Board of Directors

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  • Patrick Reay


    Pat Reay was drawn to ISEA in 2014 after moving to Suttons Bay and learning about the unique and inspiring educational programs the organization was making available to students throughout the state. As a member of the ISEA Board of Directors Pat  also sits on the  ISEA Fund Development Committee working to ensure the resources are in place for future students and program development. Additionally, Pat represents ISEA’s interests on the Traverse City Rotary Camps and Services Discovery Center/Coal Dock transformation project.

    A native of Traverse City, Pat is graduate of NMC and Northern Michigan University. After earning his Bachelors in Business Pat spent 37 years in the technology and telecom industry, working and living throughout the Midwest and retiring after 29 years with ATT. During his career Pat also served as a Trustee on the Michigan Independent Colleges and Universities board. With 2 sons, Michael in San Diego and Scott in Denver, Pat and his wife Terry live in Suttons Bay TWP.

  • Bill Chaney

    Vice President

    In 2014, Bill started as a volunteer in the Boat Shop working with students on boat building projects and he helped with the Great Lakes Celebration event. He became a board member in August 2015. He volunteers at Inland Seas Education Association because its missions attracted him, especially environmental stewardship and education. Bill is a retired U.S. Coast Guard officer and attorney who served in various legal and operational assignments during his career. His practice areas included maritime, environmental, homeland security and criminal law. Bill spent his youth growing up in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and New York City. In his free time, Bill enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his family.

  • Mary Krantz


    Mary Krantz has been a partner at Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth since 1998, after joining the firm in 1986.  She provides audit, tax and operational solutions for professional offices, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, hospitality, government and nonprofit organizations, with additional expertise working with villages and townships.  Mary is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Michigan Association of CPAs, National Society of Certified Healthcare Business Consultants and Michigan Government Finance Officers Association.  Mary’s community service includes membership in Zonta Club of Traverse City and Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club; serves as treasurer for Traverse City Little League and Inland Seas Education Association.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and earned designation as a Certified Healthcare Business Consultant. 

  • Sally Somsel


    In 1991, Sally Somsel responded to an ad in the local paper asking for ISEA volunteer instructors. With a Bachelor of Science in biology, geology, and conservation of natural resources, Sally thought that this was a perfect avenue for her. Sally is now our Board Secretary and sits on our Education, Events, Human Resources, Marketing, and Fundraising Committees.

    For Sally, the mission of Inland Seas fits perfectly with her personal life. She loves to travel, collect rocks and fossils, and is an active member of environmental groups in our northern Michigan area.

  • Pat Curtin


    As a former hockey and soccer coach and a Boy Scout volunteer, Pat Curtin has always enjoyed working with young people. Upon his retirement in 2012, he looked for an organization that would allow him to continue to work with youth as well as make a difference in protecting the environment in Northern Michigan. In 2014, Pat became a volunteer instructor for the Inland Seas Education Association. He loves the interaction with students as they learn about the wonders of the Great Lakes and how important it is to protect this incredible resource. In 2017, Pat joined the ISEA Board of Directors and is also on the Fund Development Committee.

    Pat was born and raised in Detroit and has lived in Traverse City for over 40 years. He graduated from Western Michigan University with a BBA degree and was a CPA in public practice in Grand Rapids and Traverse City for 38 years. After his retirement as a CPA, he became an adjunct professor in accounting at NMC for 2 years. Pat is married to Maggie and they have 3 adult children and 4 grandkids. He enjoys boating, golf, snowshoeing, traveling, reading and most of all, his grandkids.

  • Fred Keeslar


    Fred (AKA Fritz) Keeslar, has been a Leelanau County resident since 1994, and he first learned of Inland Seas at a Fresh Water Studies conference at Northwest Michigan College. After retirement, he became a volunteer for ISEA in 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Ferris State University an a Master of Science in Public Health – Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has publications on the measurement of free chlorine residuals in water, hazardous chemical cleanup in a residential area, and the toxic effects of a tire fire. He worked for a consulting engineering firm in Grand Rapids where he oversaw the environmental laboratory for chemical and biological analysis if water and wastewater. He worked in public health/environmental health for county health departments in Monroe, Lenawee, and Grand Traverse Counties. He also taught Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Sienna Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and he worked for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

    He and his wife Susan have three adult sons in Portland Oregon, New York City, and Kalamazoo Michigan. He also has three grandchildren. He enjoys photography and kayaking that he combines for photography of reptiles and amphibians for the Michigan Herp Atlas.

  • Harold Lassers


    Harold Lassers is an engineer retired from paid work. He now enjoys teaching, developing student experiences, and exploring new ways to learn.  In addition to Inland Seas he devotes his time to environmental and political organizations.  Harold came up from the Chicago area to enjoy paddling, cycling, x-c skiing, snowshoeing and more.

    Previously, Harold worked in the CTO offices of Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and Cisco Systems working on next generation architectures for wireless communications.  He ran a technical center supporting GSM Mobile networks in SE Asia based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Lucent Technologies.   While at Bell Labs he developed and gave courses in telecommunications.

    Harold has a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and an MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University, Evanston.

  • Nancy Powers


    Nancy Powers started at ISEA as a volunteer instructor in 2001 when our organization was still young. Upon her retirement from elementary education, Nancy became a board member in 2012. She is the chairperson for our Education Committee and is a member of our Board Nomination Committee. With all of this on her plate, Nancy still volunteers as an instructor on the schooner Inland Seas.

    Nancy’s love for nature extends beyond her participation with Inland Seas. Outside of volunteering, Nancy enjoys birding, tennis, and reading. She also loves spending time with her grandchildren (future ISEA volunteers, we hope!).

  • Tom Wessels


    Tom has been the Science Curriculum Specialist at Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) since 2000, and has been the Director of the Grand Traverse Regional Mathematics and Science Center since 2006.  Prior to that, he spent 18 years as a high school science teacher.  He holds a BS in Science Education and an MS in Environmental Education, both from Michigan State University.  He recently became an ISEA board member in 2015.  Over the years, he has worked with ISEA Education Coordinators and Education Committee on projects such as the Invasive Species Field Course for educators, and the Next Gen and Diving Deeper Schoolship Programs.

    He is married to Janet, and they have lived in Suttons Bay for 28 years, and enjoy hunting, snowshoeing with their dogs, and especially fly fishing.

  • Thom Yocum


    When Thom Yocum heard ISEA Founder Tom Kelly speak at a presentation for the Science Teachers Association Conference, he was inspired. This was in 1989. Thirteen years later, after his retirement to northern Michigan, Thom started volunteering for Inland Seas. Thom is a Lead Instructor, a board member, and holds positions on our Education, Board Nomination, Development, and Events Committees.

    When he isn’t at ISEA, Thom finds time for reading, birding, fishing, and helping the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy (GTRLC).



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