Meet the Board of Directors

Paul Hresko

Paul Hresko

President

Paul was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Psychology. Paul worked sixteen years in Materials Management for the following divisions of General Motors: AC Spark Plug, Delco Electronics and Powertrain. He then relocated permanently to Elk Rapids, Michigan in 2000 where Paul met & married his wife, Patti, who is a Nurse Practitioner & critical care nurse in the intensive care unit at Munson Hospital. They have two amazing children!
Paul developed, owns and operates commercial real estate holdings including weekly vacation rental properties.

Paul is active in the community. He is a member of the Elk Rapids Merchant Association, a member of the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce and a Eucharistic Minister for Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Paul holds positions on the following Boards:
Executive Board Member for Networks Northwest
Member of the Family Advisory Council for Munson Hospital
Served 10 years as Treasurer for the Traverse City Area Human Resource Association

Paul enjoys his personal time landscaping, boating, networking and most of all spending time with family...... preferably at the beach!

Personal Mission - To utilize my God given gifts and talents to help bridge the personal, physical, financial, and spiritual gaps between "What is" and "What can be." To ultimately kneel before my Lord and Savior and hear him say..... "Well done."

LaShelle VanHouten

LaShelle VanHouten

Vice President

LaShelle VanHouten was born and raised in Kalkaska, Michigan. She is married to Kenneth VanHouten, is the mother of two children, Kaleigh and Ty and the grandmother to Ellianna, Matthew and Karter. The two dreams that she had during her childhood were that her life would involve the arts and that she would make a difference in the lives of other people.

LaShelle studied art at Northwestern Michigan College and has been working as a freelance artist and muralist for over twenty-five years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Life Education and a Master of Arts degree in education.

LaShelle has worked as an art teacher for Kalkaska Public Schools for fifteen years and retired in 2015. Eight of those years were spent using the arts to touch the lives of at-risk adolescents. During that time LaShelle and her students took on several mural projects for the community. Some of the projects included painting two large murals for The National Trout Festival, which are used as a backdrop for the grandstand. They also painted a mural, which measured 45’ wide by 12’ tall, of Mackinaw Island’s Grand Hotel for Fitch’s School of Dance.

The day LaShelle was introduced to Ed Lantzer was a life changing moment. She began taking her students that were considered “troubled” to Mr. Ed’s workshop for two hours a day. This lasted for two years. During those two years everyone had the opportunity to learn from a true artist. Mr. Ed not only taught LaShelle and her students about art, but also about life. LaShelle considers this a changing point in her life. She decided to engage in this project to help her students, but came away from it as a more mature person and artist. Mr. Ed’s gift as a mentor and friend will be something she will always treasure.

After spending four years documenting Ed Lantzer’s life, LaShelle wrote the book The Mural Writer. It is a moving memoir about Ed and his journey.

LaShelle has walked the path towards her childhood dreams, and with God’s help, she will continue.

Dale Hull

Dale Hull

Chairman

Before moving to northern Michigan in the year 2000, Dale Hull served as the Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Ballet. He has a great deal of interest and experience in the fields of education, the performing arts, and non-profit administration.

In December of 2004, Dale completed a second Master‘s degree at Central Michigan University, earning an MA in Humanities. His first Master’s degree is in Public Administration, granted by Grand Valley State University in 1996. Dale also holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a permanent teaching certificate with the State of Michigan.

In 1981, while serving as a high school teacher of English during the academic year, Dale accepted the summer-time position of General Manager of Community Circle Theatre in Grand Rapids. He was the first to hold that position and managed Circle Theatre through the 1983 season.

Dale left public education in 1984 and worked as a freelance talent on stage, on the air, and in front of the camera, concentrating on industrial films and commercials for the next seven years. He also enjoyed acting in community theatres around West Michigan and serving as the host of Guest Conductor, a radio show on WFGR, the only commercial classical radio station in the State of Michigan.

In 1991, after having served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, he accepted the position of Fund Development Director there. He was the first to hold that position.

In January of 2000, Dale and his wife, Ruth Ann moved to Petoskey where Dale served as the Executive Director of the Crooked Tree Arts Center. The Arts Center has grown to Anchor Organization status in the State of Michigan, and now serves as the umbrella arts organization for a host of non-profit arts organizations in northern Michigan. Within five years Crooked Tree tripled its membership, doubled its operational budget, and doubled its endowment fund to the current $4 million level.

Hull retired from Crooked Tree Arts Center in 2006, and accepted the challenge of part-time Executive Director for the newly formed Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, one of the fastest growing arts organizations in northern Michigan. In June of 2008, Dale retired from that position, earned certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and now offers his services as a consultant in capacity building, planning, and fund-raising for a variety of non-profit agencies.

Lon Husbands

Lon Husbands

Board Member

Lon was born in Detroit, and grew up in Kalkaska County. He has been married to Sandra Husbands for 36 years and has three daughters Sarah, Jennifer and Erin Husbands.

Lon is president and owner of Kalkaska Float Equipment Inc., an environmental services corporation started in 1984, and has been in the environmental and oilfield business for over 32 years.

Lon is also the general manager for Great Lakes Carbon Treatment Inc. an Eveready Company that builds and designs various types of industrial and environmental treatment systems and filtration units.

Lon has been very active in the community and has served on several boards including:

Down Town Development Authority

Kalkaska County Housing Authority

Kalkaska County Chamber of Commerce

Kalkaska School Board member

Lon currently holds positions on the following boards:

My Fathers Love

Kalkaska Village Council

Village of Kalkaska Finance Committee

Village of Kalkaska Streets Committee

Chair of the Village of Kalkaska Personnel Committee

Lon’s formal education consists of the following:
Kalkaska High School - Kalkaska, Michigan

Phoenix Institute of Technology

NMC College - Traverse City, Michigan

In addition, a number of environmental, state, and governmental courses.

Lon enjoys landscaping and camping.

Harold "Woody" Woodruff

Harold "Woody" Woodruff

Trustee

I was born in 1942 in St. Louis Mo. Raised in Lansing Michigan and have lived in Chicago ILL. Kalamazoo Mi. Detroit Mi. and now in Good Hart Mi.

I was married for 42 years now divorced

I have two sons, David and Douglas who is married and has two children.

I am a member of First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Spring, and a member of Petoskey Rotary Club

I have had family in the Petoskey, Harbor Spring area dating back to the 1860’s and I moved to Good Hart in 2004, changing the family cottage into my home.

I am the President and Co-owner of Windjammer Marina and Development Co. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Supervision from Western Michigan University a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University a Associate Degree in Electronic Technology from DeVry Technical Institute

Before purchasing the Windjammer Marina in 1991 I was Chief Engineer at Valves Inc. were we developed and patented air valves. I have worked for MAC Valves in product development engineering, Massey Ferguson in production management and quality control, Ford Motor Transmission Division in production and product development, and Teletype Corp, in quality control test development.

Chelsea Hill

Chelsea Hill

Board Member

Chelsea Hill has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. Her graduate academics focused on the practice of macro social work, where she developed a passion for community practice and social action. Over the years, Chelsea has worked with delinquent youth, women and children experiencing homelessness, adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities, and the aging population. Currently, Chelsea is a Foster Care Adoption Specialist with Bethany Christian Services in Traverse City, Michigan.

She has devoted her life to serving vulnerable populations and is excited to see where God will continue to use this passion. Chelsea loves spending her free time with her husband, Lance, enjoying the beauty of Northern Michigan. Lance and Chelsea can often be found skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, camping, or hiking with their dog Barley.

Allyson Cayce

Allyson Cayce

Board Member

Allyson was born in upstate NY and moved to the Chicagoland area after college. She and her husband, Doug, married in 1995 and have three children: Drew, Molly and Maggie. Allyson is a stay at home mom and active in various service oriented work. She and her husband founded Hip Hop Helpers in 2005. It is an annual "dance party" for children where they raise money and/or materials for children in need. That need may be financial, physical, emotional or spiritual. Allyson has volunteered as a religious education teacher for eight years at her parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Libertyville, IL.

Allyson met Lashelle VanHouten, author of the Mural Writer, on an airplane ride in late March 2015. Little did she know that the two wooden diamond pieces LaShelle gave her that day would change her life forever. Allyson travelled to MI in June 2015 to find out that the Murals were "homeless". Thereafter, she arranged for a new home in Libertyville at what became known as the Foulds Gallery in Dec 2015-June 2016. She was invited to be on the Board during that time in an effort to continue serving Ed’s wishes for his beloved Murals.

Allyson believes that Everyone has a Story. We all have gifts and talents. (Sometimes we just don‘t realize them!) Knowing our Father’s Love is an extraordinary joy and it is with humble gratitude that she serves on this Board.

Ed Lantzer

Ed Lantzer

Emeritus

When Ed was young, scarlet fever severely affected part of his brain and even today he can read but cannot write. Instead, he has developed another part of his brain that most people do not use – the part that uses symbolism and numbers.

His father taught him marquetry – the craft of covering a wood base with small pieces of wood to form patterns or pictures. He also learned the carpentry trade which he used in the Kalkaska area to build houses until he divorced.

He found employment in Orlando, and it was during this time that he became awakened to the call from God to create the panels.

He sees the completed panels in his mind before the work is even begun, and he never sketches the panels – the biblical scenes are pre-assembled only in his brain.

He is now back in Kalkaska and takes most of his meals at Big Boy. He works on the panels in the old Craft House warehouse, until a more permanent home can be found for them. The panels are not for sale - Lantzer’s wish is that somehow his work may benefit unloved children whether it be spiritually, financially or artistically.