Board Member Spotlights 

Biography & Questionnaire
  • Bio

My husband and I have lived in Otsego County (near the Pigeon River Country State Forest) for over 30 years.  I had a 35+ career in community and economic development.  This involved working with communities and businesses to determine what they wanted to do to develop and grow.  I loved my job because I got to know many different people in communities throughout northern Michigan and the eastern UP.   My last position was as manager of the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts.  Photography is my life-long hobby.  It helps me tap into my artistic side while giving me the incentive to travel, meet new people and enjoy the outdoors.  Since I retired, I’ve been doing more volunteering for various organizations, including serving on the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center Steering Committee.

 

  • What do you love about Otsego County?

First and foremost, Otsego County is a very caring place.  Having worked with many communities throughout my career, I’ve found that this is not true in all towns.  When I moved here, I was amazed at the number of organizations that are driven by volunteers striving to make this a better community for all. I also appreciate that this area has many of the benefits of living in a larger, more urban area while retaining its small-town friendliness.  And lastly, I truly enjoy the natural beauty found here and the easy access to outdoor recreation.

 

  • Why did you say YES to the OCF?

I watched from the outside as the OCF grew from a small, obscure organization into the powerhouse it has become.  I think the staff and board have done a phenomenal job in growing into an organization that not only helps the community through philanthropic giving but also connects organizations with one another and to the constituents that need their assistance.  I will be proud to be connected with this group.