In September, we are proud to feature Bob Courtois in our OCF Volunteer Spotlight. Bob and his wife, Gay, moved to the Gaylord area from Troy in 2010. A decade later, Bob retired as CFO for the East Region of Munson Healthcare. He currently serves on the Munson Healthcare Foundation board. Bob’s extensive experience in healthcare finance and not-for-profit administration made him a perfect fit for the OCF Investment Committee, which he has been a member of since 2012. Additionally, Bob served on the OCF Board from 2016 to 2020. He was a tremendous help after the 2022 tornado.  

“Bob always seems to be smiling. During the first weeks after the tornado, he came into our office and helped enter donor data into our system, which allowed me to process the thousands of donations. It was a very hectic time, and the task was tedious, but Bob was willing to help however he could. It was a relief to see him return each day with a smile on his face.”

Patty Urban, OCF Finance and Operations Manager

Bob and Gay have three grown children and six grandkids. Bob is an avid cross-country skier, camper, and hiker. He is the monthly Hike Coordinator for the North Country Trail, Jordan Valley 45° Chapter, and is a season ticket holder for the Detroit Lions. 

Thank you, Bob, for all you do for the OCF!  

Here’s what Bob has to say about his time with the OCF:  

  • What do you love about Otsego County?  

As many others will appreciate, moving north allowed us to get away from all the congestion and large city issues of SE Michigan. Although not really all that small, in Gaylord it’s been easy to develop a sense of being part of a close-knit community. Having worked there for ten years, I especially appreciate the importance of having a quality hospital to serve Otsego and surrounding counties. 

Of course, I love Otsego’s proximity to all the outdoor offerings of northern Michigan, especially hiking, camping, cross-country skiing, and golf. It is only an hour from boating and fishing at our family cottage on Houghton Lake.  

  • Why did you say YES to the OCF? 

I’ve come to appreciate the importance of OCF because of its ability to focus on the unique needs of Otsego County. Also, donors have visibility into exactly how their donations are being used. The OCF board and management are made up of community members who are often members of other local not-for-profit organizations and local businesses. These factors are essential for the OCF to collaborate effectively with other organizations throughout the county.