Rob Karner  — Watershed Biologist

Rob throwing anchorRob has worked on and off for the Glen Lake Association since 1977. Currently, he is serving as our watershed biologist, newsletter columnist and occasional website photographer. You can often find him in the middle of Glen Lake or Fisher Lake, taking water samples, teaching on the Discovery Boat, working with riparians on their greenbelt buffers, or explaining the life cycle of swimmer’s itch. In addition to the water quality committee, he also works with the long-range planning committee and serves as chairperson for “Leelanau Clean Water” for Leelanau County.

Rob received his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in Zoology and Biological Science. He earned a master’s degree in Biological Science with emphasis in Freshwater Biology from The University of Michigan.

Rob is a retired biology teacher (of 38 years at Leelanau School) and now works for the Glen Lake Association on a year-round flexible schedule as a part-time employee.

His high regard for the Glen Lake Watershed and its protection and preservation is evident in all his activities. Rob has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and has taught Marine Biology in the Florida Keys, Bonaire, and in the British Virgin Islands. His hobbies include reading, snorkeling, bird watching, cross-country skiing, computers, and cycling. Rob also runs his own photography business specializing in portraits and nature photography.

Sallyanne Morris — Boat Wash Supervisor/ Office Manager

SallyAnneMorrisonA horticulturist by training, Sallyanne says her job is right up her alley.

She was delighted to become a part of the Glen Lake Association after spending years visiting the area as child on family vacations. When she and her husband, Jim, retired in Leelanau County she found the perfect job.

Sallyanne has a B.S. degree from Michigan State University and wears two hats for GLA.  She supervises the Boat Wash program at the public launch site on Little Glen Lake from June through the end of October (weekends only in October).  She also spends approximately 10 hours a week year round as office manager for the association.

Plant identification expertise comes in handy in her job as she works to protect the watershed and keep Glen Lake healthy. “At the launch, I have the most beautiful office anywhere,” Sallyanne says. “I enjoy meeting and educating people about invasive species and communicating the importance of taking care of this resource.” With the other boat wash staff, they give out information, check for potential invasives on watercraft, motors and trailers and examine live bait.

A violinist, glass artist, bicyclist and gardener, Sallyanne is committed to keeping Glen Lake one of the cleanest and healthiest inland lakes in the country.