We have a Board of 13 Trustees and teammates that include 6 full-timers and 2-3 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.
Mary Pat Goldich, President
Russ Kittleson, Vice President
Marty Makinen, Treasurer
Marianne Barry, Secretary
Mary Ellen Geist
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.
Amy Klein, Director of Development & Communications
Amy is from the Chicagoland area, but Michigan has always been a second home to her. She attended the University of Michigan and has worked in the non-profit sector for ten years, focusing primarily on fundraising, marketing, and events.
With a family cottage on the West Arm, Walloon Lake has been Amy’s happy place since she was a child. When not at work, you can typically find her outdoors. She enjoys swimming, hiking, and spending time out on the boat.
Connor Dennis, Land Water Specialist
Connor is a Petoskey native who’s family lives on Indian Garden road, therefore, Walloon Lake is very near and dear to his heart. Connor is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Applications. He also holds a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies from Northern Michigan University. Connor is a jack of all trades. From ski patrolling, teaching high school, to building houses he has done a little bit of everything and looks forward to putting all of his skills to good use in his position as the Land and Water Specialist. Connor has a true passion for the environment and the outdoors. He is an avid downhill skier and in the summers he and his wife enjoy golfing on couples league and spending as much time as they can on their pontoon.
Emma Vondra, Development and Office Coordinator
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!