Board of Directors

A small group of Leland residents concerned about preservation of the Old Art Building formed the first board of directors in 1992. Since that time more than 50 volunteers have served on the board, bringing their talents in business, the creative arts, and community service to the monthly meetings, committee sessions, and to the many ad hoc gatherings that occur during the year. Here are the current board members for 2018:

Judy Frederick, has been a part time resident of the Leland area since 1969. She was employed by Boride Products as Employee Relations Manager and also lived and worked in Chicago and San Francisco. Since returning to Leland in 2001 she has been actively involved with ShareCare, the Leelanau Conservancy, The Leelanau Historical Museum, Leelanau Players, and served as President of  The Little Garden Club. She enjoys hiking and building trails at the Frederick Farm in Maple City. Judy received her bachelors degree from the University of Rochester.

Jane Kiernan, is a year round Leland resident.  She joined the LCCC Board in 2014 and co-chairs the Art Leelanau Committee.

Dan Lisuk, President, earned a BFA degree from Michigan State University, studying under James Adley and Tony Deblasi, and a masters in humanities from Central Michigan University. He taught art 32 years in the Traverse City public schools, serving as chairman of the art department for 22 years. A Detroit native, he lives in Leland with his wife Laurie and daughters Halley and Juliana. His paintings and drawings are in collections throughout the United States and abroad. Dan is the current president of the LCCC.

Marlis Mann visited Leland in 1966. Naturally she fell in love with the “Land of Delight” and the Mann family came every year.They became permanent residents in 1987. She served on many boards: VP at ShareCare, International Affairs Forum, 6 years, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, 9 years, member of the Suttons Bay-Leelanau Rotary Club 26 years and was their first woman president and second Youth Exchange Officer. Marlis has also been on the boards of ShareCare and the Glen Arbor Art Association. She also was a choir member of the Methodist Church. She has giving many speeches to schoolchildren, various Clubs, and overseas.  Leland is in her heart and she volunteers wherever she can.

Tom McConnell, Vice President, moved to Leelanau County with his wife Susan in 1974. A 1971 graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, Tom started McConnell and Associates marketing communications firm in 1981. He is a past vice president of the Northern Michigan Ad Club and has been on the Old Art Building board since 2003, and is currently serving as vice president.

Nancy Miller has been a summer resident in Leland since 1970.  She had a successful career in education which included teaching in Battle Creek, being interim Director at Kalamazoo Academy, and taking twenty 9 and 10 year olds to France for 3 weeks! She and her husband Craig became full time resident in 1987.  She ran the Bridge Program at Leland School, coached little league softball, volunteered for Blessings in a Backpack and has been on the board at the Leelanau Children’s Center.  She is looking forward to being on the board of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center.

Alexia Warburg Post spent her summers in Leland before moving here in high school.  She attended Indiana University, graduated from Aquinas College and then lived some grand adventures as a cruise director in the southern hemisphere and as a teacher in Costa Rica.  Alexia settled down in Colorado for a few years, taught elementary ed, and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Denver in 2011.  After moving “home”, she got her endorsement to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, currently teaches first grade at Northport Public School and resides in Leland.  Alexia enjoys painting in her spare time.

Kerry Satterwhite, Secretary joined the board 2010. After spending mny summers in Leland, Kerri, her husband Ross and two children, moved here year round. Having 2 sons in school Kerri quickly got involved in the Leland Educational Foundation. Currently serving as Vice President, she was key in the development of the “Arts and Inspiration” fundraiser. Her background in the arts, design and marketing are an ideal fit for the Old Art Building.

John A. Scott, is the principal of John A. Scott, P.C., Traverse City. The firm’s practices is concentrated on estate planning, elder law and real estate matters. An avid watercolor painter, John has studied with Charles Murphy for many years and is a regular at the Tuesday, Open Studio group. John, his wife Mary and their wire-haired pointing griffon/flat coated retriever, Klickitat, live among their vineyards on Provemont Hill.

Mary Stewart, Treasurer moved to Leelanau County in 2001 and resides in Suttons Bay with her husband Gregory Reese. She attended Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI and then lived several years in Washington, D.C. where she began graduate work at Catholic University. Mary relocated to Chicago and completed graduate school at Northern Illinois University with an M.A. in painting and drawing. She worked in arts administration for over 20 years; employed at The League of Chicago Theatres, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Trudy Underhill was born in the Ukraine and lived in Austria during her grade school and high school years, coming to the United States in 1951. Married in 1956, she studied, worked, and raised a family in the Detroit area, working first as a medical technologist, then for 20 years as a psychiatric social worker and therapist. Trudy and her husband, Bob, and three friends started the Beyond the Bay film series in Suttons Bay in 1998.

Hillary Voight is a proud native of Leland and is grateful to create her adult life in northern Michigan. She spent endless childhood hours at the Old Art Building as a member of Dance Leelanau, and is thrilled to revitalize Dance Leelanau by leading the ballet program in Leland. Hillary earned her B.S. in Communications (emphasis in Marketing & PR) from Grand Valley State University. At GVSU Hillary performed and choreographed for the GVSU Dance Troupe, and also served on its executive board. She currently serves on various boards and committees which promote lifelong learning, support of the arts and global awareness. She currently resides in Traverse City with her husband, Matt, and their Irish Terrier, Paul.


Becky Ashley Ross Executive Director since 2014, has vacationed in & visited the Leelanau area all her life.  She and her husband Bill made Cedar their year round home in 2010. Prior to becoming Director, Becky served on the LCCC Board for two years and was an active member of the arts community as a fiber artist and photographer. Her career began as librarian at her Alma Mater, Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo Ohio where she later became Director of Development. After 25 years at MV Becky joined the consulting firm of Ford & Associates where she worked for 15 years with independent schools across the country consulting in the areas of fund raising, alumni relations and strategic planning.

Linda Sprout, Assistant Director since 2008, spent many summers in Northern Michigan.  She has worked with YMCA camps, and afterschool childcare for 20 years until her move to Leland in 1995.  The visual arts and graphic design have always been a special interest for Linda.  Self-taught in computer graphics, photo editing, desktop publishing and Microsoft Office programs, Linda was the ideal candidate for the 8 hrs/week, part time job in 2008.  Since that time the job demands have grown with the program growth of the Old Art Building and she is now a full time employee.

Michelle White, Program Assistant, is a visionary who pioneered the tart cherry concentrate category for its health benefits.  Through her years as founder and president of Michelle’s Miracle she received the Leelanau Horticultural Society Award in 2010 and the CMU-RC Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 and has been acknowledged for innovative packaging through Packaging Digest as well as several television, radio and newspaper interviews on the topic of tart cherries. She is the mother of identical twin boys, has a degree in family life education, and comes from an entrepreneurial background.  Michelle has been in the service industry since her early teens and, to this day, loves writing, painting, spending time in the kitchen creating recipes, and catering.   Michelle has a free and innovative spirit that has taken her from creating and developing products, to expressing her creations and other artistic modalities.  She spends time working for the Old Art Building, Cooks Help, writing, painting and working with individuals  who are experiencing homelessness and marginalization through art at Central Methodist Church during the Outreach Program that meets every Wednesday.  Michelle and her husband Bill live in Leland, Michigan.

Earlene Hill, Office Assistant was born and raised in northwest Detroit, received her bachelor’s degree in business management and her master’s degree in adult education in St Louis where her and her husband Doug spent 26 years, After many years in the non-profit sector, she formed her own meeting planning business, specializing in medical conferences. The Hills moved to the Leelanau Peninsula in 2004 as a full-time residents. Since that move she founded By-the-Bay Garden Club of Suttons Bay, was a member of the Bingham Township parks and recreation committee, and served as deputy clerk for Bingham Township overseeing elections in the precinct. Her hobbies include garment sewing, knitting and gourmet cooking.

Dick Krahn, Audio Visual Technician, moved to Suttons Bay on 2008 from Rochester, MI after retirement from Electronic Data Systems.  When the LCCC upgraded and added their audio / visual systems, Dick was asked to oversee the equipment usage to help protect that investment.  Dick stepped into that position, creating manuals and floor plans for staff to refer to, and has become an important addition to our contractual staff.