Board Members

Friends of Harbor Country Trails Board Members

The governing body of the Friends of Harbor Country Trails is a seven member board of volunteers from the community, who are nominated and elected by the board every year in accordance with the by-laws of the registered corporation.

Questions about the board and its responsibilities or to be considered for election, should be directed to the Board Secretary through the Contact Us link at the bottom of each page. Questions regarding the Hike & Bike Trail Development Project should be directed to the Project Manager.

Arnie Feinberg - President

Arnold Feinberg earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois and was employed by ExxonMobil for 36 years in engineering management.
Arnie’s volunteer activity includes not only the Friends of Harbor Country Trails, but responsibilities with the Red Cross, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative, the New Buffalo Community Partnership, and the City of New Buffalo Parks Board.

Joanne Sims - Secretary

Joanne Sims has been a permanent resident of Lakeside and was elected to the Chikaming Township Park Board.  Ms Sims served on the board of the Berrien Community Foundation, the Lakeside Association, and was the development director at Fernwood Botanical Garden in Niles, and continues as a volunteer there today.  Enjoys golf, gardening and spending time with my grandchildren!! Ms Sims has been involved with the Friends of Harbor Country Trails since its inception and looks forward to seeing the trails come to fruition.

Bryan Volstorf - Treasurer

Bryan Volstorf was recently selected as Project Manager of Friends of Harbor Country Trails.
Bryan is an avid cyclist and founder/president of the Three Oaks Spokes bicycle club.  He is responsible for having developed the Backroads Bikeway Trail system consisting of 16 signed routes ranging from 5 to 60 miles throughout Berrien County, Michigan and LaPorte County in northern Indiana.
As if that wasn't enough, his love of cycling and sharing that love with others has served him well as Tour Director of Apple Cider Century for 38 years.
He takes over project management from Brad Williamson, who leaves Friends of Harbor Country Trails for new responsibilities.

Chuck Garasic

Chuck Garasic is a resident of Union Pier and the owner of Sweethaven Resort. He has served on the board of the Friends of Harbor Country Trails for only a short period of time. Mr. Garasic currently is president of the Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce and has been on that board since 1994. He also co-chairs other committees for the Chamber. Mr. Garasic also served on the Public Safety Commission for Chikaming Township.

Warren Peterson

Warren Peterson is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) and graduate of Michigan State University, with 30 years of civil and environmental engineering design and construction experience. His career has encompassed a number of important positions across a broad range of businesses while performing work in multiple states.
Mr. Peterson’s volunteer participation includes not only the Friends of Harbor Country Trails, but also several engineering societies. In addition, he is a Board Member for the Pine Grove Cemetery, and has served on the casino-based Local Revenue Sharing Board. Currently, Mr. Peterson is the Mayor of the City of New Buffalo, Michigan.

Werner Peterson

Werner Petterson is a resident of Harbert and a recreational bike rider who appreciates the good work of the Friends of Harbor Country Trails. Mr. Petterson also likes to experience the benefits of improved biking trails. A graduate of Emory & Henry College and Boston University Mr. Petterson has had a career as a federal government mediator in Chicago and served on Chikaming Township’s zoning board of appeals.

Chuck Sittig

Charles Sittig is a Lifelong Berrien County/three Oaks Resident and has been
Three Oaks Township Supervisor since 2000. Mr. Sittig is a 1968 River Valley H.S. Graduate and a graduate of Western Michigan University, is married to his lovely wife Julie and has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. Mr. Sittig is a member Three Oaks Spokes and sits on the Friends of Harbor Country Trails Board of Directors and is a member Three Oaks United Methodist Church.

Jim Daubert

Jim Daubert has recently retired as an electrician with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority in Chicago Illinois. Before that he was self-employed for 22 years.
For the last 8 years Jim has lived in New Buffalo with his wife of 43 years. They have 2 daughters and 5 grand-children.
Jim currently is a member of the New Buffalo Township Planning Commission as well as a Friend of Harbor Country Trails.

Chuck Krametbauer

Chuck Krametbauer has earned a Business Administration degree, prior to college I attended St John Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield Wisconsin graduating as second lieutenant in the junior Army ROTC.
Currently I’m a member of the New Buffalo Michigan City Council and a member of the Friend of Harbor Country Trails. I’m an active member of the Board of Directors for SJNMA (St John’s Northwestern Military Academy) as 1st Vice President for our OBAA
(Old Boys Alumina Association) USA.
I’m married to my childhood sweetheart Kimberly, we have 4 children between us and 5 grand-children.
Hobbies include camping at the Yogi Bear in Portage Indiana, golfing boating, flying remote helicopters.

Bob Ford

Bob Ford is a Landscape Architect and has over 35 years of experience in the areas of planning, site design, project management and trail design. In 1994 Robert started Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc., (L.A.P.) which provides project planning, site design, construction management, administration and quality control. During the past decade Mr. Ford and LAP have been involved in creating non‐motorized transportation plans. The firm has worked with municipalities, townships, counties, school districts, nonprofits and the state of Michigan in creating network systems that provide safe routes for pedestrians and bicyclists.
In addition, Landscape Architects and Planners, Inc. is proud to have been part of the American Medallion Award presented to the City of Lansing for its “Urban Rivertrail” for planning and development by the Michigan American Association of Landscape Architects. Robert Ford has been involved in the planning and design of these multi‐use trails, bicycle networks and associated urban streetscapes (“complete streets”) since 1975. The award is only one of twenty that were presented representing the past 100 years of landscape architecture excellence and innovation in Michigan.
In addition LAP helped facilitate and author the “2005 Harbor Country Hike and Bike Plan”. This plan laid the foundation for the efforts that followed, including the formation of the “Friends of Harbor Country Trails” non‐profit organization, the FoHCT website, wayfinding and project identification and implementation for the
next 2‐5 years. In conjunction with the Pokagon Foundation, the various municipalities and townships this project will continue to add to the quality of life for the southwest part of Michigan region known as Harbor Country.
LAP regularly works for park municipalities, state and federal park systems, open space commissions, nonprofit organizations and foundations preparing master plans for all facets of recreation and leisure activities; from small pocket parks and city parks to trails and regional park plans; including greenways both urban and rural and along some of the most beautiful natural features that a community / region has to offer. Our team services include master planning, site design, ecological assessments, engineering services, construction documents as well as construction administration. Our multi‐disciplinary experience allows for a
comprehensive approach that delivers sustainable and innovative solutions in response to new challenging and innovative park activities. LAP is also knowledgeable when it comes to state and federal grant applications, foundations, benefactors and general fundraising.