Meet Our Board

Jim KomenderaDr. James C. Komendera

Dr. James Komendera has been a homeowner on Old Mission Peninsula for the past 13 years. He became actively involved in the effort last summer to oppose the 81 on East Bay as it was proposed, citing conflicts with the local zoning ordinance and master plan of the peninsula. “If you read Sec 8.3.1(3)(f) of the local zoning ordinance, the conflict is obvious.  The conflict is even greater with the Master Plan,” he states.  After approval of this project by the township board, Dr. Komendera and many other homeowners felt it necessary to have an advocacy group for the Peninsula beyond the local governing body, and above any personal or financial interests that are attached to these projects.  


ShellyShelly Drew

Shelly Drew is a relative newcomer to the Traverse City area.  She and her family were drawn here by its unparalleled beauty and small town feel.  Working in healthcare and caring for her two school-aged children keep her days full.   Being a woman of faith, a mother, and a concerned resident of Old Mission Township drew her to become actively involved in Preserve Old Mission.   She believes that it is important to be a steward of our land and surrounding waters, to sustain its beauty and its integrity, and to keep it safe for our children and their children to come.  Shelly feels that we as a community must do our due diligence to strike a balance between development and preserving what those before us worked so hard to protect.  She is happy to be serving as Preserve Old Mission’s Treasurer.


CarylCaryl Mallan Osborn

Caryl Mallan Osborn moved to Old Mission Peninsula in the fall of 2010.  After falling in love with the area during a vacation, the move here was inevitable. The transition from Tampa, FL was an easy one.  The area’s beauty and lifestyle fit the ideals of the future for Caryl and her husband, Chuck.  Being raised in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia, the area’s pristine beauty reminds her of her youth.  Caryl joined Preserve Old Mission with the passion of wanting others to understand the importance of land preservation and maintaining the splendor the peninsula has to offer today and for future generations.  Every day she is on Old Mission Peninsula, she is compelled to pinch herself to be sure having the opportunity to live in such a beautiful area is real, while declaring, “we live here!”


JohnJohn Jacobs

John Jacobs began spending summers in Old Mission as an infant. Mostly retired as a CEO/founder of IT technology businesses, John is now able to spend a six month “summer” here. Preservation of Old Mission’s special character and quality of life is one of John’s top passions. He believes that Old Mission is one of the rare remaining places where children can explore and play safely, people take care of their neighbors and even strangers, and people can walk to the beach or in the woods protected from the onslaught of modern life. John feels we have an obligation to future generations to preserve this unique spot and its way of life. A special interest of John’s is development of public policy promoting carefully considered development that retains community character. In addition to serving on POM’s board, John has been president for the past 5 years of the Leffingwell Forest Preserve, which maintains a tract of near-virgin forest in Old Mission.