Gene Stratton-Porter Society
2020 Board of Directors
Dave Fox, President
Dave Fox retired after 10 years as Site Manager of the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site and Natural History Section Manager for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites Corporation in 2019. During his tenure, his work was recognized with the Hoosier Hospitality Award presented by the Lt. Governor as the state’s highest honor for those in the tourism industry. Dave was honored to help preserve and further Gene’s legacy, working closely with the Society and family. After retiring, Dave and his wife, Tracy, relocated to Fort Myers, Florida, but never ventured far from GSP remaining active life members until Dave was elected President of the Society in 2020.
Dennis Noak, Vice President
Dennis has been a GSP Society Board Member for more than 10 years. He retired from the Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne and continued his love of gardening at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City. Dennis and his wife, Nancy, have been invaluable volunteers for many years. They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren at Sylvan Lake as well as in Wisconsin.
Shelby Vian, Treasurer
Shelby joined the GSP Society two years ago, stepping into the role of Treasurer. With a background in banking, she was a perfect fit. Shelby is a newlywed who resides in Auburn and works in Fort Wayne.
Sandie Kern, Secretary
Sandie is a retired elementary teacher, with many happy memories of the students and professionals she had the good fortune to work with. Her husband and she live in a home that was built in the late 1850s where they enjoyed good times raising their children and their dogs. Sandie and Jay try to keep up a flower garden and several flower beds, which is challenging at times. One plant they have in several places around the property is milkweed to provide the monarch butterfly a place to lay eggs. Their grandchildren help a lot with planting our flowers, and looking for caterpillars. May the good times continue!
Monica Meehan Berg, Board Member
Monica was born in Manhattan Beach, California and grew up in Redondo Beach, which makes her a true California girl. My parents, Jim and Ann Meehan, were both born in Los Angeles. She met her husband, Hans, when he came over to watch the 1984 Olympic Games. They married later that same year. Monica has two children, Ingrid and Kristian and the world's cutest grand daughter, Ellika. Monica’s Dad, Gene’s son Jim, made sure the family knew who Gene Stratton-Porter was from the time they were little. Every summer she got to visit my grandmother, Jeanette, for a week, and got to read Gene's book with her. Monica used to love hearing her stories of growing up in Indiana and roaming around all the places Gene wrote about. In 2018 Monica and Hans decided traffic in LA was just too much, and things were changing so they retired. They moved into a VERY active senior community in Laguna Woods, California where Monica has become a regular in the stained glass studio and is a supervisor there. The best part of living here is that they’re now only 7 minutes away from their granddaughter!
Carl Grove, Board Member
Carl and his wife, Diane, have lived on Sylvan Lake since 1989. He graduated from Anderson College and Ball State University with degrees in Business Management. Carl’s work career stated at General Motors in supervision. Then he worked for Borden for 13 years as the Eastern Regional Manager. Carl finished his career at AmTopp after 13 years which is based in Livingston, New Jersey as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He currently serves as the President of the Sylvan Lake Improvement Association.
Linda Tannas, Board Member
Linda is a retired English teacher and school media specialist. As a child, her parents took the family to numerous state historic sites, one of which was the Rome City home of Gene Stratton-Porter. She renewed her interest and acquaintance with Gene’s amazing life when she moved just down the lake from her cabin on Sylvan Lake. Linda did some volunteer work at the site as part of an Indiana Master Naturalist class and have been interested ever since. A delightful place to be.