Board of Directors/Staff

Our volunteer Board of Directors manages the organization and oversees our mission of promoting and preserving Pine Grove and Oakland County history.

Board members are elected for three year terms at the Annual Meeting in May. Officers are selected by the Board and serve for one year terms.

The Board meets once a month in the Carriage House on alternating Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

All members are welcome to attend. Please see our Events page for dates.

Board of Directors 2023/24:


  • President: Sara Cote, Highland
  • 1st Vice President: Dave Decker, Clarkston
  • 2nd Vice President: Connor Newton, Waterford
  • Secretary: Barbara Frye, Pontiac
  • Treasurer: Joy Dockham, Pontiac

Board Members:

  • Nancy Calendine, Pontiac
  • Charlotte Cooper, Clarkston
  • Bill Grandstaff, Romeo
  • Dyann Hayes, Bloomfield Hills
  • Gwen Markham, Novi
  • Evan Monaghan, Pontiac
  • Linda Porter, Pontiac
  • Rosie Richardson, Pontiac
  • Rita Ski, Birmingham
  • Rodger Zeller, Waterford

Directors Emeritus:

Those leaving our board after completing at least 10 years of service as a director receive the honorary title of Director Emeritus:

Gretchen Adler*
Amy Annett*
Bruce Annett
Janice Bell
Gaylor Forman
Priscilla Gayton
Jane Kamlay
Fred Liimatta*
Anne Liimatta
Charles Martinez*
Susan Metzdorf
Richard Stamps
Mike West*

*Denotes past President of OCPHS


Executive Director: Mike McGuinness

Our Society’s Executive Director, Mike McGuinness:

McGuinness comes to us from the staff of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. He served as Campaign Manager and Finance Director in her previous federal campaigns as well. Prior to that, he held multiple roles over six years at Towne Mortgage Company in Troy which included leading the marketing team, the appraisals process, and the home renovation loans process.

In addition to fundraising, organizing, and outreach, McGuinness has a strong record of community involvement. He was elected to the Pontiac City Council in 2021 and currently serves as Council President after stepping down from the Pontiac School Board in 2016 where he last served as Board President. From 2015 to 2019, McGuinness served a four-year term as Pontiac Arts Commission Chairman. He implemented multiple innovative programs, including the successful Pontiac Arts Crawl in downtown Pontiac in 2018 and 2019. He previously served on the Pontiac Charter Revision Commission as well.

McGuinness, 35, is a resident of Pontiac, on Union Street across from the historic Central Elementary School, and has been a member of our Society since 2011. He grew up in West Bloomfield and Pontiac, and graduated from Oakland University. While at Oakland, he was active on campus in multiple organizations, including being twice elected as Student Body President, and was an AmeriCorps National Service Member in the Pontiac community to help pay for college and make a difference.