We have a Board of 13 Trustees and teammates that include 6 full-timers and seasonal interns throughout the year. Additionally, through 9 Committees we are able to tackle lake and land issues, boater safety, government relations, aquatic invasive species control, land conservation, preserve stewardship, fundraising, and public education.
Russ Kittleson, President
Marianne Barry, Vice President
Marty Makinen, Treasurer
Holly Angileri, Secretary
Mary Ellen Geist
Mary Ann Smith
Josephine Roberts, Executive Director
Josephine is an East Jordan graduate who always envisioned moving back to the Northern Michigan area. She lived in Detroit and worked in the non-for-profit sector there for the past ten years. She attended DePaul University and Wayne State University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. During her time in Detroit, Josephine was invested in contributing to the city’s comeback through volunteer and board work in organizations like the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University and was an active member of the Detroit Yacht Club where she started a sailing program for inner-city children. Josephine and her husband, Justin, have many interests that include being on the water and in the woods, antiquing and eating their way through the world. They are thrilled to be able to raise their sons, Shepherd and Archer Roberts, in northern Michigan.
Eden Haven, Director of Finance
Eden is a native of Petoskey and has spent many summer days enjoying Walloon Lake and all its beauty. She graduated from Lake Superior State University with a degree in accounting and has worked in public accounting for the past five years where she worked in many areas, including nonprofit accounting and auditing.
When not at the office, you will find her spending time with her son (Jaxson), husband (Ian), and two dogs (Roman and Athena). Eden enjoys reading, swimming, and just spending time outdoors, whether it be going for a walk or just relaxing on the deck.
Emma Vondra, Director of Communications
Emma is a northern Michigan girl through and through. After graduating from Boyne City High School, she ventured to Central Michigan University where she got a degree in Communications and Cultural/Global Studies. Her passion for people has fueled all professional roles she has filled, and she is excited to be able to use her experience thus far to serve the Walloon Lake community. Outside of the office, Emma loves being on any and all lakes, attending concerts and going to the gym!
Tanner Yurk, Community Conservation Manager
Tanner is a native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fisheries and Wildlife. After graduating, Tanner gained experience with invasive species and habitat restoration in the private, governmental, and NGO sectors. Tanner and his wife, Hannah, enjoy taking their dog, Theo, to the beach and to parks for walks and relaxing.