Board of Directors

Ward Lamphere President 
Retired Marketing Executive, General Motors
Traverse City, MI

  • Former Vice-President, Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra
  • Board member, Encore Winds
  • Volunteer, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
  • Freelance Professional Musician

Robert B. Hetler Immediate Past President
Retired Global Relationship Partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
Suttons Bay, MI

Former Board Member: Berkeley Symphony, Berkeley, California; California Symphony, Walnut Creek, California; Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley, California; Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, California; San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, San Francisco, California; Berkeley Public Education Foundation, Berkeley, California

  • Former Trustee, Albion College, Albion, Michigan
  • Board Member, Leelanau Christian Neighbors
  • Member, Suttons Bay – Leelanau County Rotary Club
  • Member, Harvard Business School Club of Michigan
  • Classroom Volunteer, Anna Maria Elementary School, Holmes Beach, Florida

Penny Sweeney Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor , Traverse City, MI
Traverse City, MI

Patrick Kessel Treasurer
Vice President of Finance & Advancement, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Traverse City, MI

  • Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity, Central United Methodist Church, Safe Harbor, Watershed Center

Robert Parker Secretary
Attorney, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
Traverse City, MI

  • Board member, Grand Traverse Industries

Don Bell
Retired Senior Financial Officer, SENCORP
Traverse City, MI

  • Board member, Cincinnati Gearing Systems

Carl DeFaria
Retired Senior Management, Federal Paper Board Company
Maple City, MI

  • Member, International Affairs Forum
  • Life Trustee, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Nicole Philibosian Gentry
Realtor, Exit Realty
Traverse City, MI

  • Professional Opera Singer/Educator

Robert Giles
Traverse City, MI

  • Member, International Affairs Forum
  • Volunteer, Leelanau Conservancy, National Writers Series and Interlochen Center for the Arts

E. Thomas Maguire
Retired attorney
Traverse City, MI

  • Member, Traverse City Economic Club
  • Board member, International Affairs Forum
  • Commissioner, Peninsula Township Planning Commission
  • Volunteer, Traverse City Botanic Garden

Amy Radford
Retired Marketing Director
Lake Leelanau, MI

Thomas Skinner
Senior Executive Producer, Free to Choose Media
Suttons Bay, MI