Gerri Reado is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans, LA. with a major in Chemistry. Coming to Midland in 1974, she achieved a successful career of 30 years at Dow Chemical Company, retiring in March 2004. During her career at Dow, Gerri worked in multiple positions which included marketing, technical assistance and product management. Her expertise was in problem solving and trouble shooting, several projects requiring her travel to South Africa on company projects there. She is notable for her consistent “hands on” volunteerism in the Midland community, incuding Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and a licensed foster parent of 10 years, fostering several young children with whom she still maintains contact. Gerri also organized The African American Read-in which served 300 children over three years; and volunteers at The Open Door and House of Mercy Homeless Shelter. She has served as a Board member and advocate for Midland Habitat for Humanity (2009-2018); and continues as Chair of the Delta College Media Advisory Board for – “Soul Issues.” She is a member of Midland’s Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who have endowed a scholarship with the MACF; and an active member of Faith Ministries Baptist Church in Midland, where she is leader of the Board of Ushers. Geraldine Reado will bring a vital community perspective to the MACF Board, and strengthen our connectedness to Midland services and to the African American community as we strive to realize our goals for diversity and inclusion.
Lou Mencia is currently a community volunteer. He retired from Dow Chemical in 2015 after 35 years of service. During his career Lou had leadership roles in organizational design, change management, channel management, strategic planning, and project management as well as functional leadership roles in sales and customer services.
Lou also has additional experiences in leading and developing non-profit enterprises. He is currently on the Board of Cancer Services, and the founder of the Maria Mencia Cancer Caregiver Support Network. He is currently an ad hoc member of the Community Success Panel serving as Project Manager for the Communities of Excellence effort in Midland County. Lou is also active in his church serving on the Finance and Local Outreach Committees.
Lou is a graduate of Tulane University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is married to his wife Lisa and they have four adult children living in Midland, Lansing, Chicago and Miami.
Mike Weideman, is Dow’s director of Global HR Solutions. In this role, he ensures that our HR Solutions deliver a positive Employee Experience through exceptional delivery of a portfolio of solutions. He oversees a global team that is responsible for the design and delivery of innovative solutions to all employees, meeting agreed service levels, driving continuous improvements, and achieving operational excellence.
Mike joined Dow in 1995 as an intern and then full-time in 1998 with the corporate Information Systems group in Midland, Michigan. He held a variety of operations and development roles in multiple technology areas and Dow teams, including Manufacturing, HR, Marketing & Sales and M&A focused Information Technology. In 2006, he became a support manager for Dow’s suite of marketing & sales applications. From there, he progressed into Dow’s first generation of the Dow Services Business as a business development project manager, working in the early days of the Sadara joint venture negotiations and spending time in the Middle East.
After the acquisition of Rohm & Haas, Mike relocated to Philadelphia to promote culture integration. His I/T role there was as a technical web architect. In 2012, he relocated back to Midland, holding business relationship roles in the water and energy areas, as well as solution delivery accountabilities for systems implementations for mergers and acquisitions. He then progressed into I/S program and project leadership roles within the Project & Support Center and Diamond Systems Solutions program offices, as well as having delivery leader responsibilities for human resources systems. In 2015, Mike moved into Dow Purchasing as the Global Corporate Services Purchasing Director, responsible for developing and implementing the Purchasing strategy in the Corporate Services categories for Dow as well as strengthening supplier relationships to maximize value for the Company.
In 1998, Weideman received a bachelor’s of science & engineering degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mike is married to Kari Weideman and has 2 children, Dayten (13) and Nev (10).