GT Humanists Board

Scott Blair President: Scott Blair

Scott Blair has been the President since 2018. He has represented our group and the humanist perspective at local forums and in classrooms. He has a background in biology and is a consultant in wastewater treatment operations and a former manager of the Traverse City Wastewater Treatment Plant. Scott sails, skate skis, builds things and always carries a sharp jackknife in his pocket (for peaceful purposes). He lives in the woods near Traverse City with his wife Suzette.

Dr. Mark Elliott Vice-President: Dr. Mark Elliott

Mark Elliott is a cardiologist with Traverse Heart and Vascular in Traverse City. Mark enjoys bicycling, beekeeping, and the beautiful waters of Grand Traverse Bay. He also loves music, and is especially fond of hearing his wife, Heather, sing.

Heather Kingham Secretary: Heather Kingham

Heather Kingham is founder and director of TC Sings! Community Choir. Heather moved to Traverse City from Portland, Oregon, where she was active in the Humanists of Greater Portland. Heather loves to ski and enjoys snowy Michigan winters as much as spectacular sunny summers. She lives on Old Mission Peninsula with her husband Mark, dogs Zoey and Charlotte Fox, and cat Belle.

Sue McDonald Treasurer: Sue McDonald

Sue McDonald is a former librarian with degrees from Michigan State, Wayne State, and Graceland University. She moved here from Kansas City, Missouri. Sue has three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, walking, sailing, movies, and Traverse City!

Doug Moser At-Large: Doug Moser

Doug Moser retired recently after 30 years of work in the Behavioral Health field. He is a local musician, and also enjoys the outdoors, camping, and photography.

Marlene Smith At-Large: Marlene Smith

Marlene Smith is a former high school science teacher with certifications at the Master’s Degree level in Biology and Geology. Marlene joined the Grand Traverse Humanists in 2014 when she moved to Traverse City from Arlington Virginia and later became a board member. In addition, she is active with the Democratic Party, Equal Justice Initiatives and Environmental preservation groups. In her free time Marlene enjoys bicycling, hiking, yoga and reading.

Linnaea Melcarek At-Large: Linnaea Melcarek

Linnaea Melcarek is a grower and manager at her family’s wholesale greenhouse business, Florigen Greenhouses. She’s a former journalist at Interlochen Public Radio, and continues to produce regular content for IPR News. Linnaea is also a longtime volunteer at WNMC, where she is currently the director of World music. Linnaea loves many outdoor activities, especially kayaking, hiking, running and biking. She’s always on the lookout for new adventures, big and small, and seeks to find the extraordinary in overlooked places.