The Mason County Promise Zone

The Mason County Promise Zone was established in 2018, with its first cohort of 80 Promise Scholars at West Shore Community College in the 2018-19 academic year. But the Promise is more than numbers of students, it's a commitment from the communities, companies and citizens of Mason County to our youth and to the future. 

Authority Board

Community Partners



Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board

Board Vacancy

Posted on 9-17-2020; Term of Service begins 1-1-2021

What: Mason County Promise Zone Board Member, non-legislatively appointed, 4-year term.

Who: Any Mason County Adult (18+) Resident can apply.

When: Please submit no later than November 1, 2020.

The Mason County Promise values an inclusive board made up of diverse perspectives. In an

effort to achieve a board that fairly represents the community it serves, the Promise Board will

seek to fill board vacancies in a manner that represents the Mason County in its backgrounds,

experience, and insight.

Perspectives that add valuable insight to the Promise Board include, but are not limited to:

  • Parents of students in K-12 or post-secondary education

  • Educators in K-12 or post-secondary education

  • School Counselors or academic advisors

  • Economic Development experience including Workforce Development

  • Community Involvement or Leadership experience

  • Business Leaders or Human Resource Directors

The Board is composed of eleven voting members. Nine of the eleven positions can be filled when vacant by the Mason County Promise Board. The remaining two positions, when vacant, are filled by appointment. One by the State House Majority Leader, and the other by the State

Senate majority leader. The Board also has several ex-officio positions that are non-voting members who serve to provide valuable insight to the Board. These positions include a current Promise Scholar.

All meetings are open to the public. The Board currently meets on the 2nd Monday of each month from 3-5 PM, with committee meetings that vary.

Mason County Promise Board Roles and Responsibilities:

1. Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings.

2. Respects other board members and builds a collegial working relationship that

contributes to an informed decision-making process.

3. Stays informed about Board matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and

reviews and comments on minutes and reports.

4. Makes a commitment to actively participate in committee work.

5. Is an active participant in the board’s strategic planning efforts.

6. Supports the mission of the Mason County Promise.

7. Advocates for Student Success and College and Career Readiness for all Mason County


8. Provides responsible stewardship of Mason County Promise resources to support the

efforts to achieve the board's mission.

9. Provides leadership and direction to any and all staff and participates in an annual


10. Participates in fundraising for the organization.

Questions related to this vacancy can be directed to or 231-239-8224.

Letters of interest should be submitted by November 1st, 2020.  In the letter, applicants should indicate how their public service as a Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board member would provide valuable insight (as detailed on a previous page) and an ability to commit to the Board membership roles and responsibilities (as detailed above). Please include your full name, physical address (and mailing address if different), email address, phone number, and any additional information you would like to share with the Board.  Candidates may be asked to complete a conflict of interest statement in the future.

Please direct a letter of interest in this position by email to OR by mail to:

Mason County Promise Zone Authority Board

Attn: Monica Schuyler, Chairperson

5300 W. US-10

Ludington, MI 49431

Board Members

Monica Schuyler, Chair

Ed Makowicki, Vice-Chair
Fabian Knizacky, Treasurer
Andrea Large, Secretary
Jason Kennedy, Member
Jim McLean, Member
Roger Nash, Member
Amy Pepper, Member
Annette Quillan, Member
Dena Thurston, Member

Kathy Surd, Member

Board Meeting Times

The Mason County Promise Zone Board meets monthly on the 2nd Monday of the Month from 3-5 pm. All meetings are at the Ludington & Scottville Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 5300 W. US 10 in Ludington, Michigan unless otherwise posted.

Promise Zone Board meetings will be held virtually until December 31, 2020 (via Zoom--see addresses below) per Senate bill 1108, signed into law on October 16, 2020. 

Starting in January 2021, provided there is no state of emergency, Promise Zone Board meetings will be held in-person at the Chamber Conference Room (and via Zoom by phone or internet).  Two periods of public participation will be provided, one at the beginning and one at the end of the meeting.  Please read below for the information to access the meetings.

Mason County Promise Zone Policy Committee

Wednesday, October 28th, 10:00 AM

Location: Online via Zoom

Location: Online

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 608 8135
Passcode: 7cwwSG

To join by phone +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 840 608 8135
Passcode: 155544

Mason County Promise Zone

Appeals Committee Meeting

Monday, November 2, 2020 11AM

Location: Online

The meeting can be found for public access online:

To join online:

Meeting ID: 879 4606 2850
Password: 3KQ72T

To join by phone:  +1 646 876 9923 US

Meeting ID: 879 4606 2850
Password: 560389

Mason County Promise Zone Student Success Committee Meeting

Monday, November 9th, 8-9:30 AM

Location: Online via Zoom 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 840 608 8135
Passcode: 7cwwSG
To join by phone: +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 840 608 8135
Passcode: 155544

Mason County Marketing Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December , 4:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom


Topic: MCPZ Marketing Committee Meeting Time: Dec 2, 2020 04:00 PM

Mar 3, 2021 04:00 PM

Jun 2, 2021 04:00 PM

Aug 4, 2021 04:00 PM

Dec 1, 2021 04:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 6528 9243 Passcode: 6QEfqD

To join by phone: +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 823 6528 9243 Passcode: 008924 

Mason County Promise Zone Board Meeting

Monday, November 9, 3-5:00 PM

Monday, December 12, 3-5:00 PM

Location: Online via Zoom

To join online:

Meeting ID: 837 0275 5270
Passcode: 4jcYuZ

To join by phone:  +1 646 876 9923 
Meeting ID: 837 0275 5270
Passcode: 492812


“ The Mason County Promise Zone will provide access to affordable education and job preparation opportunities to many who otherwise would not be able to participate because of life circumstances. As well as providing a means to access for many, the Promise Zone will lower the cost of education for others, help create a college-going culture in the county, while providing supplemental support to the public school systems. I am excited to watch the positive impact the Promise Zone will have on Mason County.” 

Scott Ward, President

– West Shore Community College

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