Michelle grew up in Mt. Horeb, WI and always enjoyed being outdoors, whether at her grandparent’s farms or at the family cottage outside of Hayward, WI. Although most folks expected Michelle to go into music, the woods and water were her calling in life. Michelle attended college at UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison where she graduated with a BS in Resource Management, specializing in Outdoor Area Management.
After graduation Michelle was hired as a crew leader for the Wisconsin Conservation Corp, where she worked out of Ellsworth, WI. In 1988 she landed her dream job as a State Park Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She was permanently stationed at Newport State Park in late 1989 and also took over day-to-day management and operations of Rock Island State Park in 2016. Michelle was instrumental in getting Newport State Park designated as the first internationally recognized dark sky park in Wisconsin and only the second in the Midwest.
Michelle has a great appreciation and dedication to educating individuals of all ages about our natural resources and their importance to future generations.
Mark was raised in on a farm near Livingston in southwest Wisconsin. He attended UW-Madison where he obtained a BBA in accounting and management, and later his law degree. After law school, Mark and his wife Ann, a Sturgeon Bay native, moved to Door County where Mark hung out his attorney shingle in Sturgeon Bay. While at Pinkert Law Firm, Mark focused on profit and nonprofit organizations; estate, succession and trust planning for businesses and individuals; tax law and real estate. Mark was also licensed as a CPA and real estate title insurance agent.
Mark serves his community by being involved, especially through his service on nonprofit boards. Currently Mark sits as a public member on two state professional examining boards, the city of Sturgeon Bay ethics committee and two boards/committees at Hope United Church of Christ. Mark has also served on the boards of the Door County Community Foundation, Birch Creek, Lakeshore CAP, Help of Door County and the Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay.
Mark now seeks to bring his experience to The Ridges Sanctuary
Grace was born and raised in Door County. Her parents were the editors and owners of the Door Reminder, a shopper newspaper. She, with her twin brother Gerry, explored every beach and woods in and near Ellison Bay as kids. Grace studied journalism at Drake University in Des Moines where she met her husband and created three restaurants, a bakery, and catering service. The Rossman’s have lived next to the Mud Lake Wildlife Refuge near Baileys Harbor for decades. Her three daughters are Gibraltar graduates.
Grace was a Certified Financial Planner for 29 years, representing Thrivent Financial in Sturgeon Bay. She has, or is currently, serving on a number of boards, including the United Way, Sunshine House, Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran, the Sturgeon Bay Noon Rotary, the Door Community Auditorium and the Door County Community Foundation. She cares very deeply about creating a strong community in which everyone can thrive, and looks forward to serving the Ridges. Grace was appointed to the board in 2020 to complete the term of a resigning director.
By-Laws Changes Proposal
Members will be asked to approve a number of By-Laws changes and updates (last amended in 2017). Many changes were simple grammatical changes; some were more involved. All proposed changes were carefully drafted by a Board Committee, compared to State Statutes, and reviewed by corporate counsel. The full text of the proposed revisions can be viewed below. There are two copies of the document. One copy marks the proposed changes in red font and the second is a final version of the document. Members are asked to review these proposed changes carefully before casting their vote.
Following is a reference to the by-law changes proposed by the Board of Directors. Both versions below are the same, one includes a mark up of the edits for easy tracking.
Minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting
During the Annual Meeting you will be asked to approve the minutes from the 2020 Ridges Sanctuary Annual Meeting. Attached are the 2020 Annual Meeting Minutes as taken by Lauri Smith and finalized by Sandy Miller.
As members of the Ridges Sanctuary, you have the important job of helping us serve our mission by voting on important organizational decisions such as electing our Board of Directors and approving by-law changes.. If you are unable to attend the annual meeting, you may still cast your vote via absentee ballot. Please complete the attached absentee ballot via Online Ballot Submission or by mailing in the linked paper form for the 2021 Election and By-Law Update.