Board of Directors
Andrea Carlson (President), a Colorado native, plans many of our events and administers our retail store. For Ludington Area Schools, she is a parent volunteer, Orange and Blackpack Food Program volunteer, and member of the LAS Parent Advisory Committee, and she maintains the middle school Facebook page. She also supports TWIG (Together We Inspire Generosity) and Women Who Care of Mason County. She is married and the mother of two girls. Her hobbies include traveling, time on the lake, and bringing old furniture back to life with a paint brush in her hand.
Melissa Stowe-Loyd (Vice-President) is a Ludington native and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BA) and DePaul College of Law (JD). She is an attorney who recently returned to Ludington with her family. She is a member of the Mason/Lake County Bar Association and Coordinator of Constitution Day Activities with Ludington High School. She is a volunteer attorney for the COVE Legal Clinic, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and a member of St. Simon’s Catholic Church.
Darlene Ponko (Secretary), a founding board member, is a Ludington native and a graduate of Western Michigan University with a BA in Elementary Education. She is a retired LAS elementary teacher. Darlene is active in community service/social organizations such as AAUW, PEO, and Beta Sigma Phi and a member of Ludington United Methodist Church. She travels extensively throughout the world and visits family in Australia often.
Conny Bax (Treasurer) was born in Canada, where she graduated from Laurentian University with a BS in Commerce. As a CPA, she has worked for multiple industries, including food service, health, automotive, manufacturing, and non-profit. She currently works for FloraCraft and is a member of the Ludington Rotary Club. She enjoys hiking, biking, camping, kayaking, canoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Marsha Barter (Past President; Grants), a graduate of Central Michigan University (BA and MA) and Western Michigan University (MA), is retired from a career as a teacher, a consultant for gifted programs, and the director of the Mason-Lake Oceana Mathematics and Science Center. In Pentwater, she served as president of the preschool board and as a school board member. She has been church pianist at Centenary UM Church in Pentwater for over 40 years. She and her husband have visited 49/50 states and several countries.
Nanette Kibbey-Scribner has an Associates in Medical Laboratory Technician, a BS in Biology, and teacher certification from Ferris State University. She is currently Lab Technologist at Spectrum Health Ludington. She is treasurer for Ludrock and for Lakeshore Employee Auxiliary, a Webelos Den Leader in Ludington, and a former Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader in Scottville. She belongs to Ludington UM Church and Ludington Area Council for the Arts.
Deb Boerema is a retired cosmetologist who also worked in insurance. She was the village clerk for Fountain for many years. She lives in Ludington. Deb is a member of the Lakeshore Parrotheads and leader of Knittin’ at the Mitten. She belongs to the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, and she instructs our Crafts Camp, as well as many other arts and crafts projects throughout the year.
Pamela Lynch is a graduate of Central Michigan University (BS in Biomedical Sciences) and Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University (OD). Pam is an active member of the Michigan Optometric Association, MOPS, and Women Who Care of Mason County. She currently lives in Ludington with her husband and two young children. She enjoys spending time outdoors and experiencing life through her toddlers' eyes.
Sherlyn Houk is a Ludington native. She has recently relocated back to Ludington after 25 years in the Ann Arbor area. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Linguistics and Eastern Michigan University with an M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. She has been an educational speech-language pathologist in Southeast Michigan for many years and is now practicing pediatric speech-language pathology at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital. She is a member of the American Speech-Hearing Association and The International Dyslexia Association. She loves living close to Lake Michigan.
Founding board members: Kristin Korendyke, Darlene Ponko, Buffy Nagle, Pat Carney, Michal LaCombe, Marsha Barter, Mary Todd.