Board of Trustees

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.

Executive Vice President 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.

Vice President Cecily Sanford, mother of three sons, holds her BA from the University of Toronto and completed post graduate studies in Cleveland, Ohio.  Cecily is an AMI-certified Montessori guide with many years’ experience who is committed to advocating for education and encouraging children to explore the world in ways that inspire a deep appreciation for life. She is equally committed to addressing environmental concerns. She brings an educated and broad perspective that helps to guide the authentic experiences at the Museum.

Treasurer Marissa Milliron has a Master of Business Administration in Accounting from Davenport University and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management from Lake Superior State University.  She is currently the Director of Finance and Administrative Services for Grand Traverse County Health Department. Marissa greatly enjoys watching her daughter play at the Museum which motivates her to use her financial acumen and passion to positively improve the Museum and our surrounding community.

Secretary Erica Mohr was born and raised in Traverse City and is a graduate of Western Michigan University. Erica has been a Pharmaceutical Sales Professional for 14 years.  After a career change, she is now pursuing a career at the cutting edge in health care support. 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.

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.

Teri Gorsline is the founder/publisher and editor of the popular local lifestyle publication Baylife North Magazine, based in Traverse City. Her strengths are marketing, communications and sales. Her connection with Baylife North gives her the opportunity to enjoy flourishing relationships with readers, business owners and organizations.  Teri has a “can-do” attitude, creativity, energy and passion. She believes wholeheartedly that raising children in the Great Lakes area is the best place on earth.

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.

Kristy Kurjan is the author of Nap-a-Roo, a children’s board book. Based out of Traverse City, Michigan she is a writer, stylist, and creative entrepreneur. Mother to identical twin boys, the fun never stops! She is excited to be a part of the Great Lakes Children’s Museum Board of Trustees.

Genevieve Minor has 15 years of teaching experience and currently works at Traverse City West Senior High as the Media Specialist. She earned a Bachelor’s degree is in Speech Communication from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Teaching and Curriculum Design. She is married and has two boys.

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 all fund-raising and development aspects. The Museum benefits from her ability to develop fundraising efforts to complement an organization’s needs as identified through its strategic plan.

Beth Schmitt relocated from the Detroit area to Traverse City in 2010 and continues to work remotely as a Marketing Manager for Entertainment. She brings sales, marketing, and business development expertise and also the enthusiasm for community service. After having two children of her own, she has developed a passion for child development and learning. She wants to help children become life-long learners and to find joy in discovering new things!

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. Marissa received her BA in English Language and Literature from Kingston University London.  She brings fundraising and event planning skills to her role as Trustee.  Marissa is dedicated to bringing new ideas for the Museum’s growth and development.

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.