Although he didn't grow up in Ludington, Bob Baltzer feels very familiar with it, with both parents from the area. His family has been visiting on summer vacations since he was a child. His family has had a summer cottage on Hamlin Lake since 1960 and he remembers Big Sable when it was "boarded up and given for loss". He and his brother often hiked out to the lighthouse with their two boys, wondering what it would be like to be lighthouse keepers. Durning one visit, Bob and his wife Becki ran into a gentleman carrying a shovel out to work around the driveway (Bob Sperling). Well, "the rest is history". They were hooked andhave been keepers ever since. Bob has served two terms on the Board previously. He has held both the position of Treasurer and Vice President in his previous time on the board. Bob comes back to the board bringing his vast experience, knowledge and to help with his special interest of fundraising. He and his wife Becki are and will continue to serve as keepers, both supporting the organization and doing their best to help support the SPLKA mission to preserve , promote and educate the public and to make our lighthouses accessible to all.
Mr. Cocconi is a long-time resident of suburban Chicago. A Native of New England, he holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Northern Illinois University. Professionally, he retired from a technology and sales career spanning software and professional services. He has spoken nationwide on business technology, and was an Adjunct Professor of Business at Aurora University.
Mr. Cocconi has had a long history of volunteer and charitable service in civic and religious organizations, including chairing an annual event raising healthcare funds for people on the margins of society. He has been a member of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association since 2003 and has been a volunteer light keeper annually since.
Ted Robinson is the great grandson of Captain William Robinson, the first keeper of the White River Light Station. Ted currently is the president of the Friends of White River Board of Directors. Ted and his wife Patty have retired to the Montague area after Ted’s business consulting work moved him around the country finally settling down in ST. Louis MO. Even though Ted grew up in the metro Detroit area he developed a love for lighthouses as he has fond memories of summering with his grandparents in Manistee. Ted grandfather had followed the family tradition and for many years was the keeper of the Manistee lighthouse. Ted is also active in the Whitehall/Montague Rotary club and enjoys helping his daughters out with home maintenance projects from time to time.
Roger Pashby and his wife Glenna, have been keepers with SPLKA for over eight years. Roger comes from a family of Lighthouse Keepers, as his Uncle was the last keeper to reside and live at Crisp Point, Lighthouse, on Lake Superior, before it became automated. The Pashby’s have a love for lighthouses, as they have visited all of Michigan’s, Wisconsin’s, Maine, and the Pacific Coast lights, in the past ten years. Roger and Glenna live in south central Michigan, have raised three sons who are married and raising their children. Roger was born in Kalamazoo, Glenna in Hastings, and have lived in Hastings the past 17 years. Roger is semi-retired, still works as an expeditor for a trucking firm in Battle Creek, MI. Roger has many hobbies, golfing, photography, lighthouses, loves to travel. Glenna is a RN, and plans on retiring this year after 43 plus years working in Kalamazoo hospitals. Roger and Glenna have a passion for the Lights of Sable Points, and want to help others develop a passion for our lighthouses. Educating the public about the importance of lighthouses, and preserving the lights we have is our goal. It cannot be done by one or two people, it is a team effort, and we want to work hard with our many friends to preserve Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association. “Let your Light shine before men and guide the way.”
I have been very fortunate to be a SPLKA volunteer for over five years; during that time I have been yearly at Big Sable, once spent a week at White River LS, helped on Bus Days and in a few other situations . The longer I am involved the more I marvel at how lucky I am to have found SPLKA and will try and stay involved for several more years. Bill and his wife Pricilla both educators have retired to the Ludington area. Bill retired after severing for 24 years as the Buchannan, MI high school principle. Bill has multiple community interest including being a Friend of the Ludington State Park ,is an avid reader and enjoys being a grandfather.
Appointed to the board of directors at the May 2018 meeting, Lenore will fill a year and a half of an unexpired board term. Lenore is no stranger to the SPLKA board as she served on the board from 2010 to 2016. While on the board, she served as president from 2011-2015. Her past accomplishments include helping SPLKA develop the original strategic plan and overseeing the update in 2015 during her term as president. She was also instrumental in developing most of the SPLKA operational policies.
Mark Hallenbeck has deep roots in western Michigan. His grandfather built a lake cottage in western Michigan in the 1940’s, and every summer his family ventured from the Detroit area to vacation at the cottage. He vividly recalls walking up the Ludington north breakwater to the then-shuttered lighthouse, wondering what mysteries might lurk inside. He couldn’t possibly have imagined that decades later he would volunteer inside that historic lighthouse. But it was Big Sable Point Lighthouse that led Mark and his wife, Nancy, to join SPLKA and begin ten years of lighthouse volunteering. Mark has always been drawn to sand and water, and when he and Nancy discovered the magnificent black-and-white structure on the lakeshore, they couldn’t believe their good fortune. Mark and Nancy count their weeks of lighthouse volunteering – and sharing their passion for the lighthouses with wide-eyed visitors - among the most memorable adventures of their lives, and Mark is excited to pay it forward by serving on the SPLKA Board.
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