Term ends November 30, 2019
Andy Smits was appointed to the Housing Commission in 2011 and is currently serving his second five-year term. Prior to his service to TCHC, he served the Grand Traverse County Economic Development Corporation and Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Boards. Andy works as a licensed, Professional Engineer with his practice focused upon environmental and geotechnical engineering. He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and serves as a volunteer to MTU on one of its engineering curricula advisory boards. He enjoys many outdoor sports and camping in his spare time. He is also a regular donor to Michigan Blood.
Andy was born and raised in the Detroit area. He moved to the area over 30 years ago and has lived in Traverse City for nearly 20 years. He is a proud father of a Central High School graduate who competed on the CHS debate, football, and lacrosse teams, graduated with honors, and attends college in Ann Arbor. Andy has been married for 30 years to Becky Smits, his partner in life and in businesses they started together.
Term ends November 30, 2018
Kay Serratelli has been a Housing Commissioner since 2011, is currently Vice-President, and served as President in 2012-13. She is retired from Dow Chemical Company, working over 30 years in Human Resources. Locally, she volunteers with the State Theatre and spent many years as a volunteer with Hospice of Michigan.
Kay and her husband have been Traverse City residents since 2008, moving here from Chicago. She has also lived and worked in Midland, Michigan, southern Illinois, and Houston, Texas.
Term ends November 30, 2020
Brian Haas is a Traverse City native with a strong interest in all housing needs in the City and surrounding areas. Brian was elected to the City of Traverse City Commission in 2015 and was appointed to serve as a regular member to the TC Housing Commission. He brings a diverse background of engineering, finance and business development experience to the board.
Brian currently owns a marketing agency based in Traverse City and Chicago, and understands the consequences the lack of accessible housing poses to a robust business community. When not at work or at a City meeting, Brian spends time with his wife and two young daughters, enjoying all the great outdoor opportunities in Northern Michigan.
Term ends November 30, 2021
Jim Friend was nominated as the designated “resident” commissioner by Mayor Jim Carruthers in 2017. His life’s travels exposed him to the acute need for high-quality affordable housing within all of our communities, a topic to which he is eager to lend his voice. After a long career in food and beverage management, he recently completed his ninth year of employment at Comfort Keepers. A long time area volunteer, he continues to give back to our community by serving as a Certified Peer recovery Mentor (CPRM) for Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (YouPickRecovery.org) and he is active in SGI (Soka Gakkai International), a Buddhist lay organization that promotes peace, culture, and education.
Born in Detroit, Jim relocated to Traverse City after living in Mexico and New York City. He has many fond memories of visiting this region as a child where his grandmother was born and raised.
Term ends November 30, 2022
A resident of the Grand Traverse Region since 1963, Heather Lockwood grew up in Traverse City involved in the community as an active outdoors woman with a fondness for skiing and sailing. She received her education at Traverse City Sr. High School, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern Michigan College and the University of Michigan. Upon her graduation she earned a BA in Literature, Science and Arts. In the '80s, Heather moved to California to sail and act, while paying the bills by waitressing until she earned her certification to work as a Financial and Operations Principal in the securities and banking industries. After meeting her husband, Bob Clark, and starting their family, they moved back to Traverse City in 1995 where she established a successful business as a Real Estate Associate Broker and has been helping people and families with their housing needs ever since.
Committed to the community, Heather has been involved in many local non-profit organizations; The Women's Council of Realtors, Traverse Area Association of Realtors, Traverse Area Community Sailing, Grand Traverse Ski Club, United States Ski and Snowboard Association, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Youth for Understanding international exchange program.
Heather is honored to be working with the housing commission and is eager to help create more affordable housing opportunities in our community.