A National Historic Landmark Est. 1875

A Chautauqua on Lake Michigan

Bay View Association Board of Trustees

The Association By-Laws direct that Bay View be managed by a board of nine trustees and those persons appointed by the board to carry out the day-to-day functions of the Association. Trustees are leaseholding members who are elected to three-year terms at the Association's Annual Meeting. A majority of trustees must be members of the United Methodist Church.

Jon M. Chism, President, 2017

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1615 Park Avenue, Bay View • 347-7335
P.O. Box 6113, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6113
(616) 458-4145 • j.chism@bayviewassociation.org

Jon has been coming to Bay View since 1971 and has been a cottage owner since 1983. He has been an active participant in the tennis program and a member of the audit committee. He has been a CPA partner in Plante & Moran PLLC for 15 years, a technical resource group leader for financial institutions, SEC and oil and gas, and a group leader for financial institutions for Western Michigan. Plante & Moran is a 1,600 person firm and for 13 years in a row has been in Fortune's 100 best places to work. He worked as a consultant on the Enron bankruptcy case. Jon is married to Janet Child, who's family has been in Bay View since 1917. They have two adult sons who have grown up in the Bay View Club program. Jon is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.

Carol Neithercut, Vice President, 2018

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P.O. Box 1476 Bay View • 231-347-2497
130 S Canal Street #10P Chicago IL 60606
312-258-9094 • c.neithercut@bayviewassociation.org

Carol Neithercut’s parents bought the family cottage in Bay View the year she was born and she has been spending her summers here ever since. Neithercut became a leaseholding member in 1973 and a cottage owner in 1996 when she took over her grandparent’s cottage. All three of her brothers own cottages, as well as two cousins.

Neithercut, 61, has been involved with the Long Range Planning Committee for six years, and chair of the committee for four years. She also served one term as a member of the Theatre Arts Committee. She resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to starting her own company, “Neithercut Strategic Marketing,” Neithercut worked in marketing and strategy for RR Donnelley, the world’s largest commercial printer, in Chicago. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University, a Masters degree in Counseling from Wheaton Graduate School, and an MBA in Marketing from Michigan State University. She began her marketing career at The NPD Group, one of the world’s largest marketing research firms, where she worked for 16 years.

Neithercut currently is in her ninth year as a Director of the Board of the Metropolitan Condominium Association. For seven years, Neithercut was an advisor and executive mentor with Women Unlimited, which provides leadership and business acumen development guidance to women leaders. She is also in her eighth year as an Account Director with Taproot Foundation, which provides pro bono consulting to needy, not-for-profit organizations. Neithercut attends the First United Methodist Church of Chicago at the Chicago Temple.

Jim Rogers, Treasurer, 2018

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PO Box 1477 Bay View • 231-347-4260
739 Antonette Ave. Winter Park FL 32789
407-376-9699 • j.rogers@bayviewassociation.org

Sally and Jim first came to Bay View in 1988 and became Associate Members in 2006 then purchased a cottage in 2009.  Jim has served on the Finance Committee for the past five years, Investment Committee for 4 years and Chaired a fee committee study.  He holds a BA degree in Economics from Denison University.  Jim has spent over 40 years in privately held businesses concentrated in computer and IT related supplies.  He and Sally have two grown sons and six grandchildren.  He lives in Winter Park, FL and is a member of Coronado Community United Methodist Church.

Peggy Child Smith, Secretary, 2019

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PO Box 1088, Bay View • 231-347-7573
3147 Bonnell Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49506
616-942-6473 • p.childsmith@bayviewassociation.org

Peggy Child Smith is a lifetime Bay View participant and leader whose family continues to be involved in all areas of the program after nearly 100 years.  For the last 35 years, she has been finding and addressing opportunities in many areas of our community; especially fund raising, Morning Council, Historic Awareness, Performing Arts, and Recreation.  When not working on a Bay View project, she has owned two small businesses, sat on the board of 501(c)(3)s, and been a long-time fundraiser.  Peggy is married to Dave Smith, has raised four children (all of whom participate in Bay View, and two of which are members), and has hosted six Rotary youth exchange students in their winter home in Grand Rapids, MI.  She has also lived in Japan and Thailand, but no matter where Peggy is, her heart is always in Bay View. Peggy is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids.

Karl Hansen, 2017

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1075 Brockway Ave., Bay View, 49770 • P.O. Box 1362
3654 Bellecrest Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45208
(513) 600-3685 • k.hansen@bayviewassociation.org

Karl has been coming to Bay View since 1963. He has been an active participant in the Boys & Girls Club program growing up and a member of the Marketing committee. His family has participated in the Bay View experience for over four generations. He has been a marketing professional in the food processing industry for 29 years, at Cargill Meat Solutions, KraftHeinz Foods, John Morrel, and American Seafoods, in product & brand marketing management and Director of Marketing roles. Currently, at AdvancePierre Foods, Inc. in the Senior Marketing Manager role for commercial segment business team. AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., (Stock Symbol APFH), a $1.6 billion in sales, value added protein company with over 3,500 employees. He is on the Wisconsin Alumni Board of Directors for the Cincinnati chapter and member of Bay View Campus Club. Karl is married to Michelle Hansen, who is active in the Woman’s Council and Archives. They have two daughters who have grown up in the Bay View program. His family has had the opportunity to enjoy and grow with Bay View through its programs and people. Karl is a member of the Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church in Cincinnati. Karl earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration - BBA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters of Business Administration - MBA from Western Michigan University in Marketing & Finance.

Katherine Mitchell, 2017

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641 Cedar, Bay View • 348-1891
2420 Blueberry Lane, Ann Arbor, MI 49307
(734) 665-2646 • k.mitchell@bayviewassociation.org

Kate has been a Bay View cottage owner for 20 years. Her four children have grown up in Bay View and were all active in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club as campers and leaders. Kate has served on the Recreation Committee for the past six years – she will be trustee liaison to the committee this year – and has assisted in the hiring and mentoring of recreation directors. She graduated from Albion College with a Bachelor of Arts and honors from the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She returned to school and received her certification in Montessori early childhood education. Currently she is the head teacher at a small school in Ann Arbor. Kate is a presenter at the American Montessori Society’s annual conference. She also serves as a consultant to other Montessori schools in the region. Kate has worked for many years as a volunteer in the Ann Arbor public schools. She served four terms as PTO chairperson, was appointed to the steering and long range planning committees for the new alternative middle school, served on the citizens search committee for Ann Arbor’s superintendent, as well as several hiring committees for principals and teaching staff for many years. Kate and her husband, Dick, are members of First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor.

Barbara Stonewater, 2019

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P.O. Box 1023, Bay View • 231-347-7584
1101 Barkston Ln., Aurora, IL  60502
630-820-5878 • b.stonewater@bayviewassociation.org

Barbara and her husband Jerry have been Bay View cottage owners for thirty-three years, and raised their two daughters here every summer.  As retirees, they spend six months in Bay View each year, in the place that has always been “home”.  Barbara retired in 2009 after almost forty years working in various levels of education.  For the first twenty-five years, she served as a university faculty member or administrator at Michigan State University, Miami University, Southern Illinois University, and Drake University.  The last sixteen years of her career, she served as Executive Director of two different collaborative educational organizations.   Her education includes a B.S. and M.S. from Purdue University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State.  At Bay View, Barbara has served on the Membership and Personnel Committee,  Education Committee, a Special Task Force on Staff Evaluation, and as Chair of the 2012 Special Committee on Membership. Barb was baptized in the Methodist Church and is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale, IL.

Fred Weber, 2018

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PO Box 1162, Bay View • 347-6910
13442 The Square Poway CA 92064-1310  
858-618-1712 • f.weber@bayviewassociation.org

Fred Weber, first came to Bay View as a child with his mother, Barbara Weber, in the summer of 1955. His great-grandmother, Marguerite Lewis Rutter, bought a cottage on Knapp Avenue in 1935, but sold it in 1956. He bought his own cottage on Knapp in 2000. When he is not in Bay View, he lives in the San Diego area, where he is a member of San Rafael Catholic Church.

Weber has been regularly attending Board meetings since 2001, and his involvement in Bay View has been varied. He served one term on the Education Committee; gave a Scarrow Friday Forum talk on chemical weapons destruction; and taught a week-long class on Understanding Military Power. He chaired an ad hoc committee that studied and recommended Automated External Defibrillators. He served on the By-Laws Committee from 2012-2014. He served as an usher at Religion & Life lectures during 2014, providing Rev. Daniel Moser with attendance and contribution data not previously recorded; and helps sort books for the Library Book Sale every year. He volunteered his time for the Bay View Listening Project in 2014 as a facilitator, planning committee member, and on the Final Report writing team.

Weber had a long U.S. Army and follow-on civilian career in operations research/systems analysis, computerized modeling and simulation, and research and development. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Military Academy, and a Master of Science from the Naval Postgraduate School. He served in an Armored Cavalry Squadron, on the faculty at the Army Intelligence School, and in arms control. He has years of experience in computerized simulations and in model design and development. He has been a team leader for application of advanced technology to training and to arms control. Weber is now retired from Northrop Grumman.

Alison B Ford, 2019

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560 Lakeview Ave., BL 25 L 1 Bay View • 231-347-3027
9407 Turnberry Dr., Potomac, MD 20854
a.ford@bayviewassociation.org

Alison is a fifth generation member of Bay View. She became a lease holding member in 1985 and the mother of three grown children. Spending her childhood summers in Bay View, Alison has attended the Boys' and Girls' Club from Tot Lot through LlT.  Alison has served on the Long Range Planning committee since 2003 and has been the chair of that committee in 2009, 2015 and 2016. She has also served on the Recreation committee, is a member of Morning Council and has volunteered in many capacities in Bay View. When her children were young, she taught Sunday School in Bay view for many years as well as various classes in the Education Department since 2002.

Alison's work experience include Earle Palmer Brown Companies for marketing & advertising. Notable accounts are NPR, Maryland Tourism, Head Tennis, Roy Rogers Restaurants and the Baltimore Sun. Alison has also worked with the  Edgewood Management Corp (EMC) in administration of property & casualty insurance. EMC is a regional real estate management and development firm.

Alison holds a BA from Georgetown University, Government, track scholarship; a  CMA, University of Maryland & LIMS and an MS, Maryland University of lntegrative Health.

Bishop David Bard

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Bishop David Alan Bard is the presiding bishop of the Michigan Area.  Prior to arriving in Michigan in September 2016, Bishop Bard was serving at First United Methodist Church in Duluth, Minnesota since 2005.  He was elected to the episcopacy on July 13, 2016 at the North Central Jurisdictional Conference held in Peoria, IL. He has been in ministry for more than 30 years and served in many roles within both the Minnesota Annual Conference and the General Church.

Bard was a General and Jurisdictional Conference delegate in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. He was an episcopal nominee in both 2004 and 2008.

Within the Minnesota Conference, Bard was chair of the Episcopacy Committee and the Higher Education Ministry Team, and he served on the Board of Ordained Ministry and the Congregational Response Team. He was also the conference parliamentarian. He was a district superintendent from 1998 to 2005 and spent three years on the Commission on Religion and Race.

Within the General Church, Bard serves on the Study on Ministry Commission, the Committee on Faith and Order, and the North Central Jurisdiction Committee on Episcopacy. He has also previously served on the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, the Commission on General Conference, and the Commission on Theological Education.

Bishop Bard received a BA from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1981; his Master of Divinity was earned at United Theological Seminary, Twin Cities 1984; and in 1994 he received a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University with a focus on Christian ethics

Bard has a wife, Julie, and three adult children. In his free time, he enjoys music, reading, baseball, and walking outside.