Who We Are Bios

About the LCA Board Members

Mike Dow Mike Dow and his wife Rhea have lived full-time on Lake Charlevoix since 1995, after retiring from several small businesses downstate. They are both active in the community and particularly interested in protecting the natural beauty of the land and water in Northern Michigan. Mike is a board member of the Little Traverse Conservancy and Charlevoix Area Community Pool. They also love to support a number of other groups in the area, including the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Friends of the Boyne River, Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, Raven Hill Discovery Center and the Charlevoix Historical Society.
Joe Kimmell Joe and Karen began vacationing in Northern Michigan in 1985, and built a home on Lake Charleviox in 1999. Joe practiced as a business lawyer in Fort Wayne and Detroit for over 35 years, before retiring and moving to their Lake Charlevoix home full-time in 2009. Joe has served as an adjunct teacher at NCMC and serves on the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals of Eveline Township. His main interests on the LCA Board are shoreline and watershed protection and the encouragement of “green” practices by lake users and property owners.
Dan Mishler My wife Martha and I have owned waterfront property on Lake Charlevoix since 1989. We now live on the South Shore near Ye Nyne Olde Holles Golf Club. After full and rewarding careers in teaching in Hartland, Michigan, we are now full time residents of the area. My teaching career was as a High School Chemistry Teacher, during which I used every reasonable opportunity to fit water quality studies into the curriculum. I also coached football, basketball and baseball and was the Science Department Chairperson for the district. I am an avid fly fisherman and a member of Trout Unlimited, which had an influence on the fact that all of my graduate coursework was in Aquatic Biology and Stream Ecology. I hope to use this background and my passion for the environment to help the Lake Charlevoix Association in its mission of protecting and preserving our beautiful lake for both current and future users. It will be very satisfying if we can all work together to make sure we leave this place better than we found it.
Sherry Purcel Sherry and her husband, Bob, have been vacationing together at Lake Charlevoix since the mid-sixties. In 2001 they bought her family’s property (owned since 1912) and built their retirement home where Sherry’s grandfather built the original “red cottage” in 1913. Sherry is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and graduated Western Michigan University with a Masters in Library Science. She is an Advanced Master Gardener and supports the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, the Little Traverse Conservancy, as well as the Lake Charlevoix Association.
Chris Heroy When we were bankers in Chicago, my husband and I spent summers cruising Lake Michigan always with Charlevoix as a goal. So with a growing family, when we were able to buy a cottage at Sequanota Club we felt like we were coming home. 32 years later, it isn’t enough just to enjoy this beautiful lake, it was time to give back. I bring a background in non for profit organizations, starting a Humane Society, YMCA, and serving on our local school board in our home in Indiana. I have served as President of Sequanota Club and continue as their Marina Chairman interfacing with DEQ and USACE. Graduate of Northwestern University in City Planning and Industrial Engineering, I feel I can assist Lake Charlevoix Association in reaching out to all watershed residents encouraging stewardship for generations to come.
Joel Van Roekel My wife Nancy (a Lake Charlevoix Ambassador) and I live in Holy Island Bay, onthe South Arm. The property has been in Nancy’s family since 1911 and we feel it a privilege to be third-generation caretakers of this land and shoreline. We are both retired literacy specialists (Lansing area) and consider it a blessing to wake up each morning and look out at this beautiful lake.In addition to 34 years of public school teaching, I have taught undergraduate and graduate level courses for Michigan State University, Ferris State University, and the College of Graduate Studies in Institute, West Virginia. I am an avid swimmer, paddler, rower, snorkeler and boater. My focus over the next several years will be on providing landscaping information and increasing the availability of native plants for the lake’s greenbelt.
Larry Levengood Larry Levengood and his wife,Gayle,have resided full time in Charlevoix since 1973.I retired in 2014 from the Environmental Health Division of the Health Department of Northwest Michigan after 41 years of service.I had previously worked at the Thumb District Health Department in Lapeer,Michigan compiling a total of 42 years in public health.I graduated from Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences.I have served on numerous other boards and committees at the state,regional,and local levels including 36 years on the Charlevoix County Planning Commission,22 years on the Charlevoix Public Schools Board of Education,and 12 years on the Charlevoix County Recycling Committee.
John Hoffman My wife Barbara and I are from Fort Wayne and after spending vacations in Northern Michigan over the years we moved permanently to our home just outside Boyne City on the south side of Lake Charlevoix. I am a retired intellectual property attorney and was in private practice in Washington, DC and Fort Wayne for over forty years. In addition to serving on the LCA Board, I am active in the Little Traverse Conservancy and Northern Community Mediation. When we wake up each morning and see the beauty of Lake Charlevoix it reminds us of why we moved here. Maintaining the beauty and health of this wonderful natural asset is the motivation for my involvement with the LCA.
Tom Darnton My family has been in Charlevoix since the early 1900’s, when my great grandfather arrived to work in the fishing business. My childhood summers were spent on a Lake Charlevoix beach and I have been active in the Charlevoix community most of my adult life. I live in the family home on Oyster Bay and often commute to my downtown Charlevoix office by boat. After a 40-year career in the law and a two-year experience with cancer, I have made Charlevoix my year-round home and now work full time as a realtor in the Coldwell Banker Schmidt Charlevoix office.
I came to the real estate business following a 40-year career as a practicing attorney in Ann Arbor. I hold a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School and am a lifetime Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan. I practiced civil law, specializing in “Alternate Dispute Resolution” (ADR) which means getting good results for clients without unnecessary and costly litigation expenses.
I share ownership of my home on Oyster Bay with my two siblings. I have been married twice and have adult children from each marriage. My siblings also have children and our home serves as the focal point of an extended family. Most summer and holiday season evenings will find at least 10 people around the table at dinnertime.
I live and love the “up north” life. ­I maintain a small but significant collection of classic boats, both wood and fiberglass. I love to sail the afternoon sea breezes at the west end of the lake, and to take in those restaurants on Lake Charlevoix and Little Traverse Bay, which can be reached by boat. In the winter, I alternate between work, skiing and boat maintenance.
In addition to my seat on the board of the Lake Charlevoix Association, I am also on the board of the Charlevoix Historical Society. I am a past board member of the Inland Seas Education Association and am currently the Lake Monitor for the west end of Lake Charlevoix with the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. I attend the quarterly meetings of the Lake Charlevoix Project, which keeps me current on the ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the lake. I currently serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Parks and Recreation Committee in Hayes Township, where I live.