Board Meeting are held at 5:00 PM on the 1st Wednesday of each month (NOTE there will be no meeting on February 5, 2020) and a Work Session at 8:00 AM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at the Road Commission office located at 20914 M-86, Centreville, MI. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the meetings. Please see the meeting schedule for 2020 Yearly Board and Work Session Meeting schedule Special meetings are posted and advertised as required by law. The meetings are open to the public unless otherwise posted. Citizens are encouraged to attend.
Dave Allen of Three Rivers
Dave was re-appointed to the Board in 2015 and was re-elected as Chairman for 2020. His primary interest is in working with staff and his fellow road commissioners to deliver high quality services, county-wide, in a fair, equitable and fiscally responsible fashion. A thirty year resident of St. Joseph County, Dave is Vice President, Regulatory & Gas Operations for Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) in Cassopolis, Michigan. Prior to joining MEC in November 2008, Dave spent three years as Vice President, Business Development Officer for First National Bank in Three Rivers, three years as Executive Director for the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation, one year as Manager, Business Retention with Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo and fourteen years with SEMCO Energy in both Three Rivers and Battle Creek. When he left SEMCO Energy in 2001, Dave was Manager, Central District Operations & Public Affairs. A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Dave received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983 and his Masters of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University in 1986. Dave’s wife, Julie, is a retired teacher. They have two grown children, Ashleigh and Casey, and presently reside in Three Rivers, Michigan. Currently, Dave serves on numerous local, regional, state and national boards and committees.
Eric Shafer of Three Rivers
Eric was re-appointed to the Board in 2019 and elected as Vice-Chairman in 2020. Eric was born in Michigan but raised in California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and then he and his wife Georgina moved to Michigan where he managed a civil engineering firm in the Three Rivers area while pursuing a master’s degree at Western Michigan University. He then went to work for Waste Management as an environmental engineer and is now a District Manager. He and Georgina have been married for 32 years, have one child and reside on Fisher Lake just outside of Three Rivers.Eric has been actively involved in community organizations for many years and was elected as a St. Joseph County Commissioner in 2002 where he served three two year terms. He is currently on the board of the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce, the County Board of Public Works, the County Planning Commission and the County Solid Waste Planning Committee. He has been a member of the Three Rivers Rotary Club since 1999 and is currently an Assistant Governor representing five Rotary clubs in St. Joseph and Cass Counties.
John Bippus of Three Rivers
John was re-appointed to the Board in 2014 and served as Chairman through 2015. He has been elected ten times to public office having served his community for 20 years in a variety of positions. He is a former Chairman of the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners and Past President of the Michigan Guardianship Association and the St. Joseph County Realtors Association.John is committed to working with the other road commission board members and the management team to continually improve road commission operations. He very much enjoys serving the citizens of St. Joseph County and looks forward to hearing from you.John lives in Fabius Township with his wife Sharon who is a special education teacher for the St. Joseph County ISD. His son James is owner of Apex Painting in Portage. James is married to Mindy, a nurse for Borgess Hospital. John is an active member of Maple City Toastmasters and Three Rivers Rotary.John is a professional asset advisor and the CEO of a multi-faceted Michigan based real estate and auction firm. For John personal relationships are among the greatest rewards. His book The Secret of Your Success and personal slogan Helping You Succeed℠ speak directly to this. His new book You Are a Winner – Coloring Book aims to inspire and teach young people real world winning (Success) attitudes and behaviors.
Rodney Chupp of Sturgis
Rodney was appointed to the Board in 2017. Rodney and Tammy Chupp Reside in Sherman Township, where Rodney has lived for the past 44 years. 2016 marked their 25th wedding anniversary. Family, friends and faith all hold significant roles in their lives. Rodney is a third generation principal owner at Chupp Insurance Agency and founding partner at Sturgis Auto Wash. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor and is a member of Business Networking International (BNI), Gateway City Leaders. Tammy is a Registered Nurse with Maxim Home Health Care and works at Riverside Church as the Small Group Coordinator. Tammy is also a published author. “Daniel” the story of their eldest son who passed at a young age is available on Amazon or several local outlets.
Rod and Tammy are most grateful for their son Christopher, daughter Rebecca, and youngest son Justus. “Seeing our children turn into fine community members who are actively bettering society beats any other honor I have ever had the pleasure of receiving.”
Rod also serves on the Board of Elders at Riverside Church and the Board of Directors of Southwest Michigan Youth for Christ. Rodney spent 12 years on the Centreville Board of Education where he served two years as Secretary and 10 years as Chair. He continues to serve on the school’s Curriculum Coordinating Council. Rodney also served on the St. Joseph County School Board Association where he served as Vice-Chair. Rod currently is Chair of the St. Joseph County Republican Party and serves as a Precinct Delegate.
“Working with the rest of the leadership team at the St. Joseph County Road Commission, looks to be a very good opportunity to help contribute to our local community in a meaningful way. I feel confident some of Michigan’s best days are still ahead, both locally and state-wide! I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this way.”
Vince Mifsud of Sturgis
Vince Mifsud was appointed to the Board in January 2019. He and his wife, Annette, were born and raised in the Detroit area, transferred with GM to St. Joseph County in 1979, and have lived on Annette’s centennial family farm for the past 40 years (the Zabel Farm est. 1864). Vince’s journey began when he was young, through his curiosity in fixing bicycles. This led to his interest in building nearly everything he could get his hands on. His experience has evolved around maintaining and engineering machinery and working within all facets of the auto industry. He retired in 2008 after 35 yrs. as an autoworker.
Vince and Annette enjoy snowmobiling, nature, traveling together and exploring life with their grandson. Vince enjoys building cars, alongside many home construction projects and the challenge of figuring out how to fix everything. Annette is an avid volunteer, Master Gardener, and short-term missionary. They raised three girls that graduated from Sturgis High School, went on to graduate from college and are productively contributing to and pursuing their careers and creative interests.
Vince is currently a board member of the Sherman Township Planning Commission Board. He’ll be working with the leadership team at the Road Commission, with an open-door policy, and will work with the taxpayers of the county to make the roads the best they can be. He will try to be an independent voice for the taxpayers of this county. Vince is a people-person, community driven, and a hands-on guy.