Meet Our Board Members
Juliana Lisuk works at Inland Seas Education Association as their Volunteer Coordinator. Growing up in Leland, MI, she spent many hours in, on, or around the Great Lakes and is grateful to be able to share their wonders through her work. Juliana received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Denison University and her Master of Science degree in Environmental Behavior, Education, and Communication from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. In addition to FCC's board, she also serves on the Leland Township Parks and Recreation Commission, bringing ten years of non-profit experience to these positions. Outside of work you can find Juliana exploring the outdoors through hiking, canoeing, and growing vegetables.
Kris Mattis grew up in Traverse City while her husband, Eric, grew up in Suttons Bay. Kris is the Probate Register for the Leelanau County Probate Court and also worked as the Deputy Probate Register for Grand Traverse County. Prior to working for the Courts, Kris attended Paralegal school at Pensacola Junior College and worked as a Probate and Family Law Paralegal for approximately 14 years. During those years she was a dedicated Navy wife until her husband retired as a Navy Chief in 2017. They lived mainly in Florida, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Upon her family’s return to Northern Michigan the summer of 2017, they decided that they would build their forever home just outside of the Village. Kris has always been an actively involved parent in their daughter, Sicily’s life and with her friends. Kris loves teaching even if its life skills like baking and is a natural volunteer. She feels that being a positive role model to children and teens can and will make a difference in their lives and in the community. You can often find Kris volunteering her time to bake and decorate cupcakes for different community events or enjoying time in her flower gardens. Kris is also fortunate to be a young breast cancer survivor since 2008 and hopes that she can continue to be an encouragement to others that are facing challenges in life.
Hola, my name is Beatriz Cruz and I have lived in Leelanau County for over 30 years. I moved here with my family in the early 90s from Brownsville, Texas. My husband and I now have a family which includes 3 boys and we reside in Suttons Bay where we have a painting/drywall business.
My love for this county has driven me to serve my community in different capacities. I started my work in the county as a Home Visitor for Parenting Communities aimed to serve our Spanish-speaking families in 2006. I remained in this role until 2013 when I transitioned into the school system. Since then, I have been at Suttons Bay schools as their EL / Migrant Specialist, as well as employed by TBAISD as their Liaison for our migrant population. As a former migrant child who came to this community, I feel it’s important to support the migrant community that gives so much to us in a short period that they are in our area. I will continue to advocate for our community in any way possible to help us all learn, grow and work together.
Brian Beckwith-Brian is a CPA and attorney who has worked in public accounting (both tax & audit), the legal field, and in-house as a chief financial officer. He now runs a consulting firm assisting for- and non-profit businesses with accounting, tax, finance, and legal issues. Brian is a Traverse City native who has lived in northern Michigan his entire life. He and his wife Bridgett have a full house with 2 children, dogs, and 3 cats. He can often be found outside cycling, hiking, or camping.
Beth Sieloff is a Michigan native and 27-year veteran of the United States Air Force. She retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Her last assignment was as the Chief of Aviation Operations for the Air National Guard, in Washington DC where she managed global air operations support programs that included multiple contingency operations and National Science Foundation missions in Greenland and Antarctica. She has also held positions with the National Science Foundation Division of Graduate Education and the Department of Homeland Security National Protection and Programs Directorate.
An expert in the execution and deployment of state and federal programs, Beth also serves as an advocate for underrepresented minority populations. Currently, she serves as a Public Health Education Specialist at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) organization that actively supports the development of programs, and policies to improve the health, economy, and quality of life of Michigan’s Native Americans.
Kate grew up in Holland, Michigan, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan. Her career path has been more of a winding journey rather than a straight line; she has worked as an elementary educator, small business owner, freelance web designer, and is currently a Senior Project Coordinator at Hagerty. She lives within Cedar with her husband, a musical instrument designer, and their three young children.
Ramona, or Mo, was Executive Director at The Friendship Community Center for eight years. Her passion for our community, knowledge, and connection to our mission make her an ideal Board Member.
Darlene is a very involved community member and has served on the board for 20+ years. She served as the secretary of Suttons Bay Public Schools and after retiring she knew she had to keep involved! Darlene serves on the board as our wonderful historical reference guide.