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P.O. Box 46
Frankfort MI 49635
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Barb Johnson   VICE-
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RESIDENT
  NAME: Barbara Johnson    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: MA 1968, College of Education. Taught elementary school for twenty-two years in her hometown of Frankfort, retiring 2001. Raised two children: a daughter who is a recent graduate of MSU College of Human Medicine, and a son who has taken over her deceased husband's insurance business. Barbara is a member of POMH Auxiliary, P.E.O., Ski & Spree, Trinity Lutheran Church, and other community organizations. Leisure activities include golfing, hiking, cross country skiing, and reading.

Joyce Kirshner

SECRETARY NAME: Joyce Kirshner    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: Joyce is a graduate of Frankfort High School. She earned a BS and MA in Curriculum and Teaching from MSU. She taught elementary education in Port Huron, MI for thirty years. While there, she was a board member of the St. Clair County MSU Alumni Club. She is also an early board member of this club. Her daughter is also an MSU alum. She and husband Bob (now deceased) retired to their Crystal Lake home in 1993. She is an elder at Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church, volunteers at Benzie Area Christian Neighbors, is active in P.E.O., plays Mah Jongg, and likes to cook and read in her "spare time."

Flint Watt

  TREASURER   NAME: Flint Watt    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: I grew up in the central Michigan area. I have a BS in mechanical engineering from MSU in 68 and a MBA in finance from Western Michigan in 78. I retired from State Government in 2002. I managed programs in the Department of Public Health and the Department of Environmental Quality. I volunteer for the Benzonia Public Library, Benzie Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and the Betsie Valley Trail. I enjoy outdoor activities and an very happy that my family (kids and grandchildren) live in Michigan.

Joanne Herban MEMBER-
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NAME: Joanne Herban-Snow    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: Joanne was born in Cass City, MI. During her elementary and high school years she assisted her father in running a dairy farm. She studied business and secretarial skills at Saginaw Business Institute. In 1966, Joanne started working for Michigan Bell Telephone Company in Saginaw and while working there met Terry Herban. They were married in July 1970 and had two children; Mike (Traverse City) and Shawn (West Bloomfield). They were subsequently blessed with six terrific grandchildren. Both Terry and Joanne retired from AT&T in the Detroit area in the early 1990's and moved to their present home on Crystal Lake. Joanne , wanting to return to her farming roots suggested they build a barn in 2000. For sixteen years they have enjoyed the Big Red Barn on M-115 and all the activities associated with the farm. Terry passed away in April 2015. Joanne continues to farm, enjoys numerous church activities and spending time with her family and friends. She is active in P.E.O.

Susan Kirkpatrick

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NAME: Susan Kirkpatrick    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: Susan has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, an M.A. and B. A. in Education and a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from M.S.U. She has extensive background in master planning, construction, and administration of parking systems from being parking administrator for the State of Michigan, campus planner for Eastern Michigan University, and parking/transportation for the University of Michigan. She has published extensively in the field of parking and transportation. Currently retired in Frankfort, Susan serves on a number of boards and focuses on volunteering.

Elaine Vanderberg

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NAME: Elaine Vanderberg    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: I attended Kalamazoo College and graduated from MSU with a degree in the biological sciences. I've worked in the Sealtest Labs. Upjohn labs and for 17 years in the lab of Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph, MI where I did Pathology, Bacteriology and all functions of the main lab. My husband and I re-built the family cottage on Crystal Lake and retired here in 1992. I enjoy membership in the Benzie Spartans, Periwinkle Garden Club, POMH Auxiliary and Love to play bridge.

Bruce Wildie

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AT-LARGE
  NAME: Bruce Wildie    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: (Coming soon)

John Witt

MEMBER-
AT-LARGE
NAME: John Witt    CONTACT via EMAIL

BIO: John spent his youth in Muskegon. His academic years began at Michigan State University where he earned his B.S. in Chemistry in 1957. The next step was graduate school at the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in 1961, also in Chemistry. He also subsequently obtained an M.B.A. at University of Chicago. He spent his career in a variety of positions in the pharmaceutical and high intensity sweetener areas. After retiring from the corporate world, he formed his own consulting business working primarily in new drug development and intellectual property assessments. The clients were essentially small pharmaceutical groups and venture capital firms.

He and Margaret now spend their time enjoying the north in Frankfort and Glenview, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago.

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