Board of Directors

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.

Bob Banner, President

Brian Kasiborski, Vice-President

Bill Meengs, Treasurer

Stuart Fenton, Secretary

Izabela Babinska, Foundation Relations Officer
Mitch Brown, Entrepreneur
Hugh Conklin, Retired
Nikki Devitt, Events / Communications Director
Ed Engstrom, Attorney
Emily Hoffman, Attorney
Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative Director
Kirstyn Horan, Community Health Coordinator
Liisa Morley, Surgical Technician & Coordinator

Bob Banner, President

Bob is an attorney. He has maintained his general practice law firm in Boyne City for 25 years. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Bob has previously served on the Board at Christ Lutheran Church in Boyne City, on the Board of Directors for Camp Daggett, and is a Past President of the Emmet/Charlevoix Bar Association.

He lives at home with his wife Cindy, daughter Katelyn and son Phillip. Bob enjoys the outdoors spending most of his time hunting, fishing, and skiing with his family.

Brian Kasiborski, Vice-President

Brian is an Assistant Vice President and Michigan Underwriting Counsel for Old Republic National Title Insurance Company. In this role, he provides agency support for Michigan real estate transactions and is responsible for underwriting policy in the state. He 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 time with his family and supporting all things Michigan and Detroit.

Bill Meengs, Treasurer

Bill Meengs is an attorney with Stroup & Meengs, P.C.

He is also the past president of the Emmet Charlevoix Bar Association.

Stuart Fenton Board Secretary

Stuart Fenton, Secretary

Stuart is an attorney in northern Michigan. Previously, he served as the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of Emmet County. He was responsible for handling all major felony criminal cases for the Emmet County Prosecutor’s Office, and acted as the Prosecuting Attorney in the absence of same.

Prior to that, Stuart served as the Senior Assistant Prosecutor in Kalamazoo County for 21 years. He has been a lawyer since 1987. He also teaches and trains extensively in various law enforcement areas across the state.

Izabela Babinska Foundation Relations Officer

Izabela has served as a Foundation Relations Officer with McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation since 2016. In her role, she manages grants to support community-based programs., hospital services and access to care for patients. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for nearly a decade, Izabela’s comprehensive fund development experience includes grants, research, annual giving, communications and strategic planning.

She holds a BA in Professional Writing from Michigan State University and an MBA in Nonprofit Management from Cleary University. She is a 2017 graduate of the Leadership Little Traverse Program.

Izabela lives in Petoskey with her husband, Derrick Vogel, and their Australian Shepherd named Devereaux. She enjoys northern Michigan’s outdoor activities, and is an avid reader and cook.

Hugh Conklin

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.

Nikki Devitt Events & Communications Director

Nikki is the Events & Communications Director for the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce. Prior to her non-profit work with the Petoskey Chamber, she spent much of her career in broadcasting, as well as sales and marketing.

Nikki is very active in the performing arts. Her time in northern Michigan has been spent mainly with Little Traverse Civic Theatre. In addition to performing and production work, she served on their Board of Directors for six years. She has also performed with NorthStar Performing Arts and Murder Mystery, Inc.

When not at work, out and about in the community or on the stage, Nikki enjoys time with her husband and three children. Or, she might even be lucky enough to have the time to have her nose in a book.

Ed Engstrom Board Director

Ed Engstrom

Ed Engstrom grew up in Charlevoix. He graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) and obtained his Juris Doctorate through Detroit College of Law, which is now at MSU. He worked in the Detroit metropolitan area for approximately 12 years, handling many different aspects of legal issues on behalf of thousands of clients. Ed realized it would be best for his two children to grow up in the Charlevoix area, and consequently, moved back in 2002, where he has been practicing law ever since. He has volunteered his time to Northern Community Mediation as a mediator regarding civil disputes and/or domestic issues for several years. Ed enjoys attending the numerous festivals and events that the community has to offer. He enjoys cooking, woodworking, craft making, as well as fixing things and assisting individuals in resolving their issues.

Emily Hoffman, Business Owner & Attorney

Emily is an Australian, legal practitioner, admitted to practice in November 2015 in the jurisdiction of Western Australia. While based in Perth, she worked as a judicial associate in the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She also served as a solicitor of Herbert Smith Freehills, training in real estate and projects, mergers and acquisitions and general commercial, insolvency and construction dispute resolution. She holds an LLB(Hons)/BA from the University of Western Australia.

Emily is now based in Petoskey with her husband and has transitioned to business ownership. She completed her mediation training in 2019 in order to serve as a volunteer mediator with NCM.

Maureen Hollocker

Maureen Hollocker is the Director of the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim Counties.  In addition to her work with the Great Start Collaborative, she is a national trainer for the Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds, a keynote/workshop presenter on the Strengthening Families Framework and Gallup StrengthsFinder, a board member for the Child Abuse Prevention and Education Council and a steering committee member for Leadership Little Traverse and the Resilient and Trauma Informed Community Task Force.

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Michigan State University, Master of Public Administration and graduate certificates in Nonprofit Management and City Management from Villanova University.

Aside from work, Maureen likes to travel, spend time with family and friends and enjoy northern Michigan in the summer.

Kirstyn Horan
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 fiancé and dog.

Liisa Morley
Surgical Technician & Coordinator

Liisa works in Petoskey as a Certified Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant and Surgical Coordinator as well as
a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Artist and PCA Skin Technician.

For nearly 35 years Liisa has worked in Petoskey as a graphic artist, half in a boutique ad agency and half in her own graphic arts company.

She has been active in the past with Crooked Tree Art Center’s D’Art for Art Committee, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast for Champions Committee Chair, Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Board, and the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Volunteer of the Year.