Gwendolyn Karl
Member Services Assistant

Gwen KarlGwen joined the Mackinac Center staff in April. Her responsibilities include managing the gift processing procedure, maintaining accurate records, assisting with donor mailings and responding to donor questions while supporting the Advancement Department.

The Northwood graduate holds a degree in business administration, and her experiences include marketing and fundraising, administrative support and owning/operating a restaurant in the Midland area.

Gwen is married with two children.


Jonathan VanDerhoof
Graphic Designer

Jonathan VanDerhoofJonathan VanDerhoof is no stranger to the Mackinac Center. He first interned from 2009 to 2011 in graphics. He later completed an associate’s degree and worked at The Dow Chemical Co.

He lives in Midland and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree at Saginaw Valley State University.

When not designing first class graphics for the Mackinac Center, Jonathan enjoys playing sports, boating and relaxing on the lake.


Patrick Wright
Vice President for Legal Affairs

Patrick WrightPatrick now has a new title, Vice President for Legal Affairs. He successfully launched the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation in 2009 with the first case he litigated under the MCLF: Loar v. DHS.

Wright joined the Mackinac Center in 2005, providing expertise in the legal field and writing amicus briefs.

He’s worked as a Michigan Supreme Court commissioner, assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan, policy adviser in the Senate Majority Policy Office, and a law clerk for a United States district court judge.

Patrick lives in Chelsea, Mich., with his wife and two sons.