ShareCare Board Bios
BARBARA ABBOTT grew up in Greenwich Connecticut. She has a PhD in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, and taught linguistics and philosophy of language for 30 years at MSU. She has been married to Larry Hauser for 23 years. They inherited a farmhouse from Barbara’s parents, Horace and Bobbie Abbott (very early ShareCare members) and retired to Lake Leelanau in 2006.
She enjoys singing in the Leelanau Community Choir, playing cello in the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, and playing piano and fiddle with a group of others at Dick’s Pour House on Wednesday afternoons.
SUSAN COBB (Treasurer) is a CPA who retired from Mierendorf and Co. in Comstock Park, MI in 2015. She has extensive experience assisting non-profit organizations in the Grand Rapids area, including the Dyer-Ives Foundation, Embellish Handbell Ensemble, and the Finance Committee and Trustees of First United Methodist Church. Sue is also the President of the Council on Finance and Administration for the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Sue and her husband Bob moved to Traverse City in May of 2015 and have enjoyed getting involved in the life of the area. Their older son Jeff and his family live just outside the city, and visits from the grandchildren are always welcome. Their younger son David lives in East Lansing. Sue enjoys music and is a member of the NMC Grand Traverse Chorale and Canticum Novum, as well as the Chancel Choir at Central UMC. Knitting, reading, and walking occupy whatever time remains.
LARRY COPPARD is retired from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. For 10 years he served as Senior Consultant responsible for the development of regional philanthropic programs in the arts, the environment, childhood obesity, community development and aging. Previously Larry was on the faculty and staff of the University of Michigan for 26 years in several positions at the School of Natural Resources, School of Education, the Department of Family Medicine, the School of Social Work and the Institute of Gerontology. Larry is married to Susan Ager, former columnist with the Detroit Free Press. They moved to Northport in 2001 from Ann Arbor. Larry also serves on the board of the Leelanau Township Community Foundation and the Northport Youth Sailing School.
DON FRERICHS is a Michigan native who was born in Detroit, graduated from University of Michigan (BS Chemistry ’65) and Wayne State School of Medicine (MD ’69). He served in the US Army (’70-’73) and returned to Detroit for an Internal Medicine residency at Henry Ford Hospital. He remained on the staff for 40 years involved in adult medicine, executive medicine, administration, and various hospital committees.
Don retired in 2012, moving full time to Northport in 2014 when his wife Kathy of 52 years retired from a clinical psychology practice. They have had a home in Northport since 2004 which is also enjoyed by their family (2 sons and 4 grandchildren). He enjoys biking, sailing, hiking around the globe with a group of buddies, reading, and working around the house (especially helping Kathy, a Master Gardener, with the garden work.)
LARRY HAUSER (Secretary) and his wife, Barbara Abbott, lived in Lansing until their retirement, in 2006. Then they moved to Leelanau County, into the farmhouse on the east side of North Lake Leelanau that they inherited from Barbara's parents, Horace and Bobbie Abbott. Horace and Bobbie were among the founding members of ShareCare and Larry attributes his own allegiance to ShareCare to being “mother-in-lawed in.”
Larry has a Ph.D. in philosophy and taught philosophy at Michigan State University and Alma College. He plays country-blues harmonica, and he also enjoys gardening and cooking.
is professor emerita from the University of Wisconsin Extension. She is a co-founder and consultant with a soft skills and job development program where she assists with grant writing, budget development and program evaluation.
A wife, mother and grandmother she taught K through the college level while raising a family. She worked at several universities as full-time and adjunct faculty. Patricia has also worked for and with several non-profit organizations primarily on rural health and special population issues.
Currently, she teaches classes which empower people to make healthy choices and improve their quality of life and access to health information.
ROBERT OLSON and his wife Sandi lived in East Grand Rapids during their careers, and spent weekends in Northport, having started the construction of their cottage in 1994. They have been married 44 years, and have two children, Dan in Grand Rapids, and Kristin in Ann Arbor, and two granddaughters.
Bob enjoyed a forty year career in architecture and retired as a partner in Cox-Medendorp-Olson Architects in 2010. Bob served on many boards and committees in Grand Rapids including the East Grand Rapids Planning Commission, Fountain Street Church board, and the Construction Specifications Institute.
ShareCare is an opportunity to "give back" for the assistance his parents received, and to allow people to age gracefully and maintain their independence as long as possible.
TIM WADE (Vice President) and and his wife Karen retired from the University of Michigan about year and half ago after living and working in Ann Arbor for 38 years. Tim worked in health care administration and academic management in various positions at the University and Health System including, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Oncology, Chemistry, and Neurology departments.
Both continue ties to the University and enjoy retirement in this beautiful peninsula. Tim is getting back to his love of photography (what better place to do that) and recently joined the Traverse Area Camera Club. He had two works in the annual benefit show at the Leland Art Center this past year.
Tim and Karen have two children. Their daughter recently married in Leland. She and her husband work for the Grand Rapids Schools. Their son works for the Mcknight Foundation in Minneapolis.
ANGELA WILLS (President) grew up in Detroit. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she traveled to Europe, found employment at the Berlitz Language Schools, and lived in Germany for 15 years. Six years after her return, in 1989, she and George were married and made their home in Novi, a suburb of Detroit. They have a blended family of 5 children and presently 5 grandchildren. When George retired from Ford Motor Co. in 2001 they moved to Leelanau County. She has been active in various organizations in the community since then and enjoys playing the Celtic harp, hiking, gardening and quilting.
ShareCare Staff Bios
Julie Tarr, Ed.D. (Executive Director)
Dr. Julie Tarr has worked successfully over the last 20 years to implement programs in underserved communities. Julie has special expertise in working with foundations, state agencies and nonprofit organizations on systems evaluation, strategic planning, capacity building and program development in place-based initiatives. Currently, she works part-time as the Executive Director of a nonprofit dedicated to senior citizens in Leelanau County, MI. In addition, she works as a consultant focusing on the nonprofit sector and has worked with many local organizations through the NorthSky Nonprofit Network, a program of Rotary Charities of Traverse City.
Most recently, Julie worked with BerryDunn on a data governance project for the Michigan Office of Great Start. She also has experience with a national foundation where she managed grant making and evaluation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She received her Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. Julie and her husband, Steven Lee, relocated to Leelanau County from New Jersey in February 2016. They enjoy being in the great outdoors in beautiful Northwest Michigan.
Debra Wetherbee (Office Manager)
Deb, born and raised in Northport, married her high school sweetheart, Tom. They went to Western Michigan University where Deb earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She worked in Kalamazoo as a Speech Clinician with severely mentally and physically impaired children.
In 1992 Deb and Tom returned to Northport to raise their two children. Deb worked at Matheson Greens Golf Course where she was the office manager, and even mowed greens for a summer. She then earned a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University and taught computer science at Northport Public Schools.
When not at work, you'll find Deb sailing on Lake Michigan, rock climbing in Kentucky, creating stained glass panels or best of all, being Grammie Bee to her five grandchildren.