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scottD. Scott Kelly, Executive Director and co-founder of BASES, is a native of Charlevoix and graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1982. He attended Ferris State University where he also played baseball for four years. Two days after his first year of college, Scott voluntarily checked himself into an alcoholism treatment program at age 18. When he finished college at Ferris three years later, he earned a bachelor's degree in social work, graduated with honors, and was named Male Athlete of the Year in 1986 and Conference Baseball Player of the Year. He has worked as a substance abuse counselor in a long-term residential program, a prevention specialist and a student assistance coordinator.


In organizing BASES, Scott combined his passions of substance abuse counseling and baseball to come up with the name in hopes of filling the gaps in services for young people. Scott completed his master's degree in counseling at Central Michigan University in 1997. He is a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC), certified clinical supervisor (CCS), master addictions counselor MAC), trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), licensed bachelor social worker (LBSW), a certified relapse prevention specialist (CRPS)and has been clean and sober since 1984. Scott and his wife, Celia, live in Charlevoix and have three children and two grandchildren.

Scott was elected to the Ferris State University Athletic Hall of Fame in September of 2007; Click here to view the FSU information; the Manistee Saints Semi-Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Michigan Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in January of 2015.

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celiaCelia Partida, Program Director and co-founder of BASES, began her career in the substance abuse field doing prevention programs with Head Start in 1988. She then accepted a position as a Prevention Specialist with Chip Counseling Center and later became the Prevention Coordinator for Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.


Celia's passion to assist young people led her to the creation of BASES in 1993 where she has designed and implemented numerous training programs with local students, teachers and community members. Celia's reputation as an energetic and enthusiastic trainer drew the attention of Hazelden, international leader in substance abuse treatment and education, where she shared her skills and expertise on a national level as a trainer.


Celia has her master's degree in counseling through Central Michigan University and has a bachelor's of arts degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison College. She is a licensed professional counselor, certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC), master addiction counselor (MAC), trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma, certified trauma practitioner, and has been involved in her own recovery from addiction since 1986. Celia lives in Charlevoix with her husband, Scott, and they have three children and two grandchildren.

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Gerry McAvoy, Counselor/Clinical Supervisor, has been an employee of BASES since January of 2014. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in social studies from Grand Valley State University. Gerry has a Master's degree from Central Michigan University in Counseling, is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a supervisor for Limited Licensed Professional Counselors, is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has over 30 years of professional experience in school counseling and substance abuse.


Dennis Kan, Counselor, has been an employee of BASES since June of 2017. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Saginaw Valley State University with a minor in coaching. He has a limited license bachelor social work, is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and has four years professional experience with teens and families.

Jill Towne-Patton, COUNSELOR

Jill Towne-Patton, Counselor, has been an employee of BASES since September of 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1998. In 2010, Jill earned her Master of Arts in Counseling from Spring Arbor University, with an emphasis in school counseling.  She is both licensed as a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor and school counselor, trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has 19 years of experience in K-12 education.  Jill also coaches gymnastics in Boyne City.



Leland R. Barta, Office Manager, has been an employee of BASES since August of 2017.  He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan with emphasis in education.  Lee worked in banking for more than 25 years and the last 14 years as office manager for a local firm.  He has been a local sports official for the past 35 years.  Lee lives in Charlevoix with his wife Sue, and they have three children and one granddaughter.

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BASES Board of Directors - November 2016



Rob Maxwell, Board President, is a Michigan attorney who retired from his position as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a major information and cloud technology reseller at the end of 2013.  Rob has a broad background in all aspects of corporate and employment law.  He is a life member of the Serenity House Alano Club in Charlevoix and in his role as General Counsel his responsibilities included management of substance abuse counseling for his companies employees and their families.  Rob and his wife Lynn live in Horton Bay with their two dogs and a cat.


Gwen White-Erickson, Board Vice-President, is a retired Detective/Sergeant Michigan State Police, Petoskey Post. She worked 32 years with the Michigan State Police. During that time, she frequently saw the devestating and tragic effects of alcohol and drug addiction on individuals, families and communities. Gwen resides with her husband Vern in Boyne City.



Debbie Neidhamer, Board Secretary, is a retired Home Economics Teacher from Boyne City High School. She taught for over 30 years and is now retired to Boyne City where she is involved in many community activities. Debbie has been involved with BASES since 1996. She and her husband, Tom, have three grown children and one grandson.





Richard O'Leary, Board Co-Treasurer, retired after 25 years as a Locomotive Engineer with Grand Trunk - CN North America, then enrolled in culinary school, graduated summa cum laude. Started the Acorn Cafe in Charlevoix with his wife, Linda, and operated the business for 10 years. He has been in Charlevoix since 1994 and is presently involved in the Probate Court VIP Program, Serenity House Alano Club of Charlevoix and the St. Joseph Choir / Musician in East Jordan. He has been married for 45 years to Linda, has a daughter Mary in Chicago and a son, Tim, and his wife, Elaine, and their two children who live in Petoskey. Richard and his wife live in Charlevoix.

Eric Eide, Board Co-Treasurer, spent 35 years with the Fresno Police Department having served in a variety of positions in an increasingly challenging city environment.  Most of his positions had a common theme of dealing with people making poor decisions while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs and the various responses to their crimes. Several of the programs received state and national recognition for success and innovative solutions.  Eric has lived in Charlevoix since retirement in 2010 with his wife Janet, also a retired officer. They assist the community through efforts in the Lions Club, Elks Club, Power Squadron, Retired Senior Volunteer Program.  BASES provides a chance to use a lifetime of law enforcement experience to help some of our youth

Scott Gilland, Board Member, is a retired staff engineer from Ford Motor Company where he managed new color development for North America and Europe. He is the past  treasurer and secretary of the Viking Club. He is a current member of the Charlevoix Lions Club and Serenity House Alano Club of Charlevoix.




Reed Freidinger, Board Member, is a retired medical doctor from Charlevoix. He and his wife Janet, moved to Charlevoix in 1975 after completing his residency in Internal Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. He practiced 39 years until 2014. He also has a BA from Albion College, a MD from Wake Forest and an Internship at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Their children, Amy and Todd, are Charleviox High school graduates. Reed has interests in both the youth of the Chalevoix area as well as experience in the treatment of alcoholism.


Bill Fleck, Board Member, is a retired teacher who taught high school English for 5 years and then worked for IRS in civil enforcement for 30 years, retiring in 2003.   He has degrees in English and Psychology and a permanent Michigan teaching certificate.  He and his wife, Birute, who worked 30 years for Michigan Department of Corrections, have lived in Charlevoix area (near Castle Farms) since 2003.  Bill is involved with the local US Power Squadron, Charlevoix Lions and is treasurer of his condo association.




Marsy Burns, Board Member, is a retired English teacher, teaching 10 years at the high school level in Algonac before moving to Charlevoix in 1980. The remainder of her teaching career was at the middle school level at St. Francis Xavier in Petoskey for 20 years before retiring. She has three boys and two granddaughters. She does some tutoring but her passion has become quilting. She operates a long arm quilting business, is involved in her own recovery and a member of the Charlevoix Alano Club board of directors.



Jim Alger Jr., Board Member, is a native of Charlevoix and retired information technology (IT) project and program manager.  Jim spent 14 years of his professional career designing Child Welfare systems for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  He also served as a project manager for the Michigan Department of Education for the past 7 years.  Along with his IT career, Jim coached High School football for seventeen years in DeWitt, Michigan.  Jim and his wife Carol reside in Charlevoix, have three grown children and six grandchildren.





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