The LTS Board of Directors

The LTS Board of Directors is composed of seven members, each of whom serve up to two three-year terms.  Service on the LTS Board is entirely voluntary, and involves monthly board meetings, dozens of phone calls and emails per month, and many hours of on and off-the-water work to support the program.  The LTS Board oversees and directs the LTS program, including:

      • selecting and managing the senior staff;
      • long and short-term planning;
      • setting pricing and policies;
      • budgeting and financial oversight;
      • running the scholarship program;
      • evaluating and approving capital purchases;
      • fundraising;
      • and more.

Members of the Board also serve as the the officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) of Little Traverse Sailors, Inc, a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit educational corporation. Most of the current LTS Board members are sailors themselves as well as parents of students in the program.

The Board can be contacted at Board@LittleTraverseSailors.org


Current Board Members

Owen Beckley [LTS Treasurer] (term ends October 2025)

Owen has been sailing on Little Traverse Bay and the Great Lakes since childhood and is an active crew in the various LTYC fleets. Owen has experienced LTS as an instructor during his college years, as parent, and currently as parent of an instructor. Owen, and his wife Tracy, have recently become year-round residents of Harbor Springs.

Matt Breckenfeld [LTS Vice-President] (term ends October 2021)

Matt is an avid boater and father of two young sailors in the LTS program.  Matt most recently worked for Irish Boat Shop, and is currently cruising with his family on their sailboat Little Tern.  During summer evenings you’ll find him on the water — often racing Lasers with one or both of his sons on board.

Martin Grin (term ends October 2024)

Martin’s love of sailing started as an 8-year old at LTS and grew to be a participant in numerous fleets in Little Traverse Bay and the Great Lakes.  His association with LTS continued as an instructor throughout college and currently as a parent of four LTS sailing daughters.  Any of Martin’s sailing accomplishments pale in comparison to his lifetime total of over 1,000 Gurney’s sandwiches consumed and swims off the LTS dock that are too numerous to count…

Merritt Keffer [President] (term ends October 2025)

President@LittleTraverseSailors.org

Beth Kost [Secretary] (term ends October 2025)

Beth is a summer resident of Harbor Springs.  She lives in Nashville the rest of the year and brings a variety of volunteer experiences with nonprofit organizations to our board.  Beth is a huge fan of the LTS program and has one son who has been part of the LTS program for the past eight years. Though Beth is admittedly not an avid sailor herself, she has seen first-hand how sailing has brought joy to her son and husband and how sailing enriches their lives. On many summer days, you can find Beth on the LTYC porch watching the LTS activity and seeing the older instructors mentoring the youngest sailors.

Mara Lowry (term ends October 2026)

Sarah O’Brien (term ends October 2026)