Board of Directors
The Sandy Pines Board of Directors will provide positive leadership and management direction so as to ensure the long term viability and success of Sandy Pines Wilderness Trails, Inc.
Hi my name is Rick Day! I have been married to my wife Lori for 23 years and we have two children, Blake & Brandon. Our daughter Blake will be a senior at Ferris State University and our son Brandon will be a senior at Allegan High School this fall. We have been members of Sandy Pines since 2004 on Site K-263. Born and raised in Allegan, I have spent the vast majority of my adult career in the service of others. From my professional positions in the fire service to my many board memberships and civic responsibilities I have demonstrated leadership and passion for improving the organizations and lives of the citizens I have served.
I work for the State of Michigan as a Fire Marshal Inspector and have been in that position for 17 years. I am a voting committee member of the National Fire Protection Association Standards for Recreation Vehicles and Standards for Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campgrounds. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Allegan County Fair. I have served on the board for 17 years with the last four as the Board Treasure. I currently serve on the Allegan Fire District Board and Chairman of the Allegan Construction Board of Appeals.
I served over twelve years on the Allegan Fire Department as a firefighter, command officer and Fire Chief. I served as the City of Allegan Mayor for two terms, Mayor Pro Tem for three terms and served on the Allegan City Council for eight years. I have served on the Allegan EMS Board, Planning Commission and several other boards and Commissions.
I do not have a personal agenda to be on the board. I feel we need open and honest dialogue between the membership and management/staff. There seems to be a growing miss trust between the administration and membership. We need to maintain the assets of the park in a manner that is financially responsible and at a level that is acceptable to the owners. We need a common sense approach to enforcing rules and regulations and should always be done with the members interests first and foremost.
Greetings! My name is Ellen Carpenter and I am running for the Sandy Pines Board of Directors.
I first came to Sandy Pines to visit my mother, who had camped here in the mid 1990’s. She bought the Site in Phase 3, where I am now, and my family became associate members in 1996. My late husband and I bought our own place and became primary members in 2001.
Since that time, Sandy Pines has always been a big part of our family life. It’s been our happy place where we’ve enjoyed quality family time with our two children. Sandy Pines is only 35 minutes from my home in Kalamazoo and was our weekend home away from home as well as our vacation spot for many years.
I retired from the U.S. Postal Service in June of 2017, with almost 30 years of service. I was also a member, steward, and officer for the National Postal Mail Handlers Union during my employment there. Some of my key responsibilities in these roles were; contract compliance, conflict resolution, and arbitration hearings. After having served as a member of the board and council since 1997, I was then elected State Treasurer for the NPMHU between 2013 and 2017. It was that experience, which taught me how to be objective and unbiased in some very sensitive and critical situations. It is extremely important to be able to view things through a lens that may or may not be your personal preference when required to make tough decisions that are in the best interest of Sandy Pines and I believe that is something I have to offer my fellow members of Sandy Pines.
I am currently a member of the Sandy Pines Safety and Security Committee and I’m also involved in a fund-raising project that will donate playground equipment for differently abled people to enjoy at Sandy Pines.
There are many remarkable things going on here, at Sandy Pines. I will work hard to see the current improvements go forward but also work harder to see that the channels of communication improve. I promise to bring a commonsense approach to the Board of Directors and to also build the sense of community that we know and love.
Thank you for your time. I truly value your support.
My name is Ginny Hager and I own Site D-99. Sandy Pines has been a part of my life since I was very young. My parents were members of the park for 20 years when I was growing up. My husband Kevin and I have been members since July of 2000. It was a great place to be in the summer with our three kids Allison, Courtney, and Isaiah as they were growing up. They participated in several park activities and also worked here on the recreation staff and at the ice cream shop. They still enjoy Sandy Pines as adults and spend most weekends here with us.
In my professional life, I am a self-employed accountant with over 30 years of experience. I have had a wide variety of clients over the years from a global IT consultation company, to a small engine repair shop, to a farm to table marketplace. My husband and I own a construction company where I have been the CFO for over 25 years. These experiences provide me with a lot of financial knowledge to offer the Board. I hold myself to a high degree of integrity, I am very motivated and I always see things through to completion.
I am very active in our church and community. I served as the treasurer of a local non-profit food pantry for several years. I was the treasurer for the school PTC when our kids were growing up. I have held several positions and served on many committees at our church. I was the Sunday School Superintendent, directed a puppet ministry, led Bible studies, been a youth group leader, served on the education committee, and I also love to sing. I am currently a member of the praise band and handle the finances for the youth groups at our church.
Throughout my years at Sandy Pines I have seen the park go through many changes. I’m excited about the future of the park and want to be a part of making sure it continues to be a great place for my family and yours. Utilizing my financial background and expertise, my aim is to preserve, update and improve the assets of the park. I am eager to see the park move forward and help to create solutions as it grows. I plan to be very transparent and to help the Board communicate with the members in the best ways possible.
It took my daughter-in-law a few years to talk us into coming out to Sandy Pines to see her families summer vacation place. They have had two places side by side for nearly 30 years. We were amazed from the moment we arrived and bought our own place on Site N-182, 3 weeks later. That was in 2013. We live on the east side of the state in the off season but with my wife Dee and I both retired we spend almost all of our time here from season opening to closing. We have 5 children and 9 grandchildren and they all love coming here.
Now a little about me. I am a retired fire fighter from Clinton Township, MI. I served as a firefighter, fire officer, fire inspector and as a fire/arson investigator. I also served as union steward for 16 years and served on and chaired several union committees over the years. I learned to solve problems by listening to the concerns and experience of others. Prior to my career with the fire department I spent 12 years as a long haul truck driver. The last 3 years I owned my own truck where I learned how planning and budgeting are vitally important for success in business.
I also served as president of my condo association for 3 years where I was involved in day to day operations, contract negotiations, long range planning and budget control. I did not run for reelection only because I could not be effective there and be able to spend my summer months here. I firmly believe in fully committing to any project I am involved with; that’s what I promise to do on the Board of Directors.
I believe Sandy Pines is a one of a kind facility and I would like to see it continue for generations to come. I would like to use my past experience to help Sandy Pines continue to be the premier facility that it is. I enjoy working with all the board members, the administration and all of the department employees.
Greetings Sandy Pines Friends! My name is Dennis King. I’m 68 years young and have had my position on the Board of Directors for a couple of years now. I was an associate member for 20 years and now a full time member for 7 years on Site 1076. My wife, Karin, and I have 4 adult children and 6 grand children who all love spending time at Sandy Pines! As your board member, I promise to continue to keep our Park moving in a positive direction as we face new challenges and issues.
I want to keep Sandy Pines a safe and secured community at all levels. I joined the Safety & Security Committee last year. This season I took Chairperson of this committee and have also joined the Technology Committee. My background involves 34 years of public service as a law enforcement Officer; Holland Police Reserves, Zeeland Police Dept., and retired from Portage Police Dept. The last 10 years I’ve worked as a Security Officer in various Federal Facilities in the State. I have served on several church leadership boards, currently Finance Chair at NW United Methodist Church.
Hello all, my name is Brian Elling and I am running for one of the open positions within the Sandy Pines Board of Directors.
My family has been a part of Sandy Pines since 2011. We purchased our site early that first season and are so excited as we enter our 8th season here at our “Happy Place”.
Our blended family began in 2012 when Shane and I got married, and now share our Happy Place with our 8 children and 5 grandchildren. We’ve been so blessed by our children ranging in ages from 32 down to twin boys who just turned 18 earlier this year, along with our grandchildren ranging from 6 years old down to 10 months. Hudsonville, Michigan, is where we call “home” during the off season and then we get to spend our summers here with our incredible Sandy Pines neighbors and friends that we’ve had the privilege to meet and get to know over the years. It is important to me to keep this beautiful place called Sandy Pines alive and well to serve future generations.
I am employed at Mission India as a Regional Director supporting donors, churches and organizations that come along side us as we work to share the Love of Christ within the country of India. Being able to help share the greatest story in the most critical place in the world (population and un-reached people groups) in some of the most strategic ways, is simply amazing. Prior to this role I was in various sales and leadership positions within the healthcare technology and IT support markets for close to 30 years. I have been involved for many years with organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, AYSO and the American Diabetes Association in the past. I am a graduate from Davenport University and also attended Calvin College.
I appreciate your support as I submit my candidacy to serve on the Board of Directors. I value your trust as I seek to have an open mind while listening to our members to be an advocate for the future of our beautiful park. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for your support.
Hello. My name is Kelly V. Johnson and I am respectfully requesting your consideration to vote for me for the Sandy Pines Board of Directors.
I grew up in Mattawan, MI, where I graduated from Mattawan High School in 1975 and then attended Kalamazoo Valley Community College. I was lucky enough in 1981 when Leslie said “I do” and we’ve been happily married for 37 years this September. We were blessed with 2 children, Jamie and Scott, and raised our family in Portage, MI. Just last year, we were further blessed with the birth of twin granddaughters, Hadley and Hannah, by Jamie and her husband, Ben. “Grandpa” is my new favorite title.
SANDY PINES LIFE:
We heard about this awesome park called Sandy Pines from a dear friend and decided to camp there in 2011. Like everyone, we immediately fell in love with this park. After camping at Sandy Pines several times over the course of 2 seasons, it was a no-brainer in 2013 that we wanted to buy a site and become members. Our love for the park grew in such a way that we decided to sell our home in Portage and buy a Sandy Pines condo in 2016 to live here year-round. We just couldn’t get enough, and we’re happy to call Sandy Pines our permanent home.
In 1979, I began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a Mail Handler. Throughout my 33- year career with the USPS, I received several promotions and held the following positions; Supervisor of Mails, Tour Superintendent, Supervisor of Customer Service, Station Branch Manager, Postmaster Portage MI, District Safety Manager, and Transportation Manager before retiring in 2012.
EXTRACURRICULAR / VOLUNTEER:
Chairman, Kalamazoo County Combined Federal Campaign BOD, Kalamazoo Postal Federal Credit Union BOD, Access First Federal Credit Union BOD, Post Community Credit Union BOD, United Bay Community Credit Union BOD, Sandy Pines Condo Association Moderator, Bethlehem Baptist Church Sandy Pines Rules Advisory Committee
There is one reason and one reason only that I would like to serve on the Sandy Pines Board of Directors; this community is our home and I love our home. I believe that my career and previous BOD experience has provided me with the skills and experiences that make me qualified to serve as a member of your BOD. I promise to listen to you, the members. I promise to be diligent in collecting and reviewing all pertinent information to make the best possible decisions for Sandy Pines. I am a team player and I’m not a quitter. A vote for me is a vote to help Sandy Pines continue to grow and thrive for many years to come so future generations can experience the same love and enjoyment we are all blessed with today.
Sandy Pines is my Paradise and my second love.....Kristin being my first. Our love began in 1985 and together we have parented 5 exceptional young men, Blake, Kenny, Jeffrey, Danny and Brandt.
I have been coming to Sandy Pines since the late 70's and have been here almost every weekend year-round since 2000.
I have a very intimate knowledge and an extremely deep passion for this community.
It is my wish that Sandy Pines is your paradise, now and for many generations to come.
Hello everyone! My name is Paul Peppel and I am excited to be in the running for a Board of Director position. My wife Deb and I are enjoying our tenth year in the park and spend virtually the entire summer here save for some trips to our home base in Byron Center.
My qualifications for this position include an 11-year stint as Vice President of a West Michigan school board as well as serving as the school’s band booster president. In addition, 20+ years experience as an automotive service manager has reinforced to me the value of the Golden Rule which I use as a daily guidance both personally and professionally.
Our two grown children, their spouses and our three grandchildren relish their time spent with us here and all Sandy Pines has to offer. It is my passion to help preserve our happy place while making necessary and sometimes difficult decisions as we adapt and embrace inevitable change. Thank you in advance for your support.
Upcoming Board Meetings
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Board Meeting Video
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