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
Attorney

Brian Kasiborski, Underwriting Counsel
Attorney

Hugh Conklin, Treasurer
Retired

Kirstyn Horan, Secretary
Community Health Coordinator

Mitch Brown, Member-at-Large
Entrepreneur

Izabela Babinska, Foundation Relations Officer
Nikki Devitt, President of Petoskey Chamber of Commerce
Phil Harmon, Little Traverse Bay Vands of Odawa
Emily Hoffman, Attorney
Maureen Hollocker, Great Start Collaborative Director
Brooke Jacoby, Attorney
Suzi Kanine, Emmet County Clerk
Liisa Morley, Surgical Technician & Coordinator

Bob Banner, President
Attorney

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
Attorney

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.

Hugh Conklin, Treasurer
Retired

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.

Kirstyn Horan, Secretary
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.

Mitch Brown, Member-at-Large
Entrepreneur

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.

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.

Nikki Devitt
President of the Petoskey Chamber of Commerce

Nikki is the Executive 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.

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.

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, Director of the Great Start Collaborative

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.

Brooke Jacoby
Attorney

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.

Suzi Kanine
Emmet County Clerk

Suzi 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.

Suzi 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.

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.