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’s bio is in the works. Stay tuned to find out more about her!

  • 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.

  • 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!).

  • Barbara Rykwalder


    Barbara J. Rykwalder is the DTE Energy Regional Manager, Northern Michigan, covering 26 counties, including the Upper Peninsula.  Previously, Barbara held the role of Program Manager at DTE Energy, and developed the marketing strategy for DTE’s natural gas business customers throughout the state.

    Barbara earned a juris doctor and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.  In addition, Barbara also holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a master in business. Barbara shares a passion for environmental education, and believes that the mission and vision of Inland Seas will help promote stewardship of the Great Lakes for generations to come.

  • RADM John G. Tanner


    John Tanner’s bio is in the works. Stay tuned to find out more about our Board President!

  • 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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