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.

Kate Vyskocil - Treasurer

Joanne Sims

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.

Michelle Heit

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.

Bobby Spirito


Larry Shawver