Joan Antle is a former speech and hearing therapist and elementary teacher.
At present, Joan is an Adopt-A-Beach and Heritage Trail Ambassador and is a school presenter for the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department’s pedestrian/bicycle safety program. Joan has taken on the job of mail coordinator for Friends to collect the donated monies for Friends’ brochures which are available at various Park sites.
“Unspoiled area” is the key term to be highlighted in serving on Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Board. Joan feels it is extremely necessary to stay on top of what is going here at present and to be vigilant about the future of the area. As we want to preserve this special place for present and future generations to use and enjoy, keeping the area pristine, safe, but welcoming, are natural priorities. Joan enjoys sharing her respect and love of the area with others and wants to be a part of keeping the area “The most beautiful place in America.”
Joan received an associate degree from Delta College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree from Indiana University.
In 2013, Doug retired after working 35 years as a library director in Wisconsin– 8 years for a library system based in Ashland and 27 years for the city and county of Kenosha. He served on the boards and as an officer of several community agencies and service clubs. Doug earned a BA and MA in library science at the University of Iowa. In 2014, Doug moved with his wife, Kathy, to Empire. They live year round in their new home on 10 acres adjoining the National Lakeshore. Doug has a steadfast love for the natural environment and a strong interest in preserving it. He plans to help the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes carry out its mission by supporting it financially, volunteering to help, and donating his political, strategic planning, administrative and budgetary management skills.
Dave Borton grew up just south of Lansing and received a BA in Communication Arts from Michigan State University in 1971. He and Mary Ann married after graduation and had vacationed in NW Michigan for many years before moving to Acme in 1977 as one stop in a 42-year pharmaceutical industry career. After many corporate moves and return summer vacations to Benzie/Leelanau, they returned as full-time Leelanau County residents in 2013. Dave has volunteered with FOSBD since joining Adopt-A-Beach in 2008. That expanded to being an SBHT Ambassador in addition to work such as sign installation starting in 2013 and continues most recently with landscape upkeep of the Dune Climb Donor Plaza. Dave has also seen his grandsons enroll as SBDNLS Volunteers over the past couple years. Music has been a big part of Dave’s life with various chorale organizations through the years including an opportunity to sing with the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Dave has also enjoyed being the bass player in a number of folk-rock groups. Early experiences in scouting have influenced a life-long love of the outdoors which now focuses on fishing and road bicycling. Dave currently is on the Parish Council at St. Mary’s in Lake Leelanau and serves as President of his homeowner’s association. Other interests over time have included Big Brothers, various church volunteer positions, martial arts, canine rescue, Leelanau County Family/Probate Court Guardian Reviewer and Baraga Broadcasting.
Jeff and his wife moved to the TC area in January of 2016. They were attracted by the natural beauty and the numerous outdoor activities here. Jeff was particularly drawn to the Sleeping Bear Dunes Lakeshore. He enrolled in the Northern Naturalist program at NMC to learn as much as he could about the area. That is where he met Kerry Kelly and soon became an FSBD volunteer. He is passionate about protecting and promoting the northwest Michigan dunes region and particularly loves to educate visitors as they visit the park. Jeff worked at Eli Lilly & Co. pharmaceuticals in Indianapolis for 30 years. His kids still reside in the greater Indianapolis area. Jeff is currently a musician and plays lots of gigs in the TC area.
A Wisconsin native, Jeanne Esch grew up with Lake Michigan sunrises. She visited northwest Michigan often. Approximately 3 years ago Jeanne moved to Traverse City. After backpacking/camping from Alaska to Maine, with jaunts to Door County, Wisconsin, Jeanne enjoys discovering the beauty of the Grand Traverse area and especially the Sleeping Bear Dunes; where there’s always an adventure to be found or a moment of quiet that refreshes. She became a Friend of Sleeping Bear Dunes 2 years ago. Jeanne feels privileged to be involved in programs which consider Universal Trail Access. She enjoyed a career as a speech/language therapist in schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Jeanne received an M.S. in Communicative Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an M.A. from Michigan State University. Unrelated to her educational career, she formed a nonprofit that offered golf opportunities to people differently abled.
Kerry Kelly retired from Dow Chemical in 2004 and has been on the Board of Directors of the Friends since 2005. He is now the Chairman of the board and Public Relations Director. He has been involved in many volunteer projects at Sleeping Bear Dunes. He coordinates the Adopt-A-Beach and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassador programs and works one day a week at the Blacksmith Shop in Glen Haven. He teaches three Life Academy courses at NMC: Sleeping Bear Dunes – The Big Story, Into the Wilderness, and Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Kerry was presented the Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award from Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council in 2016.
Paul studied Environmental Conservation & Communication at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. Among the many topics he studied, Paul took a great interest in issues concerning the Great Lakes watershed. After graduation, Paul served as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member with HeadWaters Land Conservancy and his roots in the nonprofit sector grew from there. Currently employed by the Conservation Resource Alliance Paul enjoys helping coordinate watershed protection projects that fulfill a sense a responsibility to protect Michigan irreplaceable natural resources. In his free time, Paul enjoys playing guitar, kayaking, hiking, creating and telling stories through videos and supporting his local community through volunteerism.
Jerry Peterson and his family began visiting the Sleeping Bear area in the early 1980’s. As their appreciation of its natural beauty and recreational opportunities grew, they decided to make it their second home, and in 1986 they purchased a cottage on Big Glen Lake. Now retired, Jerry and wife Mary spend full time there from June through September, with frequent trips throughout the year, and their children visit as often as possible.
Jerry was born and raised in Michigan. After completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, he became an officer in the U. S. Air Force. Following a four-year tour of duty, he returned to graduate school, earning a Master’s degree at Stanford University. He then joined Ford Motor Company, pursuing a career in information technology, from which he retired as Director, Information Technology Services at the end of 2000. In 2001, he became a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, where he taught information technology as an adjunct professor until retiring from that role in April 2014.
Jerry enjoys bicycling, which is a near-daily activity for him in the summer, frequently on the Heritage Trail. He also loves sailing on Big Glen Lake and kayaking on the local lakes and rivers. Among the varied projects undertaken by the Friends, he is, of course, interested in the extension and completion of the Heritage Trail.
George Quarderer is a native Michigander. He retired from Dow Chemical Company as a Research Fellow where he also was the recipient of the H. H. Dow Medal. At the National Lakeshore, he has volunteered extensive hands-on work restoring historic buildings on the Thoreson farm site. George is an avid cyclist and hiker. He and his wife Carol split their time at their homes on Little Glen Lake and in Midland. George has three degrees in Chemical Engineering and two in Mathematics. He also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Engineering for the University of Michigan.
Bill has lived a life committed to the preservation of wild places, a legacy from his parents and his forest ranger uncle. Following graduate studies, Bill spent 30 years as a research toxicologist at The Dow Chemical Company, retiring to the Traverse City area in 2009. He also served as an adjunct instructor for a variety of biology classes at Northwestern Michigan and Delta Colleges from 2003 to 2015.
Bill is an active biker, hiker, and backpacker, having experienced “nature” on long-distance hikes in Michigan’s UP and Great Britain. Since moving to the Traverse City area, he has also filled his days with a number of steady volunteer activities, including trail maintenance work for Peninsula Township, the Friends beach clean-up team, some special projects for the Friends and directly with the Park.
Bill is serving on an acoustic frog-monitoring team, which has provided him entrance to many of the more remote areas of the park. He believes in the Friends mission to aid the park service in balancing accessibility, public education, flora/fauna preservation, and passing on this very unique, diverse and spectacular piece of national treasure to future generations.
Ross and his wife Dianne began looking for an up north retirement location in 1997. They visited areas throughout Michigan. After taking a short canoe trip on the Lower Platte River, they were awed by the pristine beautiful of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Big Platte Lake. Subsequently they purchased a small cottage on Big Platte Lake in 1998. After the fall of 2002, they are year-long residents in their renovated lakefront home on Deadstream Road. Both enjoy being 8/10 of a mile from the National Lakeshore where they often kayak, walk, bike, fish, and ski in the area. Ross completed degrees from The University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS), Western Michigan (MA), and Michigan State University (PhD) and worked in education for thirty-five years, primarily in Dexter, Michigan. During his career, he was a teacher, building principal, and central office administrator. He also taught for Michigan State University, off-campus. He has served on many non-profit boards and professional organizations in various capacities. Ross is in the choir and serves on leadership boards for St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Beulah; has served as an officer in the MSU Alumni Club of Benzie County; and more recently has served as a Park Ambassador and on the Trail Crew for the National Lakeshore. He looks forward to serving the Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes and its mission of supporting the park.
Steve Young’s love of the outdoors began with a childhood living next to a woods with a small stream, and summer family vacations camping on a remote Canadian island. He and his wife Linda have owned their Glen Arbor home since 1998 and have lived here year-round since 2006. Steve retired from his career as a psychiatrist in January 2014 and began volunteering on Friends projects that June. Currently, he participates on SBHT Ambassadors team, Trail Crew, mowing in Port Oneida, and rustic trail monitoring. Linda and Steve Enjoy hiking, kayaking, biking, snowshoeing, and camping.
Board Member Responsibilities
I understand that as a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Inc. (FSBD), I have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. I believe in the purpose and the mission of the organization, and I will act responsibly and prudently as its steward. My behavior as a board member will be consistent with the values and mission of the organization. As part of my responsibilities as a board member: