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2014-2015 Board of Directors

  • Howard Newkirk, President
  • Al Terry, Vice President
  • John Kafer, Treasurer
  • Jan Quaine, Secretary
  • Tom Adams
  • Dave Clapp
  • Pete DiMercurio
  • Charlie Gano
  • Jim Ford
  • Bob Kingon
  • Dan Mishler
  • Susan Page
  • Claire Rasmussen
  • Sue Reck
  • Pam Roudi
  • Ham Schirmer
  • Scott Smith
  • Susan Stewart

Board Member Profiles


Howard Newkirk, Board President

As a heavily involved boater ranging throughout the Great Lakes, Howard has a unique understanding of marinas, boats and the value of inland lakes, rivers and the Great Lakes. His unwavering commitment to the health of our waters lead him to become a board member of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Howard retired from Compuware Corporation where he held many positions including President, Chief Scientist, head of client server computing, consultant and software author.  He also serves on the board of Michigan Community Dental Clinics (MCDC) and was co-founder of Boyne Thunder.


Al Terry, Vice President

Growing up in large cities and having always loved the outdoors, Al’s family vacations in northern Michigan left a lasting impression of what the great outdoors was really meant to be. From living in areas where lakes and rivers were polluted and turned into junkyards, Al has learned what can happen if waters are not protected. Now living on a lake, he is even more interested in protecting the waters and fish habitats. Al has also been part of the Mullett Lake Area Preservation Society, the Cheboygan Area Sportfishing Association, the Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources, and the Northern Inland Lakes Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee.


John Kafer, Treasurer

As a board member of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, John believes he can help give our water resources the protection they both need and deserve. He is honored to be on the board for the Watershed Council, whose day-to-day execution runs very close to its mission, and allows the board to focus on proactive rather than reactive and corrective efforts. John has also served as President of the Petoskey Regional Audubon Society, Treasurer of the Northern Michigan Regional Health System, and Treasurer of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Jan Quaine, Secretary

Jan has always loved Michigan’s fresh waters and feels a responsibility to keep them preserved for all future generations. By working with the staff at the Watershed Council, she hopes to positively impact this amazing resource of fresh water that has been entrusted to us. Being a board member has given Jan the opportunity to give back to her community, and she is proud to be affiliated with such a highly effective organization. Jan has also served as a member of the Pickerel-Crooked Lakes Association, a leader of the Invasive Species Committee, and a team member of the Red Cross Disaster Services for Northwest Lower Michigan.


Tom Adams

Tom joined Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council because it is an organization whose sole purpose is doing its part throughout northern Michigan to protect one of the world’s most vital resources: the fresh waters of the Great Lakes Basin. He knows contributing to this cause is helping to pave the way for future generations to enjoy the benefits, beauty, and splendor of the region. Tom has also been a member of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce Board & Executive Committee, the Little Traverse Association of Home Builders Board, the Perry Farm Village Board, and Vistage of Michigan.


Dave Clapp

As a research biologist with the MDNR Fisheries Division and a lifelong angler, Dave has a strong professional and personal interest in the aquatic resources of northern Michigan. His service to the Watershed Council allows Dave to get out of his professional “comfort zone” and contribute more of his personal time to resource protection and promotion, as well as making sure that quality aquatic resources are available for his two young sons to enjoy. Dave has also served his community as a Charlevoix Little League coach, Charlevoix Recreation Department flag football coach, and Den Leader for Charlevoix Pack 11.


Pete DeMercuio

Pete DiMercurio, the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association representative on the Watershed Council board, is impassioned to ensure the continued health of the Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed, which is within the boundary of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. He believes it is imperative to maintain a strong network between lake associations and environmental organizations in the same geographical area of interest. He is privileged to be a member of the Watershed Council Board of Directors, in its mission to protect lakes, rivers, streams, and shorelines. Pete has also been part of the Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging and the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City.


Charlie Gano

Charlie Gano has lived, worked, and raised his family sailing the Great Lakes and North Channel and spending time on Burt Lake. He considers Northern Michigan’s most valuable assets to be its pristine waters and fantastic people. Being a board member of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council offers Charlie the opportunity to help preserve these assets that make Northern Michigan so special, as well as give back to the community that has given so much to him and his family. He has also been involved with the Little Traverse Bay Protection Fund, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, North Central Michigan College Foundation, Burt Lake Preservation Association, Petoskey Rotary Club, and Petoskey Community Free Clinic.

Jim Ford

Jim knows that it’s easy to get complacent about things you see and use everyday. The special water resources in Northern Michigan have played a big part in his life and are critical to the health of the community in many ways. Jim wanted to be a part of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council’s substantial and reasoned efforts to assure the quality of these resources for the years to come. He has also been a board member and Grant Distribution Committee Member of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.


Bob Kingon

Having spent the last fifty years visiting and living in Antrim County, Bob has witnessed the many accomplishments of lake associations and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council against the varied issues that threaten the watersheds of Northern Michigan. As a member of the Watershed Council board, Bob feels privileged to assist the organization in serving the interests of riparians and all who enjoy our pristine waters. Bob has also served as a member of the Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association Board of Directors, the Milton Township Parks and Recreation Committee, the Milton Township Zoning Board of Appeals, the Elk Rapids Golf Club Board of Governors, and as the Milton Township Planning Commissioner.


Dan Mischler

Dan believes in the mission of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and will use his position on the Watershed Council board to help continue the organization’s good work. As the current president of the Lake Charlevoix Association, Dan looks forward to enhancing the relationship between Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and the Lake Charlevoix Association and the work that they do together.

Susan Page

Susan believes that Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is its staff – their dedication, commitment, and professionalism to the most important resource in our region: water. In addition to the Watershed Council Board of Directors, Susan has served as President of the Twin Lakes Association, Program Chair of the Perennial Garden Club, and members of both the Earthweek Plus! Committee and the Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace, Justice & the Environment (SACCPJ&E).


Claire Rasmussen

Being a board member of TOMWC is a strong fit with Claire’s passion for the protection of Michigan’s waters. After volunteering with TOMWC for four years, Claire hopes to share her experience and skills to facilitate further accomplishment of the Watershed Council’s goals, especially in the areas of policy and issue management. Claire is also on the Northwest Academy Board of Education in Charlevoix.


Sue Reck

As a member of both the Three Lakes Association and Torch Lake Protection Alliance, Sue found that the services of Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council are invaluable to her local lake associations. She believes that so much more can be accomplished in the area of water quality by creating partnerships between like-minded organizations. Beyond the Watershed Council board, Sue has been part of the Three Lakes Association, the Solid Waste and Recycling Council of Antrim County, the Friends of the Alden District Library, and the Michigan Probate Judges Emeriti.


Pam Roudi

Pam Roudi spends as much time as she can at her cottage on Walloon Lake with her husband Dennis, daughter Katie, son Evan, and 2 dogs. She has enjoyed the Petoskey area for the last 35 year and loves to volunteer and help advocate for this beautiful area which continues to provide so much happiness for her and her family. She possesses a strong passion for water quality and protection of our water resources. Pam has served on the Walloon Lake Association (WLA) board for past 6 years, and as president this past year. Pam loves to be involved in educating the importance of protecting our wonderful water resources for generations to come... to all who will listen. Pam has always cheered on the sidelines for all the great work Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council does for our watershed and she is thrilled to be part of the team.

Ham Schirmer

Being on the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council board allows Ham to tangibly support the efforts of the Watershed Council to ensure that our watershed is protected. Having quality lakes and streams benefits individuals by supporting the northern Michigan lifestyle, and brings economic benefits by continuing to attract people to visit and live in this community. Ham has also served on the Executive Committee of the Little Traverse Conservancy, as a Board Chair of the McClaren Northern Michigan Foundation, and as Secretary of both the Perry Farm/Hillside Board of Directors and the Inland Lakes Educational Foundation.

Scott E. Smith

Scott brings his expertise in program planning, monitoring and evaluation, conservation finance, and grant writing and administration to the Watershed Council’s Board of Directors. He has previously worked with The Nature Conservancy, the Global Environment Facility, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Susan Stewart

Growing up swimming and sailing on the waters of Northern Michigan, Susan wants to ensure that the lakes, rivers, and wetlands of this region are in good condition for future generations. She believes that both science and advocacy are important to watershed health, and values Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council's monitoring, research, policy development, and education and outreach work. As a board member of the Watershed Council, Susan hopes to see the organization continue providing evidence of watershed trends and conditions, and recommending action to landowners and policymakers at all levels of government. Susan has also served her community as a member of the Top of Michigan Trails Council.









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