New Buffalo, MI, July 31, 2017 -- The Pokagon Fund is pleased to announce that the United Way of Southwest Michigan has honored one of the Fund’s Board members and Treasurer, Deborah “Debbie” Schmidt, with its Emerging Volunteer Award for her commitment to United Way’s goals in the areas of education, income, health and basic needs.
In making the award United Way recognized Debbie’s lead role in developing sustainable, long-term financial management planning that has contributed to making The Pokagon Fund more sustainable long-term. In addition, United Way emphasized the active and effective role she has played in the Fund’s strategic planning, research and evaluation efforts.
Debbie Schmidt joined the Board of Directors of The Pokagon Fund in 2015 as one of three jointly selected directors. She came with a significant background in financial matters, having served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a multi-national arbitrage trading organization. She had also done extensive volunteer work on the Board of Trustees of Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary, both of which are located in Rochester, New York. She has continued that volunteer work not only with The Pokagon Fund, but also with financial and personal assistance to local families in need. In its award statement, United Way stated that, “There is no end to the list of what Debbie will do to help, and she would do it again and again, seeking nothing in return.”