Sarah Marsh
Don Cortez
Judy Hanner

Matt Dahline

Being an entrepreneur has been in my blood since a young age.  I have started a number of small businesses and worked as an IT consultant, Project Manager, Account manager and various other roles in large corporations.  All these experiences have helped solidify the skills necessary to purchase and grow Crosswinds Aviation. I also have Hecht and Associates Business Professionals Course Certification (alternative MBA) and two years in Hecht and Associates LEIP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Power) follow-on course.

I have seen in our business that if youth in our community given the opportunity, they will do amazing things.  I have learned over the years that no matter what you do, work hard and do it well.  I’ve also learned that acting in a way that builds trust in relationships is what produces a great foundation for success as we work with other people.  I hope that I can bring these strong core values and my passion for working with young students to the HEF, and help provide those opportunities to our amazing students in the Howell community.

I am married to my beautiful wife Andrea.   We have a Senior, Mathias, who just graduated from HHS and a daughter, Amelia, who is going into her Junior year at HHS.  I could not be more blessed to have these amazing 3 people on this journey with me.  Andrea and I are both pilots and sailors, and we love exploring new places together.  Mathias is going to Adrian College primarily to participate in their highly ranked BASS fishing team.  Amelia is passionate about dancing and hopes to become an airline pilot.

Jason Schrock 

Jason Schrock is currently in his ninth year as principal at Howell High School and 21st year in education. He began his educational career as a mathematics teacher in 1999 and moved into administration as an assistant principal in 2007.  He is passionate about leadership and leadership development which led him to pursue the role of building principal in 2012.  He has a strengths-based approach to developing leadership in his teaching and administrative team.  

In 2017 he was the recipient of Youth for Understanding’s Award for Education Innovation and was recognized by MASSP in 2018 as Principal of the Year.  In 2019 he received the Class Noble award for Educator of the Year on behalf of the National Society for High School Scholars.  He is also proud to have led the team which launched Howell’s first project-based alternative high school, Innovation Academy in the fall of 2018.  Jason is actively involved in the Howell community and has been on the Board of the Howell Education Foundation since 2018.


He has a BA in Mathematics from Michigan State University, MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University.  However, he is most proud to celebrate his 22nd year of marriage to an amazing woman, Hollie Schrock, his high school sweetheart. Together they have four children (Jonah, Alaina, Micah and Julia). who attend Howell Public Schools.  Jonah and Alaina are recent graduates of Howell High School.

Hank Vaupel

After obtaining my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1967 my career has taken several turns.  I started as an Associate Veterinarian in private practice, Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery and Medicine at Michigan State University, Captain in the US Army and worked as a Veterinarian at the race tracks in New York before returning to Livingston County to start my own veterinary practice in 1972.

As a retired business owner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Local Government official, State Government official, and community volunteer I have a great interest in the development of our students. As our society evolves it becomes apparent that the educational needs of our students change also.  The outstanding work of the Howell Education Foundation has recognized and proactively reacted to these changes.  Being in the Michigan Legislature has helped make me aware of the many needs and opportunities of or economy.  I would like the opportunity to utilize my experience and interest as a part of the Howell Education Foundation.

My wife, Cathy and I celebrated our 50th anniversary in January of this year.  We have two sons, an Electrical Engineer with an MBA, on Orthopaedic Surgeon, two daughters in law and 3 wonderful grandchildren.  Beyond family my interests are fitness and preventive health activities, golf, running, travel, education and community involvement.

Patti Griffith

Patti currently works at First National Bank in Howell as the Director of Operations.  In her role at the bank she oversees the Deposit Operations and Information Technology areas.  Patti is a Howell High School graduate.  She began working at First National as a Co-Op student while in high school.  She previously held positions as a Branch Manager and Controller.  She continued her education at Lansing Community College, Cleary University and earned an MBA at Madonna University.

Patti has been involved in various organizations in the community including the Howell Rotary Club (serving as an Interact Club Advisor at Howell High School), Howell Area Chamber of Commerce, and Boy Scouts of America.  She is very interested in programs that promote and contribute to the success and growth of youth in the community.  Her involvement in these activities and other volunteer efforts and fundraisers has allowed her to make multiple connections in the community.  These connections assist in her awareness of needs in the area and helps to connect resources.

Patti lives in Fowlerville with her husband Jim and has two grown children, Melissa and Adam.  She enjoys spending time with family, traveling, reading, camping and other outdoor activities.

Barb Line is the Coordinator of Lansing Community College’s Livingston County Center.  She has worked at LCC in Howell for the past 23 years as an administrator and advisor and has over 30 years of experience in education.  She earned her B.S. in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and, prior to her experience in education, worked with families who were impacted by domestic violence.

Barb is passionate about encouraging and guiding students on their education journey. She partnered with Livingston Educational Services Agency to develop an Early College nursing program for Livingston County high school students, and the first cohort started in the spring of 2018.  She also works with dual enrollment students to provide a seamless transition to college.  She is committed to continually providing opportunities for Howell students to maximize their potential for success.

Barb has been married for 34 years and has two children and a one-year old grandson. She enjoys baking, reading, traveling, and spending time with family.

Nathan Vohwinkle

During my time at Michigan State University studying physiology… I spent summers framing houses for a local builder in Linden.  I enjoyed the work so much,  I joined a union carpentry company when I graduated.  I built with them for the next five years until an opportunity came along to purchase a pipe supply company.   We furnished sanitary, storm and water main infrastructure materials to road builders, excavators and plumbers all over the state of Michigan.   I recently sold that company to a much larger establishment, so I could then focus my efforts on a start up in the renewable energy sector,  Geothermal Innovations, where I’m currently the President as well as an owner.  

I have been around the trades my entire working career.  Whether it’s carpentry, plumbing, electrical, excavating, road builders… etc., I have interacted with all of them In some capacity or another and have learned how valuable each trade is to US economic growth and success.   All of the areas of building have tremendous career potential for anyone, even those that don’t believe college is for them.  I feel with my past and current experience in the industry, I can provide advice or opportunities to kids trying to determine their first career move.

My wife and I have three boys in the Howell schools. We are very active within the district, helping with volunteering, extracurricular activities and sports. We love the district, and are very happy we call it home.

Jack Field

Working in Marion Township allowed me to see the growth of our community, and how important the education community is. Being on the St. Joseph Educational Council gave me the opportunity to see the complete education that Howell has to offer, as I have had children and grandchildren in both parochial and public schools. This experience I have found is a great addition to the Howell Education Foundation, as it allows me to see the value of various types of education.  Education is more than just preparing children for college, and Howell has done an excellent job for all areas. Not only preparing our children for college, but all aspects of building trades.

I have been a Howell resident for over 30 years, with 2 adult children, and 3 grandchildren. My daughter lives in Howell with my grandchildren. My oldest grandchild finished her freshman year at college at Arizona State, and was heavily involved in many leadership roles at Howell High School

My passion is FIRST Robotics. I have been involved with FIRST robotics for the past 8 years and have seen the Howell program grow from 1 team to now over 30 teams. Now, I am one of the Head Judges for the State of Michigan along with being a  World Championship Judge

My hobbies include golf, bowling, gardening, and traveling as much as I can.

Bob Ridsdale

I graduated from Howell High School in 1972, with a plan to become an architect. I attending LCC for a year and got a summer job on a framing crew, thinking it would help with a college skill set. It turned out I loved the work and never went back to school. I framed for 30 years, part of it as a foreman and the remaining 25 years as a framing business  owner of my own company called Ridsdale Carpentry. I had to learn how to efficiently manage employees, organize and schedule jobs and crews. The last 15 years I worked alongside my wife building custom homes for Ridsdale Custom Homes.

I have an interest in helping young adults become exposed to the building trades, especially those who are not able or interested in attending college. There is a huge need in almost all trades of construction.

I have been married to my wife Corry for 47 years and we have three children and four grandchildren. My children have all graduated from Howell High School. I love to play golf and still have a great interest in house design and development.