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Faces of Leadership: Charlene Quint J.D., Board of Trustees

Posted by lindsaybarden | Oct 10, 2016

"When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art."

These are the words that come to mind when Board of Trustees member Charlene Quint encounters the beauty of creation. "Many times, I can't help but break into song - usually 'How Great Thou Art' - when I'm outside on a beautiful day."

Charlene has served on the Board of Trustees for Au Sable since 2011 and bringing years of legal experience and expertise to the table, she has helped contribute to the success of the Institute through her influence. Charlene has expertise in many areas of law, including corporate governance, shareholder and employee disputes, contract negotiations, and the maintenance of tax-exempt status for non-profit organizations.

Graduating from Augustana College with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration, Charlene began her career as a Certified Public Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co., before moving on to become Chief Financial Officer of Probus Publishing. When this company was successfully sold to a major New York publishing house, Charlene took the opportunity to return to school where she earned her J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. While practicing law as a corporate attorney for 15 years, she served numerous faith-based clients pro-bono and dedicated 10 years to serving on the Board of Trinity International University where she also taught Business Law.

Today, Charlene operates her own businesses, one called The Blessings Collection, a Christian giftware company, the other a law practice that specializes in representing women escaping abusive relationships. This is a cause close to her heart, as she herself escaped an abusive marriage in 2012. "I know that one of the biggest challenges for women in these circumstances is a lack of affordable legal representation," says Charlene, "In connection with that mission, I serve as an advocate against domestic abuse with A Safe Place, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse."

Part of Au Sable's Board as one of its only non-scientists, Charlene loves learning something new about science at each Board meeting. "The Au Sable family is a tight-knit, supportive community. Even though I am not an Au Sable alum or professor, as a Board member I see the life-long influence that Au Sable has had on students, staff or professors, and their families, as well as the founders and their families. Students go off to change (and protect) the world in amazing careers, oftentimes coming back to teach the next generation as Au Sable professors," shared Charlene.

Outside of her work life, Charlene is the mother of three grown up children and shares life with her husband Chris Russell who is a constant source of blessing to her. Charlene loves to read, ski, play piano, snorkel and listen to music among many other hobbies. She has grown to enjoy writing in recent years, having journal articles and books published. An unexpected passion for Charlene, she says, "One knows that God is in charge - and has a sense of humor - when he takes an accounting major who tried to never write a paper in college and leads her to publish faith-based books and articles."

"I think my favorite thing about Au Sable is its soul - that intangible sense of wonder in God's creation, combined with a love for God and love for one's fellow man, and dedication to saving Au Sable and God's creation for future generations."