Cathey Prudhomme, President/CEO
John Ruggles, Director of Advancement
John joined the Eagle Village team in July of last year and has recently accepted the position of Director of Advancement. Having grown up in the area John is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Alma College. The majority of John’s career has been spent in marketing, advertising and sales. He has owned several businesses in several states wearing a variety of hats from real estate developer to restaurateur. But after living many years in the south, John and his family were led back to their home state of Michigan and ultimately Eagle Village. He is a father of four and a devoted husband.
John shares, “I was guided here due to a desire to be a part of a cause bigger than myself. At Eagle Village we get the opportunity to see the lives of children and families changed and hopefully we each get to play a small role in that change.”
Craig Weidner, Director of Campaign
Craig graduated from Ferris State with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and Business Administration. Beginning in 1971, he worked at and later became Owner/CEO of Weidner Motor Sales in Cadillac. Craig has held several positions on area community boards including the Cadillac Chamber of Commerce, Cadillac Downtown Development Authority and has remained the current President of the Cadillac Area Public Schools board of directors since 1986.
“I came to Eagle Village to help serve children and families in need, but initially took this work on as a delay and sacrifice of my retirement plans. What I quickly realized is the work and success of changing lives isn’t just a job, it needs to be a life purpose and passion. I truly believe it has changed my life as much or more than those we help heal.”
Ame Edstrom, Director of Residential Services
Ame grew up in Utica, MI and moved north to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Ferris State University. She quickly learned the north country was a perfect fit and has made this area her home for the past 30 years. She began her career working for Hospice, then discovered her passion for children and families upon working for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She hired into Eagle Village in 2004 and earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Capella University. She is also a certified Trauma Specialist.
“Eagle Village is a very special place of healing because we’re able to provide even the smallest acts of love and compassion which create a sense of purpose and value, along with generating lasting ripples of hope and change throughout the lives of others.”
Chad Saxton, Director of Retreat and Guest Services
Chad has worked in the camp industry for more than two decades and began his career as an Activity Specialist at Eagle Village. For the last five years, he has been the director for Camp Living Waters in Luther, MI. Additionally, Chad and his wife Michella have been both foster and adoptive parents and have spent considerable time advocating for children and healthy families. A Homer, Michigan native, Chad attended Ferris State University and earned a BS in Recreation, Leadership and Management.
"This organization has a very talented team with a proven devotion to children and families in Michigan and it is a place where I know I can make a difference in the lives of others. My priority is to support Eagle Village to the best of my ability so that we may further our goal on ensuring that at-risk children in Michigan receive the hope and direction they need.”