The Commission meets at 8:00 AM on the 3rd Wednesday of each month for a Work Session and at 5:00 PM on the 1st Wednesday of the month for a Board Meeting at the Road Commission office located at 20914 M-86., Centreville, MI.  Please see the meeting schedule for 2021 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.

Chairman

Dave Allen of Three Rivers
269-845-2774
davea@teammidwest.com

Dave was re-appointed to the Board in 2015 and was re-elected as Chairman for 2021. 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 twenty-four year resident of St. Joseph County, Dave is Vice President, Regulatory Compliance & Community Development for Midwest Energy Cooperative (MWE) in Cassopolis, Michigan. Prior to joining MWE 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, has taught at Squire’s Elementary School in Cassopolis for over twenty years. They have two children, Ashleigh and Casey, and presently reside in Three Rivers, Michigan. Currently, Dave serves on the boards of the following organizations: Glen Oaks Community College, Cass County Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Three Rivers Rotary and Michigan Saves.

Vice-Chairman

Eric Shafer of Three Rivers
269-208-8004
shafe1955@yahoo.com

Eric was re-appointed to the Board in 2020 and was re-appointed as Vice-Chairman of the Board for 2021.  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 42 years, have one child and reside on Fishers 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 Michigan Waste & Recycling Association, the County Board of Public Works and the Calhoun County, Kalamazoo County and St. Joseph County Solid Waste Planning Committees. He has been a member of the Three Rivers Rotary Club since 1999. Eric is planning to retire in January 2021.

Member

Vince Mifsud of Sturgis

269-625-8172

mifsudvince@gmail.com

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 hand son.  His experience has evolved around maintaining and engineering and working within all facets of the auto industry.  He retired in 2008 after 35 years as an autoworker.

On a person note, Vince and Annette enjoy snowmobiling, nature, traveling together and exploring life with their grandson.  Vince enjoys building cars, alongside any hoe 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 interest.

Vince is currently a board member of the Sherman Township Planning Commission Board.  He will be working with the leadership tea 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.

Member

Jack Coleman of Three Rivers
269-535-2328
jackdcoleman400@gmail.com

Jack was appointed to the Board in 2021. Jack served 20 years in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller and did 3 combat tours to the Middle East and earned the Navy Commendation Medal. He is married and they have one daughter and live in Park Township. In addition to his Naval service, Jack is a commercial pilot and has also owned a restaurant. He has been actively involved in community organizations for many years which earned him the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service medal. Jack is a Park Township Planning Commissioner, American Legion Officer, member of the Kiwanis Club in Sturgis, St. Joseph County Housing Focus Group, Cass County Conservation Club, Guys Who Give, 100 Good Fellows, and Forty & Eight.

Member

Rodney Chupp of Sturgis
269-625-4690
rodney@chuppllc.com

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.”