A Charlevoix native and resident, I am the proud third generation owner of our family farm, Lake View Ranch. I was born at the Charlevoix Area Hospital and attended and graduated from Charlevoix Public Schools.
After graduation, I attended North Central Michigan College and was enrolled in the Three Plus One Program with Lake Superior State University. While at North Central, I was very involved with the Student Senate where I served as secretary for three years. I thoroughly enjoyed my classes and experience at North Central Michigan College. I was challenged and encouraged to reach for opportunities and goals that proved to have a positive impact on my future. The commitment and support of the faculty and staff was amazing. I earned my Associate of Arts degree and continued with my studies at Lake Superior State University. I also took classes at Central Michigan University with a focus on Public Administration.
In 1989, I purchased the E.J. Shoppe in East Jordan. Two years later, I accepted the Executive Director (now President/CEO) position at the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2001, I opened my second retail business, Mary’s of Boyne, in Boyne City.
As President/CEO of the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, I have been on an amazing life journey and in a rewarding career that allows me to be a part of and gain vast experience in economic development, community development, event production, public speaking, community promotion and marketing, meeting and retreat facilitation, leadership development and organizational management. No two days are ever the same in my world! Each day I am so fortunate and blessed to be able to work with engaged and sincere individuals. I am one of the co-founders of the C-48 The Breezeway Scenic Route Task Force, Paddle Antrim Inc., Leadership Charlevoix County Inc., and the Green Light East Jordan Business Competition.
I currently serve on the Little Traverse Conservancy Board of Directors (past chair) and am the chair of the LTC Land Protection Committee, I am the board chair of District 3 Michigan State University Extension Council, Paddle Antrim Board Secretary and am the President/Co-Administrator of Leadership Charlevoix County.
I feel so honored and appreciative to reside, work and be a part of the many exciting organizations and programs in our region! I truly credit my educational experience at North Central Michigan College as one of the building blocks in my career and accomplishments.