State Officers

State President - Chuck Oatten / (Debb)

Alma #1400
Office: 989.463.1400
Cell: 989.330.0535

Chuck has been married to Debb Greening Oatten for over 19 years. They have no children. Chuck is a 1977 graduate of Swan Valley High School in Saginaw Mi.  He moved to Alma MI, about 20 years ago when he met Debb.

Chuck has been an Elk for 16 years. His first year as an Elk he became the Esquire and then followed as  Exalted Ruler, continued on through the District, concluding with being the District Deputy in 2008-09. He then became a State Committee Chairman, moved to State Trustee where he was Chairman for two years. Following the Trustee’s, he was elected as 2nd Vice President, then 1st Vice President, and currently serving as State President of the Michigan Elks Association.
1st Vice President - Jerry Alexie / (Stephanie)

Warren - Sterling Heights #2292
Home: 586.725.5567
Cell: 586.915.8104

Jerry is a retired Environmental Health and Safety Director and current Vice President  - Planning Commissioner for Chesterfield Township. He is a Central Michigan Graduate, with 3 daughters and 10 Grandchildren. Jerry is an Honorary Life Member of Warren-Sterling Heights Lodge #2292.
2nd Vice President - Jim Rowland / (Joan)
Traverse City #323
Cell 231-218-5390

Jim has been married to Joan for 11 years. He owns and operates a restaurant in Traverse City, where he has lived for 28yrs.
As a member of the Traverse City Lodge #323 he has served in all officer chairs, competed in eight ritual contests at state level and once at nationals. He was the North West District, DVC, DVP, and DDGER.
Currently MEA 2nd Vice President 2019-2020

Secretary - Karen Cary / (Mark)

Sturgis #1381
Cell: 269.358.0838

To get an idea what the Elks means to Ms. Cary, you’d need to see what she puts aside to be involved with this, the best Charitable Organization. Karen lives on a small farm, gardening, raising chickens, and enjoying grandkids. She has been married to her high school sweetheart Mark for 42 years and together they raised three sons. Karen currently owns and operates Advantage Printing & Design, a company she started in 1999 after working for a local printing company, Telemark Corp. for many years. In addition to the Sturgis Elks, where she became the first female ER, community involvement has also included Rotary, Chamber, FIA Adopt a kid, Church groups and various event organization. Hobbies include cooking, gardening, sewing, travel, playing guitar & ukulele and anything she can figure out how to DIY instead of buying. The State Secretary job helps fulfill her OCD need to “organize” and keep track of stuff, besides helping this outstanding organization as it continues to benefit communities across this great country.

Karen was a member of the Sturgis Elks National Champion Ritual team in 2007, and the All American leading knight, one of her proudest achievements in Elkdom.

Treasurer - Keith Alverson
Howell #2168
Cell: 810-623-2439
 Chaplin - Richard Gauthier / (Wendy)

Traverse City #323
Cell: 231.642.0207

 Sargent at Arms - Pat Morgan / (Audrey)

Dearborn # 1945
Home: 734-692-8840
Cell: 313.-574-1161


Tiler - George Lascu

Royal Oak-Detroit #34
Cell: 586.770.6796


Soloist - Randy Boudreau / (Elaine)

Alma #1400
Home: 989.506.6332

Organist - LD (Les) Thornberg

Traverse City #323
Home: 231.946.4313
Cell: 231.392.6346

Aide to the President
John Kennedy / (Letitia - Tish)

Alma #1400
Cell: 989.763.5603

Host & Hostess of the President's Suite
Jim & Shirley Greening

Alma #1400
Cell: 989.763.0243

Rodney Woodring (Cheryl)

Traverse City #323
Cell: 231.649.6238

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