Board of Directors

The by-laws of Northern Community Mediation stipulate that the board consists of a minimum of five and a maximum of 15 members. Each term begins on January 1 and ends three years later on December 31. A director may serve a total of two consecutive terms.

Brian Kasiborski, President
Underwriting Counsel

Kirstyn Horan, Vice President
Community Health Coordinator

Hugh Conklin, Treasurer

Suzanne Kanine, Secretary
Emmet County Clerk

Mitch Brown, Member-at-Large

Mark Andresky, Certified Exit Planner, Business Intermediary & Business Appraiser
Jenny Brower, Licensed Sales Agent
Bill Cattin, Retired Safety & Compliance Engineer
Phil Harmon, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa
Emily Hoffman, Attorney
Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative Director
Lisa Hoyt, Membership Director
Harry (Hob) Ingleson, Attorney
Brooke Jacoby, Attorney
Cyndy Tonkavich, Retired 5th Grade Teacher

Brian Kasiborski, President

Brian is Michigan State Underwriting Counsel for Westcor Land Title Insurance Company. In this role, he provides agency support for Michigan real estate transactions and is responsible for underwriting policy in the state. Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University College of Law. Despite having both schools on his resume, he is true Blue all the way.

A fully trained and certified mediator, Brian also serves as an Adjunct Professor at North Central Michigan College. When not chasing little white balls through the woods or chasing hockey pucks around the rink, Brian enjoys spending time with his family and supporting all things Michigan and Detroit.

Kirstyn Horan, Vice Presdent
Community Health Coordinator

Kirstyn is a former case manager at NCM. She is a 2012 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Sociology. Although she is now a Community Health Coordinator for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, she left a part of her heart with Northern Community Mediation.

Kirstyn is a 2017 graduate of Leadership Little Traverse and has an affinity for bettering our community.

When she is not working, she can be seen hiking or snowshoeing on one of the local area trails with her husband and dog.

Hugh Conklin, Treasurer

Before leaving the workforce in October 2014, Hugh was program manager for the Boyne City Main Street Program for seven years. Prior to that he was involved in community journalism in Boyne City and Antrim and Kalkaska counties as publisher of Up North Publications, which included four community weekly newspapers. His wife, Susan, and he also owned The Boyne Citizen, the community weekly newspaper for Boyne City.

Prior to moving to Boyne City in 1994 to purchase The Citizen,  Hugh worked more than 15 years in community journalism in Douglas, Wyoming and Whitefish, Montana. He currently serves on the Boyne City City Commission. He is a board member and volunteer for Challenge Mountain and a volunteer for Boyne City’s Good Neighbors Food Pantry. He also has been a volunteer mediator for Northern Community Mediation for 12 years.

Suzanne Kanine, Secretary
Emmet County Clerk

Suzanne has served in the Emmet County Clerk’s office for almost six years and was recently elected to be the County Clerk. Previously, she served 16 years in the Air National Guard as Technical Sergeant in Aircraft Maintenance. After graduating from Central Michigan University, she worked with at-risk youth as the Outdoor Recreation Coordinator at West Midland Family Center.

Suzanne lives just outside of Petoskey with her husband, Jake, and three children, Brady, Jackson, and Addison. She spends a majority of her free time watching her children play sports. When she is not at the ball fields, she enjoys almost any outdoor activity with her family.

Mitch Brown, Member-at-Large

Mitch graduated from Central Michigan University.  He spent the majority of his career in Retail Management as a Store Director.  In 2012 he brought the first Which Wich Superior Sandwich franchise to Michigan.  He owned and operated the location in Petoskey until he sold it in 2018.  Since then he has become a licensed Real Estate Agent.  He currently is with RE/MAX Lighthouse in Petoskey.

Mitch serves on the Resort Bear Creek Fire Department Administrative Board.  He is also a Bear Creek Township Planning and Zoning Administrator.  When not working, you will find Mitch at the gym or spending time with his wife, Merry enjoying our great community.

Mark Andresky, Certified Exit Planner, Business Intermediary & Businss Appraiser

He concentrates his practice on helping small business owners plan and execute their transitions out of their businesses through comprehensive transition planning and business sales.   He is a Certified Exit Planner, Certified Business Intermediary, Mergers & Acquisitions Mark Andresky, CExP, CEPA, ABI, CBI, M&AMI is a Principal with Performance Business Advisors, LLC.   Master Intermediary, Business Appraiser, and Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker.

Mark is the Past-President of the West Michigan Chapter of the Michigan Business Brokers Association, a Director of its state Board, and an active member of the Exit Planning Institute, International Business Brokers Association, M&A Source, International Society of Business Appraisers, and Business Enterprise Institute.  He also serves on the Charlevoix Advisory Committee of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.

Mark is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix, MI where he serves as the Treasurer and chairs the Endowment and Finance Committees.  He is an Assistant District Governor and Trainer for Rotary District 6290, Past President of the Charlevoix Rotary Club, and serves on his club’s Board of Directors and as the club’s Rotary Foundation Chair.  He was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, studying in Strasbourg, France in 1988 – 89.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Washington and Jefferson College.  He writes and speaks regularly throughout the country on a variety of transition planning, business valuation, and real estate topics.

Jenny Brower
Licensed Sales Agent

Jenny grew up in Petoskey. Prior to being hired at her brother’s insurance agency in Harbor Springs way back in 1982,  her early work experience included the following: 1) she was first a baby sitter for his daughter Ashley (now owner of the agency) then a newpaper carrier for the Petoskey News Review; 2) next she dabbled a few years as a popcorn girl for the down town Gaslight Cinema; 3) she then proposed and started a program for Harbor Cove,  modeled after the Bay View Boys & Girls Club which she attended as a kid; 4)  she was the activities director there it’s first Summer; 5) and lastly, she was recruited to be a Toy salesgirl for Game’s Imported, which was managed by the sister of her former boss at the Cinema.

Since landing years ago in her insurance career, her brother encouraged her to join the Petoskey Area Jaycees and thus began a long history of volunteering and local service in the community.  A great believer in her mother’s teaching that “the more you do the more you can do” – Jenny strives to stay involved in good local causes and usually finds that to be a win/win proposition, much to her delight.  She has served many local organizations, including both the Petoskey and Harbor Springs Chambers of Commerce, The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, Camp Daggett, Petoskey’s Downtown Marketing Committee, The Harbor Springs Lyric Theatre and probably a few more she is forgetting to name.

Jenny is presently a member of The Petoskey Sunrise Rotary Club.  In 2011, Jenny was selected to serve as the Club’s President, the same year that Jane Millar – director of Northern Community Mediation was elected to serve as the District Governor for the Michigan Rotary District 6290.  Serving with Jane for the 2011-2012 Rotary Year was a true blessing and Jane’s leadership was outstanding.  Jenny not only considers Jane a good friend, but an inspirational mentor and as such is thrilled to have been asked to serve on this board and will do her very best to be worthy of the opportunity.

Lisa Hoyt, Membership Director Petoskey Chamber of Commerce

Bill Cattin, Retired Safety & Compliance Engineer

Bill has a BS in Physics from Alma College, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan.  After a 20 year career at Ford Motor Company, he took early retirement in 2007 and moved permanently to Harbor Springs in 2010 where he owns and manages a retail property.

In addition to being a volunteer mediator at NCM since 2017, Bill has been a volunteer at the Lyric Theatre in Harbor Springs since it opened in 2016 and can be found behind the counter most Friday and Saturday nights.

Bill is single, but shares his home with Lewis, a three-legged cat he recently adopted from LTBHS.  In his spare time, he enjoys adventure-based travel, photography, skiing, and mountain biking, hiking and snowshoeing in the beautiful woods of northern Michigan and the UP.

Phil Harmon

Phil Harmon Executive Director, Unit 1 of LTBB

Phil Harmon is the Executive Director, Unit 1 of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, and is a Tribal Citizen. He grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and moved to Petoskey in 2001 to work for the Tribe as a Probation Officer.  Over the years, he has held several positions with the LTBB Government. He has been in his current position as Executive Director, Unit I since November of 2016.

Phil considers it an honor and privilege to work for his Tribe.  One of his duties and responsibilities as the Executive Director of Unit I is to help with disputes in the workplace.  When he was notified about the opportunity to go through the mediation training, he was “super excited to get the training.”  He successfully completed the mediation training in 2019 and was on track to start mediating before the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  He is hoping to beginning mediating early in January 2021.

In my personal life I enjoy spending time with my son Peyton.  He’s an 8th grader at Petoskey Middle School.  We are two peas in a pod as we both enjoy sports, hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, and pretty much anything to do with the outdoors.  It’s my greatest honor in life to be a dad.

Phil said, “I’m honored to be a member of the Northern Community Mediation Board. I’ll do my best to fulfill my duties and responsibilities and to help ensure a bright future for NCM.

Lisa Hoyt, Membership Director Petoskey Chamber of Commerce

Lisa joined the Petoskey Chamber in January 2007 as membership Director. Previous to this she worked at LexaLite in Charlevoix in Marketing and International Sales.

In June 2014, Lisa earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and remains active on the Midwest Board of Regents. She received Michigan Chamber Professional of the Year designation in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Lisa has served on various local boards over the years and has enjoyed being a mentor of Leadership Charlevoix since 2011.

She began birding in 2013 and joined the Board of Directors of Petoskey Audubon Society the same year and helps with their marketing. Lisa was co-lead on the establishment of the Sunset Coast Birding Trail in 2017.

Lisa and her husband Dave have been married for 20 years and live in Charlevoix. Lisa enjoys exploring area preserves in search of different species of birds, cooking and travel.

Hob Ingleson, Attorney

Hob Ingleson is an attorney with the Bensinger, Cotant & Menkes Law Firm in Gaylord, Michigan. He received his J.D. degree from Michigan State University College of Law. Throughout his career his areas of practices have been varied, such as insurance defense litigation, medical malpractice and first and third party automobile claims.

In recent years, Hob has focused more on general civil litigation matters, business and real estate matters, and estate planning and probate litigation. He serves a very wide geographical area of clients throughout Michigan, often meeting in his clients’ homes or businesses.

Hob has been highly involved in community activities, . He is a former Camp Daggett Board of Directors member, served on the Kirtland Community College Foundation Board, belongs to Rotary, a past Hospice volunteer and a former member of the NW Michigan Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors to name a few.

Hob belongs to the State Bar of Michigan, Western District Bar Association, Emmet/Charlevoix Counties Bar Association, and the Otsego County Bar Association.

In his off-time, Hob enjoys maintaining the family farm, skiing, snow shoeing and hiking.

Brooke Jacoby

Brooke is an attorney. In 2003, she obtained a Juris Doctor from Bond University in Queensland Australia. Subsequent to being called to the bar in Ontario, Canada, she practiced family law until 2010, at which time she joined her father’s real estate focused law practice as Partner. In 2016, Brooke left the practice to join her husband in America.

Brooke is now a full time mom to her two year old daughter. In her spare time she enjoys tennis, golf, downhill, and cross country skiing.

Cyndy Tonkavich
Retired 5th Grade Teacher

Cyndy and her family sailed the Great Lakes for years.  It was their dream to live in northern Michigan.  They found a perfect piece of land on the south arm of Lake Charlevoix where they built their retirement home.

Cyndy is a mother, a grandmother, and a retired 5th grade teacher. She understands that when conflict and anger interfere with life, families and children suffer. She believes mediation can help people through these difficult times.

After moving here, Cyndy became involved with the Boyne Valley Garden Club.  She served as co-president for two years and now heads their annual holiday wreath and garland sale.  She is proud to help at the Good Neighbors Food Pantry.  This past summer,  she got back on the water as a deck hand on the Ironton Ferry!