as the Huron County Drain Commissioner and host of the WNEM-TV5 Farm and Garden Show. He currently serves on the Church Finance Committee; member of Michigan Corn Growers Association; member of the Cooperative Elevator; and Farm Bureau member.
Hank Weitenberner

Hank Weitenberner, Bad Axe, MI. Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Weitenberner was appointed to the HBH Board of Directors in 1995.  Retired Funeral Director. He is the husband of Barb and the couple have four sons, Hank, Rick, Jeff and Tim, and three grandchildren.  Mr. Weitenberner holds an Associate Degree in Banking and Finance from Northwood University and is a graduate of Wayne State University, College of Mortuary Science.   Mr. Weitenberner served ten (10 years) on the Huron County Board of Commissioners, 3 years as Chairman, 4 years as Finance Committee Chair, and 2 years as Personnel Committee Chair.  Mr. Weitenberner served the past 3 years as Chairman on the Huron County Transit Authority Board, 5 years as Chair of the Personnel Committee; A five (5) year member of the Board of Directors of Region 7 Area Agency on Aging, he presently serves as Secretary of the organization.  He has also served as President of the Huron County Council on Aging for the past five (5) years.  Mr. Weitenberner is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards, Lansing.  Mr. Weitenberner was the Bad Axe High School Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach for 28 years and is the only Assistant Coach ever elected to the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame.

Beverly Wiltse, Sebewaing, MI. Secretary of Board of Directors, and chairperson of the Personal Committee.  Ms. Wiltse was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 2010. Ms. Wiltse and son Charles Wiltse are new business owners of Cedar Tavern and Grill, Lupton, MI. Ms. Wiltse currently works at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Unionville as the Secretary to the Pastor and a Ministry Counselor. She has been a Caregiver for over 29 + years. Member of the Ladies Aid group at her church and School Board member of Unionville/Sebewaing Christ the King. Ms. Wiltse holds a degree in Advertising and also earned her Barber and Beautician License in 1973. She has many years’ experience in bookkeeping positions. She assisted her husband and his parents in Canada at the Esnagi Lodge Fishing Camp they owned. She was the previous owner of the Sears Catalog Store in Sebewaing, Michigan; managing that store for over twelve (12) years. She also worked in the newspaper advertising business in Pigeon for four (4) years. To add to her sales experience, Ms. Wiltse has been selling Mary Kay Products for over 20 years. Ms. Wiltse’s passion is helping people and being with her husband, children and grandchildren. They are the love of her life.
Patty Bocl

Patty Bock, Bad Axe, MI. Ms. Bock was appointed to the HBH Board of Directors in 2018. Patty is a local graduate of Laker Schools, earned Computer Technical Certification through the Control Data Institute of Southfield, MI. Patty is the mother of 2 adult children, Billy and Madison. Patty is a compassionate and caring individual with extensive experience in Customer Service and Health Care. Patty is also a previous business owner in Bad Axe.
Bruce Gibb

Bruce Gibb, Port Austin, MI.  Retired.  Mr. Gibb was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 2015.  Previously employed as a Computer Aided Design (CAD) operator at Thumb Tool & Engineering, Bad Axe.

Pamela Jo Kahler, Bad Axe, MI. Mrs. Kahler was appointed to the HBH Board of Directors in 2000.  Retired Social Worker from Harbor Beach Community Hospital.  Ms. Kahler also worked at Catholic Family Services and Child Family Services. Ms. Kahler holds a Masters of Social Work Degree. Ms. Kahler’s community services are widespread. She served on the Bad Axe School Board for nine (9) years; Jaycettes holding the office of President; Verona Hills Golf Course-Women’s Division President and Committee for several years; Huron County Baby Pantry – Secretary; Huron County Homeless Solutions since 2004 – Secretary; Sacred Heart Catholic Church Lay Minister; serves on the Mid State Health Network Board of Directors.
Dale Koehler

Dale Koehler, Sebewaing, MI.  Mr. Koehler was appointed to the HBH Board of Directors in 2005.  Retired Police Chief after 30 years of service.  Mr. Koehler served on the Huron County Board of Commissioners for ten (10) years and served his church council as President for three (3) years.
Mary Motz

Mary Motz, Pigeon, MI.  Ms. Motz was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 2017.  Ms. Motz holds a Bachelor Degree from Ferris State University and is retired from the Huron Area Technical Center after 27 years of teaching cosmetology. Mary and her husband Jay have six children. Mary is an active member of Michigan Skills USA for 22 years and served as President for one year. Mary is also a very active member of the Elkton United Methodist Church, Lay Speaker, Teacher, and Leadership Council.

Peter Ney, Bad Axe, MI.  Retired Business Owner.  Mr. Ney was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 1975.  Mr. Ney served on the Huron County Board of Commissioners for twelve (12) years; 3 yrs. as Chairman, 6 years as Chairman of Finance Committee, 6 years as chairman of the Sheriff’s Committee, served on the Personnel Committee and the Legislative Committee.  Mr. Ney served thirty (30) years on the Huron County Health Department Board; 6 years as Chairman, 12 years on the Finance Committee and served on the Personnel Committee. Mr. Ney served on the County Corrections Board for 12 years; Huron County Department of Public Works for 6 years; Huron County Transit Authority Board as Chair for 8 years; Region VII Area Agency on Aging Advisory Board for 5 years; Huron County Economic Development Corporation Chairman for 6 years; Bad Axe Fire Chief for 25 years; Commander of the Bad Axe American Legion; Board of Directors of the Bad Axe Lions Club and Member of Verona Hills Golf Club.

John Nugent, Port Austin, MI. Mr. Nugent was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 2011.  Currently serving 3rd term as 7th District Huron County Commissioner.  Formerly Bad Axe City Manager.  Deputy Director Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Flint.  Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Michigan State University. Married to wife Donna, one daughter Natalie and one granddaughter Adelaide.
Robert Witherspoon

Mr. Robert Witherspoon, Port Hope, MI. Retired Dairy and Crop Farmer.  Mr. Witherspoon was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 1990.  Mr. Witherspoon served on the Huron Community Health Board for twenty-six (26) years. County Board of Commissioners for four (4) years the first year as chairman. He also served as chairperson of finance, personnel, and legislative committees.  He served as Township Clerk, Supervisor, and twenty five (25) years as the Tax Assessor.  Mr. Witherspoon is very active in his church community having served as the Church Treasurer for fourteen (14) years; served as Chairman of the congregation for 4 years, and served on the School Board for St. John Lutheran Church in Port Hope.  He is a lifelong member of the Huron County Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors for 6 Years.

Joann Yott, Port Hope, MI. Retired Registered Nurse.  Ms. Yott was appointed to HBH Board of Directors in 2009.  Ms. Yott worked at Henry Ford Hospital; University of California Medical Center; Sparrow Hospital; Huron County Health Department; and currently works part-time at Concerned Home Care in Harbor Beach.  Ms. Yott is a diploma graduate of Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Detroit.  She is past President/Executive Secretary of Henry Ford Hospital School of Nurses Alumni Association serving 1981-2005.  She served as President of the Business and Professional Woman Association from 1990-2000.  Member and Officer of Thrivent Financial Huron County Chapter for five (5) years.