Board of Directors


Chris Lauckner – President

Chris became involved with the Toni and Trish House because his passion for the care of individuals has led him to be a human service professional involved in ministries of hospice care, drug rehabilitation and public health administration. Chris also reaches out to individuals considered to be “under- served”.

He attended Delta College, receiving a BA Degree in Accounting. Chris also completed a Business Administration, Finance Degree at St. Thomas University, St. Paul, MN, and a Master’s in Divinity Degree from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI.

Chris is semi-retired but keeps busy with the following endeavors:

  • Life Transitions, CEO, offering non-denominational pastoral services (i.e. Wedding, Funeral, Memori- al, and Celebrations of Life)
  • Apprecots, Inc., Business Planning & Programming Consultant
  • Perceptions, Inc., Board Chair. Perceptions serves LGBT individuals residing in the Great Lakes BayRegion offering education, advocacy services, and support.

Rita Maier – Vice President

Rita lives in Bay City with Wayne, her husband of 48 years. Rita is lucky to have her en- tire family, four adult children and twelve grandchildren living in the Bay City/Midland area.

Rita became involved with the Toni and Trish House after attending a Circle of Car- ing fundraiser in 2010. Shortly after becoming involved, Rita’s own brother had to enter hospice care in FL, which reinforced her conviction of the continued need for compas- sionate care for the dying. Rita has been a volunteer caregiver at the house since her brother died in 2011.


Michele Vennix – Secretary

Michele is married to Paul Vennix and has two adult sons. Michele currently works atDow Chemical where she has been employed for 35 years. She has been involved withthe Toni and Trish House for the past four years volunteering at dinners, the Circle of Caring event and as a member of the Board of Directors.

Michele knew Toni Waskevich and, through Becky Chronowski, she was asked if she would be interested in helping at the Toni and Trish House. Michele says she loves her involvement with the Toni and Trish House because “Toni was a wonderful person and this is such a tribute to how she would care for people.”


Matthew Mieske

Matt had been married for 25 years, has two children and lives in Midland. Matt became involved with the Toni and Trish House in 2013 when his mother stayed there for about three months prior to her passing.

Matt says his mother was treated with care and compassion at Toni and Trish and her family is very appreciative of all the services that were available for her. Matt is a retired Major League baseball player, and is currently a Certified Financial Planner in Midland.


Kevin Miller – Executive Director

Kevin became involved with the Toni and Trish House after his father was a guest here in 2010. Kevin came back to the house with his fourteen year old daughter to volunteer oneyear after his father’s passing, while going to nursing school at Mid Michigan Community College.

After a short time, Kevin became a Care Coordinator at the house as he finished his college studies. Kevin continued working part time at the house until April of 2012, when he gained employment as a substance abuse nurse. Kevin returned to the Toni and Trish House in May of 2015 as the Executive Director.


Sally Bober Czabala

Sally has worked and volunteered in the Auburn community for over 30 years. Whenshe was employed at St. Gabriel church, she was aware of the possibility that the rectorycould be used as a home for the Toni Trish House.

She contacted John McKelvey in2007 and six months later the Diocese of Saginaw agreed to lease the rectory to them. She was one of the first volunteers at the house. Sally has been married to Frank for 47 years and has two children and seven grandchildren.


Penny Robinson – Volunteer

Penny started as a volunteer at the Toni & Trish House in January 2014, and became a member of the Board of Directors in January 2015 as an Events Coordinator. Penny has lived in Midland all her life and has worked at The Dow Chemical Company for over 33 years.

Penny and her husband Russell have been married for 30 years. Penny and Russell have two sons and a six year old grandson, Brayden.  Penny and Russell are huge Great Lakes Loons supporters and have hosted eight different players over the last ten years. Penny is Treasurer of the Loons Booster Club as well as a Loons Host Family Coordinator.


Mary Shaughnessy

Mary is a retired RN and has been a volunteer at the Toni and Trish House since
2008. She and her husband, Kevin, live in Midland. They have four grown children.


JoEllen Strieter

JoEllen is the Events Coordinator/Assistant Director at the Toni and Trish House. JoEllen has an array of experience in marketing and working with the public through her varied past employment history. She started at the Toni & Trish House in July, 2015.

Along with her work here, she is also the caregiver of her elderly mother. JoEllen is married to George, has three adult children and six grandchildren. She enjoys doing outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, camping, and kayaking.


Joan Varner

Joan Varner is the niece and Godchild of “Trish”. She’s helped with many Toni and Trish fundraisers, including the first one held in Midland in 2007. She continues to help with Come and See open houses and receptions.

Joan and a group of friends provide an Appreciation Dinner four times per year, to thank the volunteers for all they do. She is in charge of the reception following the annual Men of Music Concert to Benefit the Toni and Trish House each spring.

Originally from Midland, Joan, who recently retired from working at Breckenridge Elementary with Title 1, now lives in Breckenridge with her husband Greg. She serves on The Toni and Trish House Board of Directors, The Breckenridge Education Foundation Board and volunteers with many local fundraisers in her community and at church. Joan’s mom, Fay English, was a guest at the Toni and Trish House in 2009. Joan’s dad’s wife, Gerry English, was also a guest there in 2014. Joan recently took the training to become a volunteer caregiver at The Toni and Trish House.


John Stewart McKelvey

John, son of Trish (Pat) McKelvey, has volunteered and worked at Mother Teresa House in Lansing. He has an Associate degree in Hospice and Grief Counseling from the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice training Institute in New Mexico.

John is also has an Associate degree in Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse since 1995.