Call For Board Members!

Arts for All is growing and currently looking to fill several board positions! We are seeking interested individuals with experience or expertise in media, fundraising, legal & compliance, and current or retired business owners. If interested, please send brief letter of intent and your resume to

Meet Our Board

Caroline Simaz —Board Co-Chair, Traverse City, MI

Cherryland Electric Cooperative

Caroline is employed at Cherryland Electric Cooperative as a GIS Technician. She has been on the Arts for All board for two years.

Ellie Vratanina – Board Co-Chair, Traverse City, MI

Real Estate One

Ellie has been a realtor with Real Estate One in Traverse City, MI for the past 7 years and has been an Arts for All Board Member for two years. She also serves on the Real Estate One Charitable Foundation Executive Board of Directors for Northern MI.

Elizabeth Clarke—Board Secretary, Traverse City, MI.

West Shore Bank

Liz is a branch manager with West Shore Bank and sits on the Finance and Governance committee for Arts for All. She has been on the board for five years.

Nick Edson —Board Member, Traverse City, MI

Cherryland Electric Cooperative (retired)

Nick was an editor of the Traverse City Record-Eagle for 25 years and editor of Country Lines Magazine for 15 years. He has been on the A4A board for four years. Nick has served a number of local boards: the YMCA board for nine years, with two as board chair; NMC Scholarship Committee board for six years, with three as board chair; TC Rotary Club board for two years; Communities In Schools board three years (and running), taking over as board chair this fall.

Mike Libby- Board Member, Traverse City

Special Education Teacher, TBAISD

Mike has a BFA in Art/Photography from Wayne State University, M.Ed. and K-12 Art Ed. Certification from Loyola University and a CI special education endorsement from Ferris State University. For over 20 years he taught art/photography and theatre in the US and UK and was the Very Special Arts Festival coordinator for 2 years while living and teaching in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has been working as a special education teacher with TBAISD since 2011 and has been an Arts 4 All volunteer since 2016. Mike is also a member of the Good On Paper improv troupe and the Society of Traverse Region Ukulele Musicians (STRUM) in Traverse City.

Chris Wendel – Board Member, Traverse City

Business Advisor, Northern Initiatives

Chris Wendel works for Northern Initiatives, a community development financial institution (CDFI) that provides financing and technical assistance to small businesses throughout Michigan. He graduated from University of Colorado, before settling in northern Michigan in 1988. Chris resides in Traverse City where he enjoys running, swimming and walking the family dog Pancake (pictured left).

Robin Smillie – Board Member, Traverse City

School Liaison, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Robin Smillie is the School Liaison for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has a passion for creating and nurturing meaningful, lasting relationships and hopes to do this as a board member for Arts for All. She has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the HIV/Aids Wellness Network and the Traverse City West Band Parent Organization. As a twenty-year TCAPS volunteer she created connections and friendships that remain today. “I am thrilled to join the Arts for All board. I believe that the arts add enrichment, provide an avenue for self-expression and improve the quality of our lives. Everyone is entitled to access to the arts.”

Robin and her husband Dave have called Traverse City their home since 1991 and raised both of their children here. Kendall is a kindergarten teacher at Traverse Heights Elementary and Bryce is an architect for a firm based in the Corktown area of Detroit.