PETOSKEY, Michigan – Bay View Association proudly announces the appointment of Megan Cappel DeWindt as its new Executive Director. DeWindt, with her years of experience and passion for non-profit arts, brings a wealth of knowledge to lead Bay View through its 150th year and beyond.

Megan Cappel DeWindt Named as Next Executive Director of Bay View Association

“Megan collaborated with arts organizations including Bay View during her tenure as President of Crooked Tree Arts Center, and she is a fifth-generation Bay Viewer as well. She is a perfect fit in skills and culture to be our Executive Director,” Bay View President Robin Caldwell says.

“Bay View has a storied history, but I see an exciting future. Bay View’s mission of providing opportunities for individuals and families to reach their full potential intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically is more relevant today than ever before,” says DeWindt.

DeWindt will replace retiring Executive Director Barbara Pfeil. DeWindt will begin the transition and make the role her own while Pfeil will offer support through the changeover and complete special projects until her contract expires.

Pfeil began her Bay View career in 2016 as Finance Director. She was promoted as Bay View’s first woman Executive Director on December 1, 2021, and has worked to create a cohesive team and improve the campus in preparation for the 150th Jubilee in 2025. Pfiel is looking forward to leisure time and spending time with her family and her dogs.

Bay View began in 1875 as a Methodist Camp meeting and quickly evolved to offer today’s Chautauqua program offerings including education, performing arts, recreation, and worship. Programs are open to the public and many are free of charge. As an independent public charity, Bay View strives to be a place where people of all ages can explore new ideas and enjoy experiences that help them grow into the best
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