LLPOA Board 

OFFICERS

President

Patti Thomas

Patti and her husband Jody moved to Loon Lake in 2017.  Patti says “We are still failing miserably at this downsizing project. We spend most of our “free” time repairing something that has broken at our little fixer upper.”  Patti loves Loon Lake because it’s the best of both worlds with crazy fun fast time and then night time chill’n on the boat with good friends during slow time. 

Vice President

Mike Wright

To those that I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Mike Wright, my wife is Judy and our dog’s name is Maggie, a Golden Retriever. We live at 5520 S 600 W on the East side of Loon Lake. Loon Lake is very special to me as it was the very first lake that Dad took me fishing back when DNR were marking beds. In 1985 we purchased a home on Brown Road that we used for a weekend retreat and vacations. In 1996 we sold that property because of a move we were making to Phoenix, AZ to spend the last 10 years of working so I could manage an association of 84,000 members living in 54 countries. Prior to that I spent 37 years in banking with the final 10 of that span working for STAR Financial Bank in Columbia City. My educational background consisted of grade school at Huntertown, Elmhurst High School and attended the University of Wisconsin with a degree in the Graduate School of Banking.

My hobbies are fishing, golf and ham radio for which I hold an advanced license and enjoy talking to people around the world.

We are looking forward to serving on your Board of Directors and will look forward to meeting those of you that I haven’t already met. BTW, I’ve been totally impressed with your current officers and board members. They are very special in my mind…

Treasurer

Tena Miller

Tena and her husband Rick moved into their new home  at Loon Lake on December 24, Christmas Eve in 2003!  What a time to move in!  They lived at Big Lake for over 20 years and were excited about lakefront living for the first time.  Their home is the 5th house on 600 W, next to the Loon Lisle Nature Reserve.  Tena retired from Parkview Health after 29.5 years as a registered nurse.  In her spare time, she enjoys her flower gardens, fishing and crafts.  Tena and Rick have a son who lives in California and a daughter in Fort Wayne.  She has five grandchild and enjoys them all very much.  They love swimming and all the other activities the lake has to offer.  Tena says, “Life just doesn’t get any better than being at the lake!  It brings people together!”

Secretary

Carol Kurtz

Carol purchased her home on Sycamore on Loon Lake in January 2000.  However, she first visited Heller’s Pointe in 1963 and continued visits throughout the years.  Her sister still owns the family home at the end of Maple Lane.  Carol can remember the grocery store/gas station, the rental fishing boats, the campground and she loves the history and legends of Loon Lake!  Carol has been on the Board since 2008 and a past Vice President.  She currently has an “encore” job with AVI Food Systems after spending 35 years in the fire protection industry.  Carol says, “Loon Lake is my constant and I am working hard to preserve it for all my children that visit the compound at Camp Aunt Carol!”

DIRECTORS

Gary Hicks

Gary has jumped in as a board member with both feet.  He started taking on the role as VP and completed his term as President. Gary continues to serve as a member of the board.  He has been very involved with the Lake Enhancement committee for the past several years prior to joining the board.  Gary and his wife Claire live on Brown Road.  Born and raised in Fort Wayne, they purchased their lake home in 2004.  In 2008 they made this their year-round home and began a huge renovation plan that spanned over 5 years.  Gary, being the handyman did almost all the work himself.  He is from Old National Bank and has 35 years experience in the financial services industry.  When not working he enjoys working in the yard, sailing, and about any project he can find around the house.  The Hicks have two daughters, both married with families.  Their girls and five grandchildren love coming to “Poppy’s” house at the lake!

Brian Clark

Brian and his wife Kelly moved from Fort Wayne to Loon Lake in 2007 after their two daughters finished school. Brian and Kelly first met at Michigan State University in 1979 and are still avid Spartan fans. They first lived on Arnold road for 10 years before building their retirement home on the east side of the lake in 2017.  Brian retired from Zimmer in 2018 and Kelly is a teacher in Fort Wayne looking forward to her time to retire in the near future. Brian and Kelly enjoy camping and traveling and enjoying bonfires by the lake.

Bob Gallivan

Originally from Bluffton Indiana, Bob and Greta purchased their home on Loon Lake in December 2008 and moved to the lake permanently in September 2014.  Bob and Greta have two sons, Gunnar Heller and Brandan Heller and six grandchildren.  Bob is a retired heavy equipment operator.  He mows the Loon Lisle Nature Reserve on Loon Lake and hosts the annual pancake breakfast.  Bob served in the Marines and is a Vietnam veteran. 

Karen Treat

Karen Treat moved to Loon Lake in 2007 with Mark Newman after years of visiting friends who had homes on the lake.  They live on Sycamore Drive.  Karen is retired from General Motors.  She has one daughter, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  Karen enjoys fishing and hanging around with friends on their pontoon.

Geoff Velpel

Board Member Bio. Geoff and wife Sara moved to the north end of Loon Lake in 2014.  They have four children scattered across 3 states who visit throughout the year. They look at living on the lake like being on vacation every day, and find Loon to be very peaceful.  They are proud to be a member of the LLPOA because of its many activities, accomplishments and strengths.  Geoff is a virtually retired dentist, and Sara works 1-2 days/week as a nurse. They enjoy many activities outside from landscaping/improving their home and property and gardening, to kayaking, boating, fishing, and tubing the grandkids.  They also enjoy walks around the lake area, golf and entertaining their children and grandchildren throughout the year.  Geoff became a new board member in 2019 and desires to help Loon stay and progress in becoming a very desirable community to reside in, and set and example for other lake associations and boards to achieve as fine of a place to be and live as possible.  “I would like to see Loon Lake and Tippecanoe wastershed protected from pollutions with great fishing opportunities developed, along with all water sport oppertunities as well.”   In 2020 Geoff took the day long course with TWF and was certified to do different water tests and submit the results to the state and TWF data bases. Geoff and Sara also spent 1/2 day at Crooked Lake biological station learning to identify aquatic plants and weeds and water bugs our fish feed on.  “Lets make and have great summer times on and around Loon.  Ski, tube, and fish on!”  

Michael  Cornyn

Michael Cornyn was born in Dayton, Ohio on September 11, 1951. He graduated from Springboro High, Springboro, Ohio in 1969, then graduated from Wright State University with a BS and MS in Geology. He is married to Aprel Frye-Cornyn whom they have 4 grown daughters and 9 grandchildren unfortunately spread across the United States. Michael is retired from the Oil/Gas Industry which he worked in for over 40 years. He and his wife have spent the majority of their lives (37 years) in Lafayette, Louisiana with additional stints in Jackson, MS and Houston, TX. The Cornyn’s have owned property along Loon Lake since 2007. He is a Indiana licensed professional geologist and enjoys hobbies including wood working, ham radio and traveling”  

Kathy Ehinger

My name is Kathy Ehinger. My husband Phil and I bought a cottage on Loon Lake in 2016 and fell in love with the lake and our neighbors! We built our forever home in 2020! We have 3 wonderful kids and 2 AWESOME dogs!! I have taught for 34 years! 33 years in Fort Wayne and 1 year in Whitley County at Northern Heights! My husband and I got involved in lake life immediately! We ran the Poker Run for 6 years and I did the sign for a year!! We love our lake!! Can’t wait to see what the future holds for the lake!!