Program Governance

Tri-County Head Start is a 501C3 corporation that has a Board of Directors made up of community leaders. In addition, the program has an active Policy Council elected by the program parents. This group has decision making power regarding many aspects of the program, and reviews budgets, grants, and policies. Policy Council members hold two seats on the board.

2023–24 Board of Directors

Brian Saxton – Chair

  • Former Former Chief Executive Officer Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton Harbor

Arthur Havlicek – Vice Chair

  • President and CEO of Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber

Linda Tinsley – Secretary

  • Executive Director of Meals on Wheels of Southwest Michigan

Kacee Dochenetz

  • Assistant Prosecutor – Berrien County

Danielle Persky

  • Health Officer/Administrator – Van Buren/Cass District Health Department

Mark O’Reilly

  • Director of Business Solutions – Michigan Works

Ashley Hines

  • Executive Director – Benton Harbor Community Development Corporation

Ashley Jaffee-Montgomery

  • Policy Council Chair

Michelle Hedgspeth

  • Policy Council Vice Chair

Upcoming Board Meetings

All meetings will be virtual on Thursdays at 5:30 PM, except where noted.

Contact Chanda Hillman at for more information.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

August 2023


September 2023


October 2023


November 2023


December 2023

No Meeting

January 2024

No Meeting

February 2024


March 2023


April 2023


May 2022


June 2023


July 2023

No Meeting