Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association - 231-845-7417

Board of Directors

NAME
OFFICE
TERM ENDS
TERM #
Sue Ann Schnitker
President
2017
2
Kirk Lindquist
Vice President
2017
1
Roger Pashby
Treasurer
2015
2
Shelia Meeusen
Secretary
2016
1
John Truxell
Director
2016
1
Lenore Janman
Director
2017
2
Kim McDaniel
Director
2017

PRESIDENT

Sue Ann Schnitker (and her husband Gary) are the proud owners/ operators of the Cartier Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Ludington. Sue Ann has a desire to serve the community of Ludington and loves visiting lighthouses so these two attributes make her ideal to serve on the SPLKA Board of Directors. She has been involved in many other community organizations such as the Salvation Army, Mason County Garden Club, West Shore Community College Foundation Board, Sand Castle Children’s Museum and the Mason County Historical Society, to name a few. Sue Ann is enthusiastic and creative and we look forward to working as SPLKA President
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VICE PRESIDENT

Kirk Lindquist: The privilege of serving on the Board of Directors comes after an extended time dedicated to lighthouse protection and preservation. I first became involved with the Big Sable Point Lighthouse Keepers Association during the mid-1990's and served on the Board for two terms. In 2002, I founded and served as President of the Michigan Lighthouse Fund and participated as a member of the Michigan Lighthouse Project (a multi-agency work group managing the transfer of lighthouse properties from Federal to local government and nonprofit custody). I continue to be commited to efforts to protect, preserve and restore historic lighthouses and light stations. In particular, I will dedicate my efforts to participate with SPLKA as we maintain and protect the 4 lighthouses under our care.
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TREASURER

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.”
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SECRETARY
Sheila Meeusen was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan, but has lived in Wyoming, Michigan for over 30 years. She retired from teaching high school business at Grandville Public Schools in 2003 when she started a second career as a legal assistant. Sheila retired from the legal profession in 2012 and has since gotten involved with several volunteer activities, including Women at Risk, International and West Michigan Quilters' Guild. Sheila is very familiar with the Silver Lake area, having vacationed there with family for over 30 years. She would often visit Lake Michigan at Little Sable Point Lighthouse in Silver Lake State Park before the lighthouse was open. After the lighthouse opened, she signed up to be a volunteer keeper at the light one summer and she has been involved with SPLKA ever since, often volunteering on bus days at Big Sable Point and other special events at the lights. Sheila has been a lighthouse keeper at all four lights in SPLKA. This is Sheila's first term on the Board and she is currently serving as Secretary.
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DIRECTOR
John S. Truxell was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids at an early age.  He graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, spent four years in the Navy, returned, and then graduated from Western Michigan University.  His career was spent with General Motors Corporation in Sales and Marketing.   He lived in South Africa for six years and spent many years travelling internationally before retiring.  John has been happily married to his wife, Nancy, for 37 years. John has been involved in many civic and service organizations since retiring including Boy Scouts, Project 2000 Plus, Montague City Council, White Lake Historical Society, Lake Watch, Celebrate White Lake, Milwaukee Clipper Preservation Association, Lake Michigan Federation, White Lake Association, Rotary International, Eagles, and Friends of the White River Light Station.  Besides his interest in the White River Light and visiting other lights around the world, he enjoys boating, trap and pistol shooting, hunting, reading, travel, and keeping up a fitness regime.
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DIRECTOR

Lenore Janman was born in Detroit and raised in Lathrup Village, MI. She has lived in Indiana, Minnesota and South Dakota in addition to Michigan. Lenore spent thirty three years working in public education, starting out as a classroom teacher then becoming a principal, a human resources director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. After retiring from public education in 2003 she was looking for volunteer opportunities and came across an article in Midwest Living magazine about our volunteer keeper program. The following summer she became a volunteer keeper at BSP. She has been involved with SPLKA since 2004, first volunteering at BSP and then North Breakwater light and Little Sable Point Light. In 2009 she was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the board of directors and since has been elected to two terms. Lenore has served as president of the board of directors since 2011.
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DIRECTOR

Kim McDaniel
“Sail on...ye stately ships! I can stand on the catwalks and hear Longfellow's words in the warnings of Little and Big Sable, 'There is danger here, sail on!', or Ludington Pier's, 'Welcome, there is safe harbor here!', or White River's benediction to departing sailors, 'Fair winds and following seas, sail on!'” says Kim McDaniel in reference to her love of our SPLKA lights.

Kim was born near a tidal estuary in Maine and spent a good 30 years of her life getting back to the water. She's lived in Iowa and Colorado but felt the pull of the Great Lakes and moved to Michigan in '91. Her BFA with honors is in Music Theater and she has worked professionally as an actor, singer, dancer, and musician as well as working as a spokesperson for industrials and commercials and has appeared in various films. She can claim she appeared in a movie with Art Carney, in the same frame! But, alas, she will quickly add she was a lowly extra.

Kim has also worked as a music teacher and spent five years as an Artist in the Schools. She met her husband of 39 years in music school and she and Robert Robuck have always been active in their community, donating vast amounts of time with students. They enjoy sea kayaking with island camping and have lately taken up sailing and crew out on racing boats. They now live in Muskegon, close enough to hear the waves of Lake Michigan singing them to sleep at night.

 
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Shining Light Award

Purpose: To honor and recognize someone who has made an outstading contribution in helping SPLKA to fullfill its mission. This award will be given out at the SPLKA annual meeting each year.
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Contact Us

  • Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association
    P.O. Box 673, Ludington, Michigan, 49431
    231-845-7417,
    splkadirector@gmail.com