Crooked Tree Arts Center Board of Directors

Ragnar Avery

Treasurer, CTAC Board of Directors

Ragnar is a retired Executive Account Manager for Dow Corning Corporation (now Dow Silicones). Ragnar and his wife, Kristy, moved to Kalkaska in 2009 after her retirement from Dow Corning as a Senior Event Planner.

Susan Beaufait-Bingham

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

A transplant from Rochester, Michigan, Susan retired from a nursing career and lives in Traverse City.

Michelle Boyer

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Michelle Boyer is a retired National Board Certified middle grades teacher.

Ed Boyer

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Ed Boyer, a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelors degree in Marketing and a masters degree in International Marketing from Ashland University, is a long time supporter of the arts.

Carole Carroll

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Carole has had a 30 year career in Special Education as a classroom teacher and as a countywide teacher consultant for physically impaired, health impaired, and traumatic brain injured students.

Rob Harold

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Rob and his wife retired to Petoskey in the spring of 2015. They joined CTAC that summer and have been active in the Crooked Tree community ever since.

Joe Kimmell

Chair, Board of Directors

Joe Kimmell practiced law with a major Midwest law firm in Indiana, Washington, D.C. and China for 35 years, before retiring to Northern Michigan in 2009.

Bill Millar

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

A Michigan native, U.S. Army veteran, and graduate of the University of Michigan, Bill Millar holds a degree in dentistry and a Masters of Science in Orthodontics.

Anne Morningstar

Secretary, CTAC Board of Directors

Anne Morningstar is a full-time Professor of Art and Design at North Central Michigan College. She is co-owner of Bear Creek Organic Farm and an active member in the Northern Michigan community, serving on myriad boards and committees.

Stephen Palmer

Traverse City Leader, CTAC Board of Directors

Steve is currently a full-time artist making fish out of found objects. His work can be seen in galleries across the country. Professionally, Steve retired from Birmingham Public Schools as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Jim Schroeder

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Jim and his wife, Kathy, have been summer cottagers in Bay View for over 20 years. Upon retirement, they chose to live Up North and moved to Petoskey in 2012.

Elaine Smiley

Vice Chair, CTAC Board of Directors

Elaine is a former general education teacher, special education teacher, special education school administrator and university instructor who has worked in North Dakota, Minnesota and Michigan.

Jennifer Tobias

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Jennifer Tobias currently resides in Chicago, IL and on Old Mission Peninsula, MI. She maintains art studios in both places, and her painting reflects the experiences of living on both sides of Lake Michigan.

Kurt Weitzke

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Kurt and his wife, Phoebe, are enthusiastic in their support of our neighboring communities. Kurt has served as Board President of CTAC, chair of the executive committee, as well as chair of our current development committee.

Ben Whiting

Member, CTAC Board of Directors

Ben Whiting is an award-winning actor, playwright, and magician turned speaker. As an entertainer he performed in over 30 countries, and has had multiple television appearances in the United States and UK.