Community Advisory Council

Interlochen Public Radio on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts

Advisory boards are required of most public broadcasting stations, to help stations serve their community effectively.  Members of the IPR Community Advisory Council are appointed by the IPR Executive Director. Members of the Advisory Council may serve two two-year terms.

Guiding Principles

The IPR Community Advisory Council purpose is to engage members of the community in carrying out the station’s mission:

Interlochen’s radio stations enrich ever-growing communities of listeners through excellent music and news program services.

Council members generously volunteer their time and effort to help the station. Members share a strong interest in, and affection for, public radio in general and Interlochen Public Radio, and its role in today’s media landscape.

The Council meets at least three times per year and is composed of individuals who are representative of the diverse needs and interests of the station's listening base. 

The Council's primary functions include:

  • Assisting station staff in seeking and maintaining strong relationships with community partners.
  • Advise station staff of more effective ways to serve the community as a public radio service.
  • Review station programming.
  • Participating in and serving as advisors in strategic planning.
  • Working actively as ambassadors for the station in the community by being well informed on IPR's mission, programming, strengths and challenges.

The role of the Council is purely advisory. Fiduciary responsibility and governance of IPR rests ultimately with the Interlochen Center for the Arts Board of Trustees.

Meetings of the IPR Community Advisory Council are open to the public. Meetings are announced on the air and on the station’s website. Records of meetings are also posted on the IPR website. Certain meetings or portions of meetings may be closed in order to address confidential information or proprietary matters.

IPR Community Advisory Council Members (2019):

Marcia Curran of Frankfort. Marcia Curran has worked as a staff member in the U.S. House and Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the State Department, and served for twelve years on the board of the local land conservancy. Her second term on the Council expires in January of 2021.

Stephie Luyt of Traverse City. A former middle and high school English teacher, Stephie is currently the elementary teacher librarian for Traverse City Area Public Schools.  She works to increase information and digital literacy across the district. Her second term on the council expires in November of 2021.

Sarah Helge of Manistee. Sarah Helge is a retired English, French, and Choir teacher. She is currently on the board of directors (president) at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee, where she's lived with her husband and two children for the last twenty years. Both children are camp alumni, so Interlochen is dear to our hearts. Her second term on the Council expires in November of 2021.

John Martin McDonald of Frankfort.  John McDonald is the founder of Caeli Communications, a strategic communications consultancy specializing in crisis management and communications leadership. His second term on the Council expires in July of 2021.

Isaiah Wunsch of Traverse City.  Isaiah Wunsch is a cherry and apple farmer and agribusiness consultant from Traverse City, as well as a Peninsula Township trustee.  He spent his early career working in policy and economic development in Lansing.  His first term on the Council expires in November of 2019.

Pam Horne of Interlochen.  Pam is an independent higher education consultant following over 40 years of full-time service to a number of institutions, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.  She retired from Purdue University as Vice Provost for Enrollment Management.  Both of her daughters attended Interlochen Arts Camp for many years, and now Pam volunteers at ICA and the State/Bijou theatres.  Her first term on the Council expires in June of 2020.

Larry Mawby is a winegrower on the Leelanau Peninsula, a poet, a Buddhist, a drinker of winter & eater of foods. He is a third generation fruit grower and since establishing the second commercial vineyard in this region in 1973 he has been growing grapes and making wines. Since 2000, all wines produced by L.Mawby are sparkling. Larry has served on the board of the Leelanau Conservancy, has been a planning commisioner in Bingham Township, a trustee and president of the Suttons Bay Village Council, and has served on several other civic group committees and board. His first term expires in February of 2021. 

Ron Becker of Glen Arbor began his career as a chemical engineer starting up oil refineries around the world. He then made the move to corporate finance, spending 26 years at Eli Lilly and Company where he did long range planning and financial consulting for the treasury, international operations and manufacturing divisions. Ron became involved at IPR when he and his wife retired to Glen Arbor in 2015. He also enjoys his work with the Glen Arbor Arts Center and the Glen Lake Association. His first term expires in February of 2021. 

Elara Coleman of Traverse City works as a Metalsmith and Jeweler. As the daughter of Cellist Cripsin Campbell, she spent much of her youth around Interlochen Arts Academy. The passion and inspiration that is so central to the Academy inspired her to pursue the arts herself. She graduated from the Academy with a major in Visual Arts and went on to get a BFA in Metals and Enameling from the Cleveland Institute of Art. The wealth of beauty that this area has in its forests and lakes along with its supportive community called her home to start a family and a business. 

Margaret Pierson of Traverse City retired after 37 years as an Elementary music teacher. She continues to follow her passion of sharing music with people of all ages. She is currently on staff with Heart to Heart music, providing singing experiences with residents of various Assisted Living facilities in the Grand Traverse region.

Bill Northway, of Frankfort, is a newly retired orthodontist who has loved being able to improve the bites and smiles of Northen Michigan for the past 45 years.  He continues to publish, lecture and serve on the review committees for numberou orthodontic journals.  Having accomplished his secondary educaiton at a boarding prepartory academy and then come to know many of the Interlochen students as orthodontic patients, he has see firsthand what a Wonderful World Experience is being provided at IAC and wants to participate.  

Beth Fitzsimmons, Ph.D, of Frankfort, founded and operated Information Strategists for 26 years, providing information services to high tech companies and government agencies.  She consulted for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and chaired the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.  She has served as Regent for Eastern Michigan University.  In Frankfort, she serves on the Board of the Oliver Art Center and assists EMU with programming at the Parsons Center for Arts and Sciences in Lake Ann. 

Tom Berg, of Traverse City,  is a retired food industry executive.  Tom  held various management positions in sales, marketing, private label and business development.  He has served on the  boards and councils of Junior Achievement, Private Label Manufacturing Association, Michigan Grocers and Special Olympics of Michigan.  Tom and his wife are active volunteers at Interlochen Center for the Arts.  

Former CAC Members

Peter Bergin of Traverse City

Charles (Charlie) MacInnis of Harbor Springs

Karen Puschel Segal of Traverse City

Tom Quinn of Manistee

Suzy Voltz of Frankfort

Whitney Waara of Traverse City

Robert H. (Bob) Giles of Traverse City

Nancy Giles of Traverse City

Evy Kaplan Sussman of Northport