Newsmakers: People On The Move


Lee Biladeau, Coast Guard aviation maintenance technician 2nd class at Air Station Traverse City, was recently named the Navy Times’ Coast Guardsman of the Year for 2015 for his exceptional work as an MH-65 helicopter flight mechanic, as well as his off-duty volunteer work.

Lauren Harris of Priority Health has been appointed as chair of the Traverse City Young Professionals for 2016. In this role, she leads the program committee and serves as the YP representative on the Traverse City Area Chamber board of directors.

Lieutenant John Walters of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was reently honored by the Professional Housing Management Association (PHMA) for work advocating for military member housing in northwest Michigan. Walters transformed Air Station Traverse City’s Housing management program and advocated for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rate increases for Department of Defense and Coast Guard members within his “remote/seasonal” Northwest Michigan Military Housing Area.


Erin Deaton has joined Global Marine Insurance in Traverse City as a commercial marine specialist. She specializes in insurance for marinas and charter, rental and bareboat charter fleets. She brings extensive knowledge of the marine insurance business to her new role, working in both personal and commercial marine insurance, ranging from small pleasure personal watercraft to offshore oil rigs.

John Klingelsmith has joined mBank in Traverse City as a mortgage loan officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry to his new position.

Robert Manville, a certified public accountant with Manville & Schell in Traverse City, recently co-led a seminar with TruNorth Financial Advisors on end-of-year strategies to lower tax burdens.

Liz Sieloff has been promoted to account executive of Global Marine Insurance’s Global Private Risk division. She offers concierge service and exclusive insurance coverage options for personalized wealth protection for home, automobile, valuables, and marine investments.


Deborah Barry-Allen has been appointed executive director of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation in Traverse City. This newly-created position is responsible for planning and executing the organization’s development and fundraising operations for future business opportunities, including development of the PACE Center. Over the past 15 years, she has focused in health care philanthropy by working with health systems in Michigan, Pennsylvania and New Jersey to enhance their development programs.

Jennifer Hutchinson has been named marketing communications and community outreach director for the Grand Traverse Pavilions in Traverse City. She brings 30 years of experience developing marketing, business and engagement strategies for businesses, nonprofit organizations and communities to the role.

Rachel B. Newman, M.D., has joined the staff of Munson Medical Center as a board-certified specialist in pediatrics. She practices at Kids Creek Children’s Clinic in Traverse City.


Crystal Gober, a realtor in Traverse City for nearly two years, has joined Team Dakoske at REMAX Bayshore Properties. She works out of the Union Street office.

Renae Hansen of Century 21 Northland in Traverse City has been named to the board of directors as secretary for Bras for a Cause for 2016. The annual fundraising event, presented by the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR), supports Munson Healthcare Mammography. Hansen has been a member of the WCR for five years and an active volunteer for Bras for a Cause.

Teri Miceli Bowen has joined REMAX Bayshore Properties in Traverse City. A TC native with 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, she is a realtor and associate broker and previously held top national producer status with REMAX in Atlanta, Ga.


Debbie Russell has joined Neuco Seating as a sales consultant, working out of the commercial showroom in Grawn. She brings a background in marketing and sales. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and is currently enrolled in the Interior Design Program at the New York Institute of Art & Design.

Jennifer Bovee has joined Traverse City’s West Bay Beach Resort, a Holiday Inn Resort, as sales manager. She began her hospitality career with Great Wolf Resorts in 2007. Over the course of eight years, she held many positions, including sales manager, before moving on to manage an exclusive resort and wedding venue in northern Michigan.

Charles R. Ellibee, IV has been named vice president of Ellibee Irrigation in Traverse City. He assists in the day-to-day operations of the family-owned and operated company.

Meaghan Jameson has been promoted to the business development team at Active Marketing, a Traverse City-based, full-service marketing agency. She joined the company in 2015 as account manager.

Chris Kushman has joined TART Trails in Traverse City as the new planning and management Director. He is responsible for the development and management of trail planning, local partnerships and maintenance efforts at TART. His work experience includes more than 15 years of environmental planning and resource management throughout Michigan.

Kate Lewis is the new marketing and event coordinator for TART Trails in Traverse City. She previously served for two years as an Americorps VISTA member, one of those years with TART Trails. Her responsibilities include managing all digital content and coordinating special events.

Kelly Yaroch-Dunham is the new executive director of the Bay Area Transportation Authority (BATA). She has been with BATA for more than six years and previously served as its director of operations and human resources.

Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City announced the following news:

Rick Harkert recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Chris Jonkhoff-Hater recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

Dan Jonkhoff recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. He is also a lifetime member of the academy.

Lindsey (Jonkhoff) Rogers recently qualified for recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.