Our Team

Matt McDonough, CEO

Matt became the first CEO of Discovery Center Great Lakes in the fall of 2019. Originally from southwestern Michigan, Matt has called Traverse City his home for over 19 years.  He has a B.S. in Resource Development with an emphasis in Water Resources from Michigan State University.  Prior to a 17-year career in land conservation, Matt worked in the fields of fisheries and water rights in Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Montana, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon. He lives in Traverse City with his wife, Ann, and their son and daughter. 

Matt McDonough head shot

Bob Stowe, Rick Summers, Elaine Wood, Mack Beers, Beth Karczeski, Jerry Ring, Matt McDonough, Sid Lammers, Steve Feringa and Greg Luyt. Not pictured: Kate Redman, Deborah Kasemeyer, Mike Wills.

Our Board
The DCGL Board is appointed by Rotary Camps & Services. Community members serve alongside representatives from the Noon Rotary Club of Traverse City and delegates from Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services. Board members are carefully chosen for having the skills and experience necessary to move the project forward.


  • Bob Stow | Chair | Rotary Camps & Services Delegate

Semi-retired architect, who continues to use his skills for community projects, including the Bijou Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, and most recently the DC Collaborative.

  • Elaine Wood | Vice-Chair | Rotarian at Large

Retired from Networks Northwest as CEO after 41 years working there and developing experience in municipal organizations, community development, economic development, strategic planning.

  • Mack Beers | Treasurer | Rotarian at Large

Retired banker with over 40 years’ experience, including extensive commercial credit and business financial analysis. Has been working intensively on the Pier and Collaborative projects

  • Kate Redman | Secretary | Community

Attorney and founder of CommonPlace, the region’s leading co-working space, operating from two sites. Currently developing Commongrounds, a 48,000 sq. ft. collaborative co-op on Eighth Street.


  • Steve Feringa | Community

Member of GT Band, and Corporate Architect for Grand Traverse Resort & Casinos’ Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Also manager for the EDC’s Project Management Department.

  • Beth Karczeski | Rotarian at Large

Fund development and strategic planning consultant, with over 20 years’ experience in fundraising experience for the Munson Healthcare organizations.

  • Deborah Kasemeyer | Community

Senior VP, Director Community Development & Investment at Northern Trust Corp., where she oversees community development capital deployment and an Impact Investment portfolio.

  • Sid Lammers | Rotarian at Large

Business owner and Elmwood Township resident who has long been involved in planning for the Discovery Center & Pier, including serving on the Harbor Committee and Visioning Team.

  • Greg Luyt | Rotary Charities Delegate

Attorney with over 10 years’ experience in a broad range of legal practice areas, including real estate, construction, business organization, and condominium law.

  • Jerry Ring | Rotarian at Large

Founding Principal of Center for Public Affairs Strategies. Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership with focus on collaborative partnerships between for-profit and non-profit organizations. Retired President and Executive Director of The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.

  • Rick Summers | Rotary Camps & Services Delegate

Director of Fox Motors Northwest Division for more than 12 years, with experience in property and business acquisition, as well as in-depth financial analysis.

  • Mike Wills | Rotarian at Large

Over 40 years’ experience in Real Estate Development, and 12 years as President of the Discovery Center Board. Facilitated Mike Dow’s donation of the original Discovery Center property.

  • Mike Brown | Community

President of Burdco Incorporated, a commercial development and design/build firm located in Traverse City. Mike is a member and past President of both the Traverse City Optimist Club and the Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Board of Directors