Board of Directors & Staff

The Board of Trustees is made up of community members who represent a cross-section of Leelanau Township residents and who bring their unique skills to the board to guide the Foundation's operation.

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kathy garthe - Board chair

Kathy is retired from Munson Healthcare (MHC) and worked at Leelanau Memorial Hospital in Northport for 14 years. She has been associated with the Northport community since 1965 and co-owns Garthe Farms, LLC  with her husband Gene. Kathy is a board member of the Northport Area Heritage Association and chairs the North Flight board of trustees.

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Barb Mccann - board vice chair

Having resided and raised two sons at the Capt. Peter Nelson property south of Northport since 1980, Barbara retired from her Northport Public School teaching career in 2005. She continues to educate students in her position as Director of the Northport After School Program. She holds a Masters Degree in Education Administration and has been involved in leadership positions at her church, Northport Boy Scouts, Northport Booster Club, and other youth-centered activities.

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Kim Armbruster

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Northport native Fred Budd retired to his home community after a long career in Information Technology at the Pentagon. Fred also worked for Unisys Corporation, and with the Maryland Department of Transportation

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Retired from the University of Michigan, Larry held faculty and staff positions in the School of Natural Resources, School of Education, Department of Family Medicine, School of Social, and Institute of Gerontoloy. Most recently, he has been a senior consultant to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.


Kristi Fischer

Kristi is a lifelong Leelanau County resident! She graduated in Northport Public School in 1999, and then went on to graduate from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Communications in 2004. Kristi owns and runs her family’s restaurant and Leelanau establishment, Fischer’s Happy Hour Tavern, with her boyfriend Brian Hafner. She is mom to a 13-year old son, Caleb. She has also coached middle school JV and Varsity volleyball at Northport Public School for 7 years.

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Rick Foster

Rick had been a cardiologist and medical school faculty member in Grand Rapids until he and his wife, Barbara, retired to the Leelanau Township vacation house. In Grand Rapids, Rick had held leadership roles in the hospital, Dwelling Place (a nonprofit affordable housing developing agency), and their church. In Northport, he is active in the Lions Club, their church, LWVLC, and the county’s Housing Action Committee.

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Kristi HalletT

Lifelong resident of Leelanau Township, Kristi has worked at Northwestern Michigan College since 1987. Kristi resides in Omena with her husband, Eric and helps manage Eric Hallett's Home Maintenance, LLC. She is a member of the Leelanau Township Cemetery Committee.


Greg McMorrow

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Ty Wessell

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Joan Moore, Executive Director

Joan Moore has served as the Executive Director for the Leelanau Township Community Foundation since September 2009. Her talents for community vitality began at Michigan State University in administration where she served for twenty years. After moving to northern Michigan she had the opportunity to develop her skills even further at Munson Healthcare and is very pleased to have the opportunity to serve her community in her current position.



Megan Ernst, Administrative Assistant

Megan moved to Northport in 2016 after a 25 year absence from her hometown to help her parents start a perennial farm and business. Splitting her time between several community non-profits, the perennial nursery, and the Foundation, she brings over a decade of marketing and social media experience from her previous career in book publishing in New York City.