Board of Trustees and 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.
Fred Budd, Trustee
Northport native Fred Budd retired to his home community after a long career in Information Technology, much of which was spent at the Pentagon. Fred also worked for Unisys Corporation and with the Maryland Department of Transporation. He serves on the Northport Village Council.
William "Bill" Collins, Trustee
Bill is a retired automotive engineer from General Motors, Delorean Motor Company and Vixen. Bill also sits on the board of REACH, is a member of the Northport Village Planning Commission and a Northport business owner.
Larry Coppard, PhD, Trustee
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 Work and Institute of Gerontology. Most recently he has been a senior consultant to the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
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.
Wendell Johnson, Trustee
An attorney and shareholder in Smith & Johnson Attorneys, P.C. in Traverse City, Wendell is also a corporate member of Munson Healthcare and belongs to the Traverse City Rotary Club, the Elks Club and the Traverse Area Chamber of Commerce.
Richard "Dick" Koenig, Treasurer
Retired from DTE Energy, Dick is active with the Northport Community Arts Center where he is Vice President of Development. He also serves as a board member of the Northport Lions Club and the Northport Area Heritage Association.
Richard "Dick" Wilson, Trustee
AMAX Coal Company, Sales/Marketing, Retired, Leelanau/Suttons Bay Rotary, Past President, Inland Seas Educ, Volunteer Instructor, Wilson Group Real Estate, Broker/Owner.
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. However, she continues to educate and provide enrichment opportunities for students in her position as Director of the Northport After School Program. She holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration and has been involved in leadership positions at her church, Northport Boy Scouts, Northport Booster Club, and other youth-centered activities.
Shirley Beardslee, née Nielsen, returned to Northport in 2014 to live at her family's centennial farm with her husband and parents. Now retired from several years working as a World Language teacher in Grand Blanc and most recently in Northport, she is committed to life-long learning for people of all ages.
Youth Advisory Council
Stay tuned for information on new and returning Youth Advisory Council members after school starts in the fall.
Leelanau Township Community Foundation Staff
Joan Moore, Executive Director
Joan Moore has served as the Executive Director for the Leelanau Township Community Foundation for six years. 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.
Jennifer Walter, Youth Advisory Council Advisor
Jennifer Walter has ties to Leelanau County that extend back over 100 years when her great-great grandfather Jon Hommelstad arrived in Port Oneida from Norway in 1883. She and her husband Steve Paciorka moved to Northport in 2009 when he accepted a position with Sterling Law Office out of Empire. Before accepting a teaching position at Northport Public School in 2011 she served as a trustee on the Northport Public School Board. Jennifer spent six years teaching middle school language arts in Chandler, Arizona and four years teaching high school English in Owosso, Michigan. She has served as the LTCF Youth Advisory Council Advisor and last year accepted the class advisor position for the class of 2018. She and Steve have two children who attend Northport Public School.
Megan Ernst, Adminstrative Assistant
Megan moved to Northport in 2016 after a 25-year absence from her hometown, to help her parents, Kris and Betsy, start Peninsula Perennial Nursery. Splitting her time at the nursery and at the Foundation, she brings experience in marketing and social media from her 8+ year career in book publishing in New York City.