Meet The Board of Directors
Gerry Morris, Board President
Gerry retired, after serving almost 30 years with the Federal Government . As a Vietnam veteran, he served honorably on the USS Kitty Hawk from 1965-1967. He has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and has provided classroom and individual instruction at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels.
Gerry is a former Traverse City Board of Education member, serving as President of that Board for three years. He was also the Finance Officer for the Board of the National Cherry Festival. He has extensive training in Zenger Miller Human Relations Training, Juran Institute, Planning for Quality, Negotiation Arts and Skills, United States Department of State, and is an MBTI Certified Instructor. Gerry joined the Project Unity for Life Board of Directors in early 2013 and serves as mentor, mentor instructor, and advisor to the Board on all matters pertaining to its mentoring activities. Gerry is also Treasurer of the Grand Traverse Drug Free Coalition and Families Against Narcotics.
Joe Schmidt - Vice President/Acting Treasurer
Joe Schmidt has been with Project Unity For Life since April 2006 and currently is the Treasurer. He served in Pugsley Correctional Facility and Grand Traverse county jail. Although, Joe has not been incarcerated before, he has had to deal with the life controlling issues that have plagued the people we serve. He is married to Penny and has two children, Danny and Jennifer. Joe and his family worship at Northern Lakes Community Church. He has been a Real Estate agent since 1991. Joe enjoys most any sports but loves Golf. His sincere desire for anyone participating in our program is to get saved, get to know Christ intimately, become a productive person in the community, and tell someone what Christ has done for you. Only God can bring about the true peace we all seek.
Ricky McCallum - Board Member
Anthony Hamilton-Board Member
Justin Gerschoffer- Board Member
Karin Banks- Board Member
Karin has over 14 years of direct care experience in community-based agencies that provide support and counseling services to individuals with co-occurring disorders and developmental disabilities. Karin’s skills are diverse having served in a variety of roles over her career in residential, outpatient and supportive housing programs for women, children and families. She has expertise in evidence based service delivery and providing gender specific and trauma informed care in one of Arizona’s leading programs for women. She additionally provided oversight to the outreach and admissions activities within the best practice program. Often the first person women and families members encountered within the behavioral health system, Karin is skilled in client engagement and assisting individuals to initiate change using motivational interventions. Karin’s excellent rapport building skills and the high value she places on developing quality relationships and connections has contributed to her reputation for professionalism, dependability, conscientiousness, and client advocacy. Karin has worked at Dakoske Hall since May 2016, as a Care Coordinator/Case Management Coordinator. In May of 2017, Karin also earned an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist certificate through NADA. Karin holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University.