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.
Susan and her husband, Bob, began vacationing in Glen Arbor in 1986. In 2013 they sold their Ann Arbor home, and made Glen Arbor their permanent residence, while continuing to spend winters in Florida. Their children currently live out of state, but spend as much time as possible in Leelanau, and dream of settling here in the future. Susan is grateful to live in an area where she is always just a short hike away from solitude and panoramic scenery. From 1990 to 2005, she served on the board of directors and executive committee of a closely held machine tool company, and has been active in several non-profits. Susan has a Bachelor’s from The University of Michigan and a JD from Wayne State University.
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 a 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 has 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.
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.
After college, Jim Fonte went to work for Dow Chemical in Midland. As a newcomer to Michigan, he started to explore its wonderful outdoors. After working for Dow for 12 years he retired so he and his wife Kathy could start two Bagel Cafes in the Midland area. They moved to Florida in 1997 and continued to operate their bagel shops until 2005 . Eventually they started to spend half the year in their Michigan home in Glen Arbor and half in Florida. He began volunteering with the National Park and soon after joined the Friends as a member and now as a member of the Board of Directors. He enjoys all the wonderful outdoor opportunities that the area offers and is proud to be involved with an organization that has such a commitment to support the National Park. Jim attended Illinois Institute of Technology and earned a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering in 1985.
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.
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.
After vacationing in our beautiful area for several years, Lou Ricord and his family made Michigan their permanent home in 2007. Lou enjoys spending time with his wife biking, birding, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and skiing. In addition to serving on the Friends Board, Lou is a Trustee for the Glen Lake Community Library, a hiking Docent and Trail Steward for the Leelanau Conservancy, and an Environmental Educator for the Boardman River Nature Center. He also volunteers on the trail crew for the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. Lou has graduate degrees in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah. His career years were spent in Columbus, Ohio where he taught information technology courses to healthcare students at the Ohio State University. He also served in various management positions for a Columbus hospital, a bank, and a private research institution.
In 1981, Chuck Schaeffer and wife Sue first visited the Dunes. Falling in love with the Dunes, they dreamed that a retirement home might someday become a reality. It then happened in 2003 when Chuck moved to Leelanau County. Becoming active in the Friends, he has served 11 years on the Board, with two years as its Chairperson. His business career was primarily in the Information Systems industry. With the move to Leelanau County, his career morphed into working for a summer at the Park Visitor Center and then to the retail banking industry, where he retired from Huntington Bank in 2007. Also active in community organizations, Chuck currently serves as Recording Secretary for the Kasson Township, and member of the Kasson Board of Review. Chuck has a Bachelors Degree in Management from Wayne State University, and Masters coursework in Occupational Education from Ferris State University.
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:
- I will interpret the organization’s work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as an ambassador.
- I will attend at least 75% of board meetings, including committees I am assigned to.
- I will RSVP my attendance for board meetings or board committee meetings at least one day in advance to either the FSBD board secretary (for board meetings) or the committee chair (for committees to which I am assigned.)
- I will review board materials prior to the board meeting and come to the session prepared for discussion.
- Each year I will make a personal contribution at a level that is meaningful to me, over and above the annual dues. Monetary contributions shall be kept confidential by the Treasurer and released to Board members on a need-to-know basis.
- I will actively participate in one or more fundraising activities.
- I will act in the best interests of the organization, and excuse myself from discussions and votes where I have a conflict of interest.
- I will stay informed about the organization’s activities and current issues. I will ask questions and request information. I will participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies and other board matters.
- I will work in good faith with staff and other board members as partners towards achievement of our goals.
- I will serve on a minimum of one Board committee.
- I will commit additional time each month to Board business or volunteering within the park beyond the regular board meetings.