Fox Island Lighthouse Association

photo: Dusty Klifman/Blueyes Below June 2020 (used with permission)

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association (FILA) was formed in 2004 as a non-profit, 501c(3) with the intent to stabilize, restore and preserve the structures on the island and to promote scientific, educational, and charitable purposes.

Our mission also includes broader activities related to historic preservation, cultural promotion and preservation, environmental education, natural resources conservation, and scientific research in and around the Great Lakes.

The Fox Island Lighthouse Association seeks active participation in all these efforts from people of all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles.

We are dedicated to preserve and protect the historic South Fox Island Light Station and its natural environment by encouraging community involvement.

John McKinney

John McKinney, Past President

Traverse City, MI

Former Sea Grant Agent with the Michigan State University, co-founder of the Grand Traverse Bay Watershed Initiative (now Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay) and the Maritime Heritage Alliance; expert in just about anything concerning Great Lakes ecology.

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Catherine Allchin

Catherine F. Allchin, Vice President

Suttons Bay, MI

Active with South Fox Light Station since 2000. Yacht broker, member of Maritime Heritage Alliance, Traverse Area Community Sailing (board member for 6 yrs), Recipient of Robert Allor award 2002, Working Mother of the Year 2000. UWGB BA in marketing and graphic design.

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Linda Boyer Posler

Linda Boyer Posler, President

Long Lake Township, MI

PhD in instructional design, wordsmith, and sailing fanatic. Secretary of FILA Board since 2020; active in historic preservation as Program Chair, Maritime Heritage Alliance (Traverse City, MI) and former board member, Nahant Historical Society (Nahant, MA). Lifetime sailor, currently challenging the Great Lakes.

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Kathy Sanders -Treasurer

Long Lake Township, MI

MS in Environmental Education and Library Media and Technology. 22 years in the education field, actively involved in many local, state, and national education and social service organizations, serving as a board member for several; enjoys travel, sailing, gardening, boating and exploring the histories of people and places.

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Shawn Denton

Shawn Denton

Maple City, MI

Technology, marketing, and travel industry professional. M.S. in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Resources. Studied Great Lakes shoreline erosion for Michigan DNR, helped establish Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve. Board member Sleeping Bear Gateways Council. Lifelong builder.

Jim Greenwell

Osceola, IN

Outdoorsperson and carpenter who is passionate about using his skills to make things better.