Our Board and Staff
The Preservation Association’s governing Board represents a cross-section of year-round and seasonal Beaver Island residents. It currently includes the following people:
Kevin Boyle—Kevin retired as a partner of Latham & Watkins LLP after 31 years of practice as a communications, technology and information security lawyer. He also serves on the boards of the Beaver Island Association, Northern Initiatives and the NMU Foundation, and as the Chair of the Island Township’s Joint Telecommunications Advisory Committee. He is a volunteer programming & robotics teacher at BICS, and is the lead mentor for bIrobot, the BICS robotics team. Kevin helped found WVBI and serves as its general manager, engineer, news guy, jazz host, chief cook and bottle washer. He serves as PABI’s VIce President for Media Operations.
Paul Cole—Paul was raised on the island and returned after a career on the mainland to retire, but somehow wound up running the Beaver Island Chamber of Commerce. Paul also serves on the St. James Township Board.
Vince Ebersoldt—Vince has been a regular visitor to the island with his wife Meg and their sons Campbell and Levi for 21 years, and the past 9 years as a homeowner. The Owner and President of Ebersoldt + Associates Architecture in St. Louis, Missouri, Vince is active throughout the country specializing in multi-family housing, historic tax credit consulting, historic architecture, and real estate development. He is involved in several philanthropical activities. On the island, he has been active with both PABI and the Beaver Island Historical Society, where his firm provided architectural services for the addition to the Print Shop Museum.
Dr. Don Fix—Practiced Emergency Medicine in West Michigan for 36 years. Married to Barb for 42, they continue to enjoy their 3 children, 5 grandchildren, boating, cooking, reading, and travel. Sailing to the Island in the early ‘90s, they built their home here before retiring here in 2012. An avid techno-geek/handy-man—Don enjoys computing, home theater, photography, carpentry, plumbing, electrical and HVAC work. He serves on the board of the Beaver Island Association and is a past Vice President of PABI.
Judy Lanier Gallagher—Respected educator, professor, and dean emeritus from MSU. Visiting the Island in 1972, her family became seasonal residents in 1974. She retired here in 2000, ran a local business, served on the school board, township board, PABI board, and as BICS Superintendent and Principal. She enjoys her large family who visit often—as well as cooking, entertaining, and nature walks with Splash, her black lab. She serves as PABI’s President.
Eric Hodgson—Once a pilot for the local airlines, he now owns and operates the landmark Shamrock Bar & Restaurant, Harbor Market, Daddy Franks, Beaver Island Lodge, Stoney Acres, and Beachcomber—while making a little time for the Great Lakes boating he enjoys with Dana (his Island-born wife) and their son, Liam. Eric participates in many community activities and serves on the Board of the Charlevoix State Bank. He is chair of PABI’s Board.
Ken McDonald—Retired executive of Alticor Inc. and managing director of Quixtar; built Island home in 1992 and retired here in 2005. Ken was active in local school activities while his son attended and graduated from school here—and now focuses on community improvement efforts. He serves on the Beaver Island Association Board, has managed its annual Beach Clean-Up, and led PABI’s Capital Campaign. He is an avid outdoorsman, traveler, and hunter.
Lita Popke—Received a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College in 1980 and a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1983. She began her career in 1983 as an associate attorney at the law firm of Harvey, Kruse, Westen & Milan. There she focused on insurance defense, asbestos litigation, no-fault, and commercial litigation. She then practiced as a partner and shareholder of the firm Mager, Monahan, Donaldson & Alber, P.C. from 1985 to 1994, specializing in commercial litigation, fidelity and surety, zoning, and appellate cases. From June of 1994 to June of 2000, she worked at Weisman, Young, Schloss & Ruemenapp, P.C
Ron Wojan—Born and raised on Beaver Island, Ron went away to college but was fast to come back and follow in his dad’s home-building footsteps. You can see Ron’s construction work all over the island. He’s served in numerous leadership roles on the island over the years. He did a lot of work to help get WVBI on the air. He serves as PABI’s Vice President for Building Maintenance.
Marcy Dean – CEO PABI/Beaver Island Community Center/WVBI – moved to the island in Mid-March to become the new CEO of the community center. A twenty year non-profit veteran she spent the last thirteen years with the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana, serving the last five as the Executive Director. Her leadership included oversight of all aspects of Zoo operations including business, finance, animal management, guest services, education, daily operations, conservation, public funding lobbying and fund development. She was responsible for development and execution of their strategic vision, mission, financial and operational goals, and capital improvements. Her experience includes master planning, government relations and public tax funding. Having spent summers in Northern Michigan since she was young she had always had a plan to live up north and is thrilled to be a part of the island. A Saginaw, MI native, Marcy has two children, Aidan and Livi.