Berkley W. Duck III, FPS Board President, retired in 2001 as a managing partner of Ice Miller, a large, Indiana-based law firm, where his practice included corporate governance and finance, securities law and mergers and acquisitions. Berkley is a past chairman of several civic and arts organizations in the Indianapolis area including the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park and Conner Prairie Foundation, Inc., which manages the endowment of Conner Prairie. He is the author of Twilight at Conner Prairie: The Creation, Betrayal and Rescue of a Museum, which describes the development and resolution of a governance dispute between museum and its trustee, and has written a crime novel, The Grapevine. He also is a member of the board of the Leland Township Library. Berkley is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School. He and his wife, Nancy, are residents of Leland. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Kathryn Bishop Eckert (Omoto), FPS Board Chair, is an architectural historian and historic preservationist who has studied buildings and cultural landscapes throughout Michigan and assisted its communities with preservation activities. Born and raised in Detroit but now living in Leland, she is Michigan’s past State Historic Preservation Officer and a former advisor to the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She was a founding member of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, Keweenaw National Historical Park Commission, and Friends of the Michigan State Capitol. Buildings of Michigan, Revised Edition (University of Virginia Press, 2012) is the most recent of her writings on state and regional architecture. She is a 2012 Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians. She received Honorary Affiliate Member awards for distinguished service to the profession of architecture from the Michigan and Detroit Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, as well as the President’s Award for contribution to Michigan’s architectural heritage from the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. Kathryn received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College and her master’s in art history and Ph.D. in American studies from Michigan State University.
Scot Zimmerman, FPS Treasurer, resides in Traverse City, and currently serves as Community President and North Region President for Chemical Bank. Growing up in Traverse City, he spent his childhood climbing the dunes, swimming and sailing on all our lakes, visiting Fishtown, and passing through on the way to explore South Manitou. As an adult, he has spent time doing many of the same things with his wife Liz, and two daughters Katy and Maddy. Liz, being a Leland native, made the connection to Fishtown important to the family. It is this connection that prompted Scot to become involved with the Fishtown Preservation Society.
Joanie Woods, FPS Assistant Treasurer, resides in Leland and is very active in a broad range of community activities. She presently serves as Co-Chair of the Leelanau Conservancy’s Wildflower Rescue and on several committees for Fishtown Preservation Society. Joanie is former Chair of the Leelanau Heritage Route. Joanie graduated from Abbot Academy (now Andover), and received a B. A. from the University of Colorado.
Matthew (Matt) Anhut grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan and lives in Leland with his two children, Jack and Gigi. Before moving to Leland full time, Matt was general counsel of Bel Air Investment Advisors in Los Angeles, California, where he served on the firm’s management committee, as well as oversaw legal matters, human resources, and its securities regulatory compliance program. Matt was in the private practice of law for over 15 years, initially with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now K&L Gates) in Washington, DC and New York City and then with Bryan Cave LLP in Santa Monica, California. Matt earned his undergraduate degree, in business administration, from Georgetown University and his law degree from Emory University. Matt has been admitted to practice law in California, Maryland, and Washington, DC (each inactive currently) and was registered as a securities industry supervisor and representative. In his free time, Matt can regularly be found in the stands or pacing the sidelines of his children’s athletic events.
Sandra S. Clark grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, where her father was a history professor at Kansas State University. Her B.A. and M.A. in history are from Michigan State University. She began her history career teaching Canadian and American history at Plattsburg State University College of New York and Michigan State. She interrupted her work on her PhD dissertation in the history of Canadian-American relations to become an editor and speechwriter for the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C, in 1975. She returned to Michigan as editor of Michigan History Magazine in 1979. She was deputy director of Travel Michigan for three years before she became director of the Michigan Historical Center in September 1991. Her professional service has included terms as president of the American Association for State and Local History, the Michigan Museums Association and the Automobile National Heritage Area. She was the 2009 recipient of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network Leadership Award.
Brian Price was involved in the commercial fishing industry for 18 years. He worked for Ross Lang fishing out of Leland and Munising from 1973-85, he then became Captain/Trainer on a trap net, fishing for the Grand Traverse band from 1985-88.With his deep interest in both land and water conservation issues, Brian began working for the Leelanau Conservancy in 1988, leading that organization as Executive Director for over 25 years. He and Susan have owned and managed a farm in Cleveland Township since 1975. They have four children and four grandchildren. In his spare time Brian enjoys carpentry and woodworking, managing his own forested land, camping, and fishing.
Jim Ristine a historic preservationist and art historian is the founder and owner of Great Lakes Art Services of Leland, Michigan, as well as a licensed building contractor. He graduated with degrees in art history and religion from Denison University and in art history and museology from the University of Minnesota, and pursued graduate work in historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University. After curating at several museums in the Twin Cities, including the Minnesota Museum of Art, Jim founded Great Lakes Art Services in Milwaukee in 1987, which he relocated to Leland in 1989. Jim is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville and a former member of the Boards of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear and the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.
George Strietmann is Vice President and Principal at Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to joining Bahl & Gaynor, Strietmann was a Vice President and Senior Trust Officer for the Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati. Throughout his career he has also devoted himself to public service, serving on numerous non-profit boards and committees in the Cincinnati area. After retiring in December 2018 he and his wife, Linda, will be spending more time in Leland, where he spent his summers since childhood. George has been a sailor all of his life and is at home on the water. He wants to be a part of keeping what makes Leland and our region unique, including caring for Fishtown and the waters of Lake Michigan.
Jo Walker and her husband Jim currently live in Leland and have been full time residents of the county since 2006. Prior to moving to Leland, she was a Relationship Manager/Account Executive for Aon Corporation, in Southfield, Michigan and has over 20 years commercial insurance experience. She previously served as President of her local Insurance Women’s Association. Since moving to Leelanau County, Jo has volunteered with many local non-profits and was instrumental in setting up a Blessings in a Backpack program to assist children in Leelanau County with food for the weekends, she also served as the Northport Food Pantry Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for Leelanau Christian Neighbors. Jo is currently the webmaster for the League of Women Voters – Leelanau County and also serves on the FPS Development Committee and Events Committee. Jim and Jo have four children and soon will have nine grandchildren.