MEET THE TEAM
Get to know the people behind the Ponderosa Center
Board of Directors, President
Michael Eck, is a founding principal of the Ponderosa Center and is passionate about creating a vibrant, imaginative gathering space that fosters knowledge, imagination, social, and culture enhancing experiences that will shape our community through the generations. Mike and his wife, Nancy lived in Europe and throughout the US; and are now fortunate to call beautiful McCall home. Their love for the area is shared by his entire family including his three grandchildren Piper, Lincoln and Adeline.
Michael spent his professional career in the medical diagnostics and biotechnology industry in senior management roles. He was the founder and CEO of two biotechnology companies, AcroMetrix and Domus Institute. Additionally, Michael was a member of our Armed Services, serving as a Captain in the US Army.
Michael is an active member of Rotary International and currently serves as a Board member of two non-profit organizations.
Board of Directors, Vice President & Facilities-Operations Chair
Bob Looper is the President and Managing Director of Brundage Mountain Company, with a focus on strategic planning and future development. Bob graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is a founding member of US Holdings, LLC and a principal of Summit Energy, LLC. Bob has over 30 years of experience in power plant development including engineering, construction, financing and operations. Bob has served on the Brundage Mountain Company Board of Directors since 2008, was a Board Member of the Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and the Bogus Basin Recreational Association’s Executive Committee. He is the President of the Idaho Ski Area Association, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Payette Brewing Company and Member of the Board of Director’s of the Ponderosa Center. He and his wife, Kitty, have a home in McCall as well as Boise and have three adult children.
Board of Directors, Treasurer & Finance Chair
Chet is a native of Nevada and a seasoned global executive with over 39 years in the professional services industry with Deloitte LP, holding US and Global CEO and executive positions and serving some of his firms most complex global clients. An avid outdoorsman, he has been visiting and living in Idaho for nearly 50 years, and now makes his home full time in McCall. He attended the College of Idaho where he met his wife Debbie; served on the College’s Board of Trustees for over four years and has been active in several non-profits for decades.
Board of Directors, Secretary
Margie was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA but after marriage lived in the Midwest for many years; Sioux Falls SD & Sioux City, IA. She and her husband, Richard bought their home in McCall in 2004 and are full-time residents. They have four grown children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Margie is involved at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the McCall Music Society and P.E.O. along with participating as a Board Member for Ponderosa Center, Inc.
Board of Directors, Past-President
Sherry has recently returned to the real estate industry after a distinguished career with Idaho First Bank in McCall as Vice President- Chief Deposit Officer and is a Valley County Commissioner. Sherry serves the regional community through her board position on the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council (WCMEDC), The West Central Mountains Community Foundation (WCMCF) as Board President, as a Steering Committee Member on the WCM Community Partnership and as a Board Member and Campaign Cabinet Member of the Ponderosa Center. Sherry has served in numerous leadership roles with the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce.
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David was born in Northern California, but has always felt that McCall was his home. From the age of seven, he has spent nearly every summer and winter vacation here. After gaining a degree in International Relations and Economics from Boston University, David lived in London for nine years, working as a manager in five-star, luxury hotels. David and his wife, Ruth, moved to McCall in 2004 and are thrilled to be raising their two children here.
David is an active participant in several organizations and is committed to the success of the community. He has served on the Board of Directors for the McCall-Donnelly Education Foundation since its formation, as President for three years and is currently Vice-President. David served on the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for four years and is part of the Marketing & Special Events, and Facilities & Operations Committees of the Ponderosa Center.
Janell Strosnider McGill
Board Member, Marketing Chair
Janell’s love for the mountains was nurtured growing up in Montana with family time spent at Swan Lake. Her journey to McCall began nearly 20 years ago with the purchase of a family cabin and many a weekend enjoying Brundage Mountain or Payette Lake. She and her partner, Carl, and Tucker, their Griffon, became full-time residents and thoroughly enjoy exploring and sharing the beautiful McCall area with friends and family.
Though Janell has owned/operated Milligan Events for the past 16 years, a Boise-based global event management company, her professional career encompasses a diverse set of managerial and accounting positions at Albertson’s Corporation, AMRESCO Commercial Finance and, Animal Emergency and Referral Center of Idaho. She is a member of the Women Business Owner’s National Council and Leadership Forum with special recognition as a National Women’s Business Enterprise Star in 2011. She is also a member of MPI, PCMA and a global travel and tourism initiative to prevent the exploitation of children, TheCODE.org. In addition to fulfilling United Way of Treasure Valley and Leadership Boise roles, Strosnider has previously served on Boards including Hays Shelter Home, Northwest Animal Companions, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho, and the Idaho Humane Society. Janell holds a Bachelor’s in Finance from Boise State University.
Janell’s collaborative outlook and confidence in the power of bringing people together is a valuable resource for us as we navigate this rapidly changing world of events to create a space that truly fosters community for years to come.
Janell enjoys skiing, snow shoeing, biking and huckleberry picking when in season.
Board Member, Community Relations Chair
Kathy and her husband, Tom, are retired and live full-time in McCall. They love the outdoors and spend their time skiing, hiking, biking and traveling. Kathy retired from Boise Cascade Corporation and OfficeMax after 30 years of employment in human resources and benefits. Kathy is a member of the Progressive Club and serves as the Community Relations Committee Chair.
Board Member, Program Chair
Joan Edwards brings a wealth of experience in higher education and foundation administration to the Ponderosa Center organization. She is the Co-Chair of the Campaign Cabinet, Board Member and part of the Community Relations Committee. Dr. Edwards dedicated 35 years of her career to the advancement of community colleges. She served as Vice President of Planning, Research and Development at the College of Southern Idaho and developed the CSI Foundation. She was the Vice President of Planning, Research and Development at the College of Western Idaho, served as a founding member of the CWI Foundation and was part of the President’s Cabinet. Dr. Edwards has served on numerous boards throughout her career, including Southern Idaho Learning Center, the St. Alphonses Hospital Foundation, the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, the National Council for Resource Development, the National Institute for Leadership Development and the McCall Hiking Club. Joan and her husband Mel are active members of the McCall Community, as well as avid bike riders and skiers.
Board of Directors
Michael (Mike) Anderson is one of the original incorporators of Ponderosa Center, Inc. and has been participating in this initiative from its inception. He has been a permanent resident of McCall for 30 years and is the Designated Broker and co-owner (with his wife, Beverly) of the McCall Real Estate Company. His professional background includes residential and commercial construction, land development, aircraft certification & modification, and manufacture of aviation & marine products. He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as both a Commercial Pilot and A&P aircraft mechanic with Inspection Authorization. Mike is active in local economic and community development pursuits and has served on a number of committees and boards including: The McPaws Regional Animal Shelter, The Idaho Aviation Foundation, and The McCall Airport Advisory Committee. His many varied interests include bicycling, Alpine and Nordic skiing, hiking, camping, backcountry flying, boating, and motorcycling.
Board of Directors
Kristi Thomasson is a high-energy financial executive with a proven, 28-year career track record of driving financial and operational improvements in both growth and challenging economic environments. In addition to being technically strong and hands-on with a deep background in accounting, finance, and internal controls, she has a broad experience base of operations management, safety and quality systems, lean six sigma, material control, logistics, global operations and strategic planning. As a result, Kristi is a strategic thinker with a broad understanding of the business and a unique ability to dive deep into the detail. Kristi’s extensive global experience includes selling, distributing, and manufacturing both consumer and industrial products in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia in both developed and developing markets. She also has led the acquisition of companies in Asia and North America, while managing joint ventures in Asia. Over her career, Kristi has enjoyed creating a collaborative work environment that stimulates employee engagement.
Kristi is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Duracell Company (a Berkshire Hathaway Company). Kristi joined the Berkshire Hathaway family in February 2010 as Sector CFO for Marmon Holdings, Inc. Before relocating to Chicago to join Marmon, Kristi had a fifteen-year career with Sea Ray Boats, headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over the fifteen years at Sea Ray Boats, Kristi held positions of increasing responsibility finally as Chief Financial Officer for five years.
Kristi’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and she is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive TN license).
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Penny has a bachelors degree in history from the University of Idaho and a Master of Arts in communications from American University. For six years she was the media spokesperson for the United States Marine Corps in Washington DC, reaching the rank of Captain. She spent two years working in the corporate world before quitting to write novels. She has fourteen published works in the genres of historical romance, mainstream historical women’s fiction, historical mystery and contemporary thrillers. Two of her romances were winners of the RITA Award for best historical romance of the year. Her mainstream historical, The Outsider, was made into a movie starring Naomi Watts. Her most recent novel, a contemporary thriller, Altar of Bones, written under the pseudonym Philip Carter, spent six weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. She and her husband Derek have lived in McCall for ten years. She has served as vice president and president on the boards of the Friends of the McCall Public Library and the Payette Lakes Progressive Club, and as vice. president of the St Luke’s Auxiliary.
Walt and Kristin Sinclair
Campaign Cabinet (Co-Chairs) and Board Member
Walt and Kristin are both Idaho natives who live in McCall. They have a son (22) who lives in Montana.
Kristin attended the University of Utah undergrad and then received her MBA from the University of Washington, with an emphasis in Marketing. She worked for Ore-Ida/Heinz as a product manager for the bulk of her career and continues as an occasional marketing consultant. Her primary focus is as a community volunteer and an evolving empty nester/retiree. She is currently serving on the board of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in addition to her involvement with the Ponderosa Center.
Walt attended Stanford University with an Economics undergrad degree and he attended the University of Idaho College of Law for his legal degree. His career as a trial lawyer had an emphasis on complex business litigation matters representing many of Idaho’s and national large companies. Walt has and continues to volunteer extensively in the community including the Idaho Community Foundation, The Idaho Shakespeare Festival, St. Luke’s Medical System Strategic Initiative committee and now the Ponderosa Center, where he co-chairs the Capital Campaign committee with Kristin.
Walt & Kristin both love to snow and water ski, golf, travel and read.
Chet and Debbie Wood
Debbie is an aspiring artist with a love of McCall and Idaho. She has lived off and on in Idaho for over 50 years (with stops in San Francisco, Sydney Australia, Stamford CT.) and now lives full time in McCall with her husband, Chet. She trained at Silvermine School of Arts in New Canaan, CT. while on the east coast and attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell, Idaho. She enjoys all that McCall has to offer, especially the great out of doors and the community of fascinating people. A mother and grandmother, she relishes time watching them grow and experiencing Idaho and the world.
Chet is a native of Nevada and a seasoned global executive with over 39 years in the professional services industry with Deloitte LP, holding US and Global CEO and executive positions and serving some his firms the most complex global clients. An avid outdoorsman, he has been visiting and living in Idaho for nearly 50 years, and now makes his home full time in McCall. He attended the College of Idaho where he met his wife Debbie; served on the College’s Board of Trustees for over four years and has been active in several non-profits for decades.
Richard Surbeck moved to McCall in 2004 from Sioux City, Iowa. While living in the Midwest, Surbeck was employed as Senior Vice President of Dain Bosworth, a New York Stock Exchange member firm, now known as RBC Wealth Management. He was also active in a number of community organizations including the board of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra Association, the Board of the Siouxland Regional Cancer Center, the Sioux City Rotary Club and served a three year term as a Director of the Sioux City Community School District. He was also active as a Junior and Senior Warden of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Sioux City. Shortly after retirement in 1998, he was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director of the Sioux City Symphony. He held that position for a year.
Richard is a member and Treasurer of St Andrew’s Episcopal Church in McCall and is a member of the McCall Rotary Club. He and his wife Margaret have four grown children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Bruce Ludwig is CEO of Ludwig Capital, an International Real Estate consulting and capital supplier to real estate investors around the world.
As the Development Director for the Ponderosa Center, Nicole supports the Board of Directors, Campaign Cabinet and Committees in every aspect of developing the Center and its future. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, she attended the University of New Orleans. Her diverse professional background includes event planning, retail bank management, financial sales and non-profit management. During her time with the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau she assisted in the creation of the Visit McCall magazine, development of the West Central Mountains Leadership Academy, and participation in the America’s Best Communities Contest Committee. Nicole has served in Board leadership roles in the Amite, Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliary, Amite Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Board of Directors for the North Tangi Soccer Association and numerous committee appointments through the years. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the West Central Mountains Economic Development Council, the Meadows Valley Community Foundation and a member of the Payette Lakes Progressive Club. Nicole, her husband and two children relocated to the West Central Mountains in 2013 and look forward to being a part of this amazing community for many years to come.
Kathy Menten, Chair
Mark & Lisa Schneider
Tim & Nadeane Rutledge
Dan & Lisa Ostermiller
Janell McGill. Chair
Facilities & Operations
Bob Looper, Chair
Dave Peugh, Epikos
Wayne Ruemmele, Epikos