The Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees serves as the policymaking body for Schoolcraft College. Established through the state legislature as part of the Community College Act, the Board of Trustees is made up of seven members.
Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees
Joan A. Gebhardt, Chair
Carol M. Strom, Vice Chair
Brian D. Broderick, Secretary
Terry Gilligan, Treasurer
Dillon E. Breen, Trustee
William P. Erwin, Trustee
Brett M. Gierak, Trustee
Glenn R. Cerny, Ed.D., President
Meet Our Board Members
Joan A. Gebhardt
Joan Gebhardt was first appointed to the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees in January 2007 to fill a vacancy but in June of that same year, she was elected to the position by the College community. Mrs. Gebhardt currently serves as the Chair of the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees. In the past, she has also served as Secretary from 2017-2021 and Treasurer from 2013-2015. In addition, Mrs. Gebhardt serves on the Michigan Community Colleges Association (MCCA) Board of Directors, American Community College Trustees (ACCT) where she was elected as Nominations Chair for the Central Region, the Schoolcraft Development Authority, the SC Development Unit 14 Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity, and the Schoolcraft College Strategic Planning Committee.
Mrs. Gebhardt has served as a representative for Schoolcraft in the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She was elected to the Executive Committee, where she served as an officer of the organization for five years. She was then elected Chair of SEMCOG, the first time that a member of a community college had served as Chair in their history.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. Joan also has many post graduate hours from other universities including, but not limited to, Wayne State University and Madonna University.
In 2008, Joan was elected a Wayne County Commissioner for District 12 (representing Westland, Inkster and south Livonia) where she served for two terms. She is an adjunct professor in Education at Madonna University where she is also the community representative on the Teachers Education Committee. Joan retired from public education after serving as a teacher for ten years, and an administrator for 21 years. As a principal she was elected President of the Taylor local of the American Association of School Administrators. Mrs. Gebhardt was appointed by Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Utility Consumers Participation Board for the State of Michigan, where she was elected Vice President.
Joan is involved in a variety of community activities including serving as a lector at St. Kenneth’s in Plymouth, Recreation Director at Country Club Village in Northville, Northwest Detroit League of Women Voters, and the Livonia Branch of The American Association of University Women. She previously served as a board member of the non-profit Growth Works organization assisting youth and families.
Mrs. Gebhardt and her family lived in Livonia since 1979, but she moved to Northville in 2019. Her son and daughter are both graduates of Schoolcraft College and she is the proud grandmother of three grandsons.
Carol M. Strom
Carol Strom was first appointed to the Board in 1994 to fill a vacancy until June of 1995. She was elected in 1995 to complete a two-year unexpired term. She was elected in 1997, 2003, 2010, and 2016 to six-year terms. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Strom served as Chair from 1999 to 2003. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Michigan.
For 14 years she was a partner in a Livonia gift shop. Her community involvement has included many activities with the local and state PTA. She served one term as State Vice-President for Legislative Activity. She served for four years as a Peer Counselor at the Schoolcraft College Women’s Resource Center. She served for 16 years as a member of the Livonia Board of Education and was President of the Board three times. She was President of Pet A Pet Inc., an organization which takes pets to visit hospitals, nursing homes and schools. She served on the Legal Trust Fund of the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Ms. Strom is active in the American Association of University Women, Livonia Branch. She and her husband Cal have four grown children and live in Livonia.
Brian Broderick is serving his fourth term on the board, having been elected to six-year terms in June 1995, 2001, 2007 and January 2015. Mr. Broderick currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees and was Vice Chair from 2008- 2011 and Secretary from 1997-2007.
Mr. Broderick earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Wayne State University in 1998. He is a 1991 graduate of the University of Detroit School of Law and a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Mr. Broderick received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.
Mr. Broderick currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Non-public Schools. In that role he serves as the state representative to the Council of American Private Education (CAPE). He also sits on the Boards of Michigan Youth in Government, Michigan Virtual University, the Felician Sisters Childcare Centers, and the Education Alliance of Michigan.
He is involved in a variety of community activities including serving as a lector at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth. Mr. Broderick is a member of the Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers, and is a Past President of the Notre Dame Club of Detroit.
He and his wife, Donna, and their children, Jim and Katherine, reside in Plymouth.
Terry Gilligan was elected to complete a two-year term beginning January 2013. He was elected to his second six-year term that runs from January 2021 until December 2026. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Gilligan attended Henry Ford Community College and is a graduate of Pipefitters Local 636 Apprenticeship School. Terry is a 33-year member of the Pipefitters Local and in the last 12 years has held the elected offices of President, Business Agent, Financial Secretary/Treasurer and Assistant Business Manager and he is now the Business Manager. While holding these elected positions he has also served as a Trustee on the Joint Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Pension funds, Joint Health Insurance Trust Fund, Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, as well as chairing the Political Action Committee for Local 636. The committee is active in politics at the local, state and national level.
Terry is a former Assistant and Head Coach for the Livonia Junior Athletic Baseball League. Terry and his wife Barbara have lived in Livonia for the past 28 years along with their two children, Joe and Allyson.
Dillon E. Breen
Dillon Breen was elected to the Board of Trustees in November 2018 to a six-year term beginning in January 2019. Dillon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, with a minor in Geography from Calvin College in Grand Rapids in 2017, and an Associate in Arts from Schoolcraft College in 2014. He holds an Environmental Analyst, and a Land Resources Analyst Certificate from the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona.
Dillon is currently assigned to the Audit Committee, as well as the Strategic Planning Committee, and is Schoolcraft College’s General Assembly Delegate to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). He was elected to SEMCOG’s Executive Committee, representing the region's community colleges for a term starting in April 2021.
Mr. Breen served on the Livonia Human Relations Commission from 2012-2018, including two-years as Chairperson from 2014-2016, the Livonia Local Officers Compensation Commission from 2015-2018, and as a Board Member of the Livonia Brownfield Redevelopment Authority since 2019. He has worked for the Michigan State Senate as the District Director for Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall, and at a consulting firm based in Novi. Dillon was a 2019 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at Michigan State University.
Dillon has been active in local politics for over a decade, and has served as county, district, and local club chairman for his party. He is a lifelong resident of Livonia, Michigan, and attended Livonia Public Schools.
William P. Erwin, Jr.
William (Bill) P. Erwin, Jr., was elected to a six-year term beginning in January 2017. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Music from Wayne State University in 2006. Bill taught as a substitute teacher in most of the school districts within the Schoolcraft College area. He retired in 2017 after 35 years in the trucking industry.
Mr. Erwin has been active in the Plymouth-Canton area as a Canton Recreation Soccer Coach, Plymouth-Canton Educational Park Marching Band Equipment Crew Chief, and a member of the Plymouth Symphony. He also was the Contemporary Music Director for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth for ten years and is a professional bass player.
Bill and his wife Patricia (Patty), have five sons and four grandchildren between their families. He currently resides in Canton with Patty and her two sons. Bill, Patty and three of the five sons have attended Schoolcraft College.
Brett M. Gierak
Brett M. Gierak was selected by the Board of Trustees to fill a vacancy in February 2021. Mr. Gierak is a Clarenceville High School graduate, Schoolcraft College alumni and received an Associate of Applied Science in the Skilled Trades from Lake Superior State University. Mr. Gierak is also a graduate of the Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers Local 2 Apprenticeship Training Program.
Mr. Gierak has a passion for Schoolcraft College as well as diversity and equality in education. He is a founding Board Member of the Clarenceville Education Foundation and serves as the Chair of the Livonia Water and Sewer Board. Mr. Gierak works with the Bricklayers Allied Craftworkers Local 2 as a Business Agent for Metro Detroit. He serves as Trustee on the Health and Welfare Trust Fund, the Bricklayers Pension Fund, and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.
Mr. Gierak and his wife are lifelong residents of Livonia. His wife Kristyn teaches for Livonia Public Schools and their children also attend Livonia Public Schools.