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.


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, LCC  with her husband Gene. Kathy is a board member of the Northport Area Heritage Association and chairs the North Flight board of trustees.

bill collins - board vice chair

Bill is a retired automotive engineer from General Motors, Delorean Motor Company, and Vixen. Bill also sits on the board of Resources for Economical & Accessible Community Housing (REACH), is a member of the Northport Village Planning Commission, and a Northport business owner.


fred budd

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

Joanne cook

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larry coppard

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.


Rick Foster

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Kristi HalletT

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Wendell Johnson

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 Koenig

Retired from DTE Energy, Dicks is active with the Northport Community Arts Center (NCAC) 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.

Barbara McCann

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 Education Administration and has been involved in leadership positions at her church, Northport Boy Scouts, Northport Booster Club, and other youth-centered activities.

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 helps her parents start a perennial farm and business. Splitting her time between several community non-profits, the perennial nursery, and the Foundation, she beings over a decade of marketing and social media experience from her previous career in book publishing in New York City.