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Dr. Kuster D.O. 
President
Executive Director
Abbie Vida

A Board Certified physician with over 18 years of clinical experience and passion for treating substance abuse clients.  She holds specialty training is opioid addiction with Suboxone treatment. Dr. Kuster is licensed through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center (SAMHS/CSAT).  

Community Coordinator

Abbie joined the Connexion Point team in 2017.  She has an immense passion in this area after her own personal losses with the Disease of Addiction.  She offers great compassion and understanding, with a  desire to help the  community to become more educated and aware of Addiction.  As a child raised in Addiction she has a special interest in helping children of addicts.  

Jodie Phillips
Clinical Coordinator 

Jodie joined the Connexion Point team in July 2018.  Being in recovery, she has a  a strong desire to see people get their lives back and learn how to live this amazing life!  She hopes the power of education and compassion will bring awareness to our community on the disease of addiction and help fight the stigma of moral deficiency that addiction carries. She is a  graduate of Grand Valley State University with a BS in Behavioral Science and has over 10 years of behavioral health experience.    We are excited for her to be part of our Treatment and Recovery team. 

Connexion Point INC. Board Members

Julee Sarto

Vice President 

Jackie Steckle

Jackie is the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Ludington and has been employed with the City for the past 32 years. She is a Ludington native and lived in the community all her life. She served on the Ludington Board of Education for 6 years and has been and continues to be very active by volunteering her time and organizational skills for various special projects and events. Jackie has a family member who is an opioid addict and has personally experienced and understands the difficulties of dealing with substance abuse.

Nancy VanNortwick

Nancy grew up in Ludington and is married to Kim VanNortwick.  Together they owned and operated Skyline Orchards as the 4th generation of VanNortwick’s to farm in Riverton and PM Townships within Mason County.  Along with raising cherries, peaches and apples, they also raised two sons. These days, Kim and Nancy enjoy spending time with family as often as possible, especially when it includes special visits from their two young grandchildren.

Nancy has been employed by Mason County Central Schools as bookkeeper since December 1987 and assumed the human resources duties in 2006.  Even after 30+ years, she still enjoys the variety of duties her job provides and the challenges they bring.

When a family member needed help with opioid addiction, Nancy became aware of Connexion Point.  The knowledge, compassion and understanding of the Connexion Point staff, along with the success her family member experienced, prompted her to accept a request to play an active role on Connexion Point’s board… a rewarding experience that provides her opportunity to give back as much as possible.  

Directors 

Mark Boon

Mark Boon is a life-long resident of Ludington and is well-known in the community for his compassion, willingness to help others, particularly at-risk kids and families. Mark has been employed by the Ludington School District since 1972. He started his career as a Speech & Health Teacher and had several different roles during his employment including Attendance, High School Principal and a Driver’s Training Instructor for 45 years. Mark retired in 2009 and was rehired by the School District to work with At-Risk Students and is a Community Service Supervisor for the Mason County Juvenile Court. Mark has spent and continues to spend countless hours working with at-risk kids in community and he has has a positive impact on them as a result.

Julie Chappel 

Beth Kirby

Beth Kirby is a native of Ludington, Michigan.  She is married to Rich Kirby and together they have 3 college-age children.  Beth has been a teacher in the Ludington Area School District for over 27 years.  She currently teaches special education at a kindergarten through second grade school.  

Tony Kuster 

Tony moved to Ludington in 2005 and is currrently a Police Officer for the City of Ludingotn. Tony spent 7 years of that time as the School Resource Officer for the Ludington Area School District. He

has over 22 years experience as a police officer with a wide area of experience, as he was with the Michigan State Police prior to working for the City of Ludington.

Tom Rasmussen

Mark Boon