Governing Board of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum 

The Tri-Cities Museum’s governing board consists of twelve volunteers drawn from the communities we serve. We make an effort to ensure that at least one member is from each of the areas from which we draw the millage. Recruits to the board represent a cross section of the Tri-Cities, and include people from financial backgrounds, lawyers, business owners, teachers and education administrators, and area residents with a strong interest in the museum and the area’s history.

The Executive Committee 2018:

  • Marsha Peterson, President - Retired School Administrator
  • Dave Garland, Vice President - Huntington Bank of Grand Haven
  • Duane Leet, Secretary - Owner, E'leet Appraisals and Estate
  • Jennifer Crouse, Treasurer - Financial Adviser, Stifel, Inc.

Additional Board Members 2018:

  • Gay Cole - Retired Educator
  • Ann White- Retired School Administrator
  • Frank Kennedy- Retired Dake Corp.
  • Cathy Feyt - Retired Educator
  • Edward Grafton - Lawyer
  • Rebecca Hopp - Mayor of Ferrysburg
  • Gail Krug - Retired Art Educator
  • Patty Redeker - JSJ Corporation

The Board ensures proper physical and fiscal management of the museum’s resources, engages in strategic planning and the setting of long term goals for the institution, engages in fundraising to support the museum’s mission, and oversees the Director.

There are standing board committees that oversee individual aspects of the museum’s functioning. All board members are asked to sit on at least two committees. The Director and Board President attend all committee meeting as their schedule allows.

The committees consist of the aforementioned Executive Committee, the Leadership and Organizational Development Committee, which oversees policy and procedure adherence to further the institution’s mission.

Also included are the Fundraising Committee, which investigates grants, bequests and other alternative sources of revenue to supplement initiatives undertaken by the museum; the Donations Review Committee, in charge of decisions relating to the collection, and the Finance Committee, members of whom oversees fiscal policies and creates and manages the budget.

Last, is the Membership Committee, responsible for the recruitment and retainment of our membership, and the Facilities Management Committee, who oversees the maintenance and improvements to the museum’s physical plant.

In addition to membership on one of the previously mentioned committees, board members attend a monthly meeting of the full board, with is held on the second Monday of each month in the Akeley Building’s lower level Education room at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome to attend.

If you have an interest in being on the Museum Board, or if you have a comment or question for the board, please direct all correspondence to Julie Bunke, Museum Director, at

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