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President: Jim Promo
Vice President: Kathy Bosco
Member-Volunteer Recording Secretary: Anne Promo
Treasurer: Bob Jacobson
Lynn Spitznagel Sutton
In Memory Of:
Mike Biskupski: Mike and Marcia have been seasonal residents of Omena since 1978. Their daughter, Allison, has been coming to Omena since she was born. They named their cottage “Tree House.”
Michael has been a Psychotherapist and Therapeutic Educator both in private practice and public and private schools his entire career. Currently he is CEO of private therapeutic day schools in the Chicago area. As one of the founders of OVPA, he has served actively on the Board for numerous terms. When not sitting on the Board he acts as an advisor in his capacity of ex-officio for life. Mike has a passion to preserve and protect the cherished Village of Omena.
Kathy Bosco: Kathy founded an educational group for grandparents who have grandchildren with autism 18 years ago. The group, located in Phoenix, AZ, has reached over 700 grandparents attending monthly meetings. She also works closely with her Alma Mater, Michigan State University, in the Education Department on the study of Autism.
Roberta Cohen: Roberta and her husband Allan, became full-time seasonal residents in Omena in 2012. Originally from New York, where she was an elementary school teacher, she and Allan moved to St. Louis, MO, in 1980. She served on the Board of numerous charitable organizations, including the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, Paraquad, Anti-Defamation League, A World of Difference Institute, National Council of Jewish Women, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Auxiliary, Saint Louis Symphony Volunteer Association, and the Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Through her volunteer efforts she helped to raise over $20 million for St. Louis charities and increased the community’s awareness of such critical issues as: child abuse and neglect; the need for independent living for people with disabilities; AIDS & HIV issues; other significant medical and health issues, including breast cancer; the dangers of bias and prejudice; along with focusing on the importance of music, art, film, and literature in our lives. In 2015, Roberta co-chaired the Omena Women’s Club 100th Anniversary Celebration. Roberta has a son and a daughter and four delightful grandchildren.
Bob Jacobson: Bob has been a life-time seasonal resident of Leelanau Township. In 1969 his family bought a cherry farm and summer home in Northport. In the early 70s, they planted grapes for wine and by 1978, they were producing wine as Leelanau Wine Cellars, Ltd. Bob has been president of the winery for over ten years and employed full-time since graduating from the University of Michigan in 1993. Leelanau Wine Cellars is the largest winery in Michigan, producing and selling almost 200,000 cases of wine annually. When not at LWC, Bob develops, builds, and operates affordable rental housing around the State of Michigan. His company has over 1,500 apartments that rent to individuals earning below 60% of the area’s median income. In addition, he serves as the Treasurer of the Michigan Wine Producers Association and is a Director of the Shelter America Association, a Seattle-based affordable-housing nonprofit focused on building and preserving affordable housing with ownership of over 2,000 rental units.
Jim Promo: Jim has managed Four-Diamond hotels and resorts throughout the U.S., always located in places of great natural beauty. Whether living in the Virgin Islands, Vermont, Hilton Head Island, Jackson Hole, Vail, or Lake Tahoe, Jim has enjoyed camping and particularly kayaking the beautiful lakes that are part of the pristine wilderness areas of the country. He learned at an early age the value of outdoor recreation, which allows for the re-creation of the human spirit. He has served on the Board of the Woodstock, VT Chamber of Commerce, and later on the Wyoming State Travel and Tourism Board of Directors. Jim and his wife Ann moved back to his home state of Michigan in 2017, and since then has become a member of the OVPA Board and now serves as Co-Grounds Chairperson of the Omena Traverse Yacht Club.
Lynn Sutton: Lynn has been a cottage owner since 1977 when she restored and moved the Barth Barn, converting it to a cottage. A fiber artist, she is a long-time contributor to the Tamarack Gallery. In the past, galleries in Maui, California, New York, and Chicago have carried her fiber sculpture. Lynn is also a musician having played viola as a member of symphony orchestras in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, and Lansing. Lynn has two sons and six grandchildren who she is devoted to. When not in Omena, Lynn and her husband Ron, live in Pinckney, MI.
Rob Tubbs: A resident of Traverse City since 1984, Rob moved to Omena in 2020. Rob received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1980 and his law degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1983. Rob retired from the full time practice of law in 2022, having specialized in family law, and medical malpractice and motor vehicle liability defense work.
Rob previously served on the Board of Directors of Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan for nine years, board president for two, and on the East Bay Township Planning Commission for 15 years, chairperson for ten. He currently serves on the Child & Family Services Foundation Board.
Joe Varley: Joe Varley is fully retired from a lifetime of service to our country, the international community and finally, to Leelanau County. He has a BA in Psychology/English Literature and an MS in Management and Organizational Development, which helped him throughout his wide-ranging career.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer working in agriculture when a major earthquake devastated the country in which he was serving. He was assigned to work with the US Embassy, USAID and the US military in disaster relief and reconstruction. Later, he became a Project Director for CARE, building rural water systems. He entered the Foreign Service in 1980 and retired from active duty in 1996. As a Foreign Service Officer and later as a consultant, Joe managed USAID overseas operations in over 20 countries worldwide. He is fluent in Spanish and French, in addition, of course, to English.
He first came to Leelanau County in 1978 and has had a residence here since then. He returned to Leelanau County to initiate and direct the Shady Trails Camp program in 1997 (8?). He managed Shady Trails for four years before beginning overseas consulting work.
As a Special Services coordinator at the Leelanau County Department of Social Services, Joe directed Migrant Services, operated resale stores, managed contracts and coordinated Native American and Senior programs.
Joe also served on the Leelanau Township Board and Planning Commission. With his unique background and career, Joe would like to assist with the management of OVPA’s properties. He would also be well-equipped to help with new projects for OVPA.