Board of Trustees

President Nick Trahair is the General Manager of the AmericInn of Traverse City with more than 15 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry. As a General Manger he has experience in management, marketing, and the hospitality industry in our region. Nick is focused on developing ways to better promote the Museum to the many families who visit our community.

Vice President Matthew Missias has a BA, MA, and PhD from Michigan State University, with his PhD in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy. He currently works as an education policy consultant. Matt’s background as an educator, along his with critical thinking skills, assists the Museum with educational theory, policy development, and solid strategic planning.

Treasurer Marissa Milliron has an MBA from Davenport University and is a CPA at Dennis Gartland & Niergarth with experience in organizational audits and tax preparation. She brings a keen eye and financial acumen to planning and reviewing the Museum’s financial position. Marissa is deeply committed to helping make our community better for all children.

Secretary Erica Mohr was born and raised in Traverse City and is a graduate of Western Michigan University. Erica is a sales professional with a global healthcare corporation. Her energy, creativity, and enthusiasm are all valuable contributions to the Museum, as is her commitment to use her networking skills for creative fundraising and team building.

Past President Ellen Fred is a Traverse City native and an attorney whose solo practice is focused on land conservation law. She co-founded and co-directed the Humboldt Watershed Council in California, where she acquired skills and practical experience in nonprofit governance. Her legal and nonprofit experience and her enthusiastic style bring creativity, practicality, and energy to the Board.

Kate Flewelling is an attorney with Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge who practices in the areas of business and corporate law, construction law and real estate, and health law. She has been recognized for her service to pro-bono clients. Kate thinks that it is especially important for parents with fewer resources to have a healthy, safe learning environment for their children.

Sara Kime is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BA in Anthropology, and is a former museum and nonprofit professional, specializing in volunteer management and educational programs. As a former Americorps National Civilian Community Corps member, she is passionate about children’s issues and making a difference in her community.

Kelly Mitchell majored in Community Parks and Recreation at CMU, focused in program development, with a minor in Public Affairs and Political Science. She and her husband own and manage 1250 acres of cherry orchards. Kelly’s recreation background, along with her agricultural business experience, brings unique and valuable assets to the Museum.

Ann Neuenschwander was the Director of Development at the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum for more than ten years, where her portfolio included annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, special events, and grant writing. The Museum benefits from her ability to develop fundraising efforts to complement an organization’s needs as identified through its strategic plan.

Cecily Sanford is an AMI-certified Montessori guide with many years’ experience. She is committed to addressing environmental concerns and to advocating for education, encouraging children to explore the world in ways that excite and inspire a deep appreciation for life. Cecily brings to the Museum a broad perspective on the wide variety of learning experiences that different children need.

Dan Smith is a Co-founder and the Business Development Director at Flight Path Creative, an advertising agency based in Traverse City, where it represents clients from across the country. Dan’s sound business sense, communication skills, and strong marketing abilities are all valuable contributions to the Museum.

Marissa Wege is a Traverse City native, active community member, and committed volunteer who is involved with numerous local organizations supporting activities for education and children. She is skilled in both fundraising and event planning, bringing those indispensable skills to her role as Trustee. Marissa is dedicated to bringing new ideas for the growth and development of the Museum.

Rachel White has a degree in Child Development and has worked with agencies and nonprofits whose missions are to improve the lives of children, especially those who have been abused or neglected. The Museum benefits from her understanding of children’s issues and early childhood development, and from her desire to devote her energies to doing good in the community.