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Board of Directors

Ric Heath, President

Ric is the owner of Heath & Company Hair Salon in New Buffalo. He has served as the chair for the NBBA Harvest & Wine Fest for the past 2 years. Ric joined the NBBA board in 2013 and is currently board president.

Migs Murray, Vice President

Migs and her husband, Kevin, are the owners of Murray Real Estate, real estate appraisers working in the Michigan, Indiana and Illinois area. Migs has been chair of the NBBA Ship and Shore Festival for the last 3 years. Migs currently serves on the Board of the New Buffalo Lions Club. She joined the NBBA board in 2009, and served as president in 2012, Secretary in 2013 & 2014.

Karen Gear, Treasurer

Karen is the Vice President of Residential Banking for The New Buffalo Savings Bank in New Buffalo. Karen and her husband, Bruce, own the Harbor Country Car Wash in New Buffalo and Three Oaks, MI. Karen serves as President of the New Buffalo Arts Council, Vice Chair of the New Buffalo DDA, serves on committees; Finance, Ambassadors, and Harvest Days for the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, along with work with Chikaming Open Lands barn fundraiser event. Karen joined the NBBA board in 2015, taking over the position of Treasurer.

Emma Brewster, Secretary

Emma and her husband, Joe, own David’s Delicatessen & Coffee Shop in downtown New Buffalo. She served on the Harbor Country Chamber “Chocolate Classic” committee for 2014/2015. Emma joined the NBBA board in 2015 and accepted the position of Secretary for the current year.

Cathi Rogers, Executive Director

Cathi Rogers joined the New Buffalo Business Association as the Executive Director in June 2014. She brings a wealth of background to the NBBA including years of marketing, event planning, business & non-profit management along with HR experience in IL, MI and IN. Cathi serves as a board member on The Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce, Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative, and Team New Buffalo along with sitting on several committees, The Heartland Alliance Home & Garden Tour, The Michiana Humane Society Grand Cottage fundraiser, and The New Buffalo DDA communication committee. Cathi has lived in New Buffalo for 19 years with your husband, Tim, owner of Fusion Design Group.

Katie Maroney, Board Member

Katie is a native of New Buffalo and is the owner of Equilibrium Fitness for the past 2 years. She coaches girls hockey and works with Big Smiles 5K Run/Walk, a New Buffalo based event, which donates to the Dreaming Big Fund. Katie joined the NBBA board in 2015.

Mark Traill, MD, Board Member

Mark splits his time between IL and MI, owning/running Lake Country Inn in downtown New Buffalo, with his wife Hope and working as the Medical Director of MRI imaging at SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford IL. He is a passionate advocate of active lifestyles as a means of obtaining better health and has recently started the WOW Fitness Network as a portal for education and fitness activities. He is also a classic car collector and mountain bike enthusiast. You can find Mark riding his “fat” bike on the beach and the dunes year round. Mark joined the NBBA board in 2015.

Jan Vallone, Board Member

Jan is the owner of PJ’s Ladies Causal Wear in downtown New Buffalo. She moved her clothing shop from Crown Point, IN to New Buffalo in the summer of 2014. Jan served as an event planner for the City of Crown Point along with being very active in many community groups while owning her store for 13 years. She and her husband have recently moved to the area and Jan joined the NBBA board in 2015.

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