Board Members

Nick Dieleman, President – Nick is a graduate of Hope College with a degree in Economics and Business Management. He moved with his wife and 3 kids to Traverse City in 2017 for work. He is the Northern Division Director for Fox Motors, in charge of the 9 automotive dealerships in Northern Michigan from Cadillac, MI up to Marquette. He joined the board 3 years ago due to the fact that his kids were spending every day there during the winter. His younger two now race for HRT and his oldest can be found snowboarding just about every day that he can.
Michelle Pearson, Vice President – Michelle began skiing at the age of 6 at Mt Holiday. In 1997, she became a National Ski Patroller (NSP) at Mt. Holiday and is still patrolling to date. Both of her children started skiing at the age of two and love Mt. Holiday and are now 21 and 19. Because of her husband and children she started the Mt. Holiday Jr. Ski Patrol, for kids from age 12-18 to give back to the ski area and hopefully decide to join the Nation Ski Patrol.  Now, as a board member she is able to give back even more to the future of Mt. Holiday!
Dave Ferris, Secretary – Dave has lived in Acme since 1976. He joined The National Ski Patrol around 1982 as a candidate at Mt. Holiday and served as patrol director for a couple of years. His four children and five grandchildren have grown up at Mt. Holiday. Dave started the Holiday Race Team (HRT) board and served one term as president while his kids were racing, then joined the Holiday board in 2009. He is now serving his second term as secretary. His family has skied at Mt. Holiday since the 1970s and will continue to support our local area. Currently his son and grandson continue at Holiday as race coaches.
  Brian Ockert, Treasurer – 
Jack Davis – Jack owns and operates RoasterJack Coffee Co in Traverse City, MI and is avid skier/snowboarder. His whole family is actively involved in the Holiday Race Team. He is passionate about promoting Mt. Holiday and outdoor activity for all ages. 
Mike Dorman – Mike is a third generation skier at Mt Holiday, making his first turns at the Record-Eagle Ski School in 1972. His Grandfather, Harry Dorman Sr., was part of the original “Holiday Hills” development group in 1947, and helped create the trails and lift paths we still use today. Mike’s Father, Harry Jr, was on the first Ski Patrol team in the mid 1950’s, and continues to be a supporter of the hill to this day. Mike’s Son, Wyatt, has been on the Jr. Ski Patrol, and is an avid park and Free -skier, taking 2nd place in the U.S Nationals in 2020.  Wyatt is part of the Holiday Park Crew, helping design and maintain the rails, jumps and park features that Mt. Holiday is known for statewide.  Mike is an avid skier, mountain biker and disc golfer, and has worked at Hagerty Insurance since 2009.
Mark GoethelMark has been skiing at Mt. Holiday since he was a child. His mother worked there seven days a week so he skied seven days a week. Holiday is where he met his wife and other great friends. It’s also where he developed his craft for video production which became his profession.
Janna Goethel – Janna is a Traverse City local with a passion for outdoor recreation and community.  She grew up at Mt. Holiday and spent many years as an employee before joining the board of directors in 2020. She looks forward to watching her own family grow up at Mt. Holiday.  Janna provides development support and manages fundraising and stewardship events for Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation (TART) Trails. 
Ron Harris, CPA – Ron has served on the Mt. Holiday board of directors as President, Vice President and Treasurer. Ron was drawn to Mt Holiday because of the opportunities it gives to children to get away from screen time to enjoy being outside. Additionally, skiing is one of the few lifelong sports where grand parents can participate with their grandkids. Ron’s background as a CPA helps the guide the financial aspect of the organization.
Dennis Hoxsie – Denny has served on the Mt Holiday Board of Directors since it was created in 1999. He took part in the original capital campaign to save Mt Holiday and bring it back into operation as a non-profit ski and recreation area. Denny is a longtime employee of Don Orr Ski and Beach Haus, a retired 5th generation farmer and fruit grower and an avid skier and sports enthusiast. He has spent countless hours volunteering for projects at both Mt Holiday and throughout the Northwest Michigan ski community. Denny believes that it is extremely important to the Grand Traverse area that Mt Holiday survives and flourishes for another 70 plus years.
Mike Kalisz – Mike has spent the past 20 years in the construction industry and works as a Senior Global Technologist for Jacobs Engineering where he specializes in Environmental Remediation, Dredging, and Design Constructibility.  Mike began his love for skiing when a boy scout trip brought him to Mt. Holiday where he put on skis for the first time and never looked back. His passion for skiing continued through college where he attended Michigan Tech University, and has taken him to almost every mountain in North America, some in Canada, and some in Europe. Now joining the BOD at Mt. Holiday this past year and getting his two boys up on skis for the first time, he has brought the love full circle. Other outdoor hobbies include High Adventure hiking/backpacking, golfing, playing soccer, travel, and family time.
Dan Packer – Dan has been skiing at Mt. Holiday for over 15 years.  Some of his best powder days have actually been right here on our local hill!  He has had the joy of watching kids grow up here year after year.  Mt. Holiday has been open to sharing experiences that no other ski area has to offer such as snow skating, downhill biking on snow and now an air bag to really up kids aerial skills.  
Kevin Perkins – Kevin is a Traverse City native who learned to ski at Mt. Holiday as a child. Kevin joined the board in 2016 and has also served as past treasurer. Kevin is currently serving on the board and is energized to maintain the hill for many generations to come. Kevin serves on the Mt. Holiday events committee, helping with the “Mud Sweat and Beers” race and as chair, has successfully planned fundraising events for Mt. Holiday such as “Dinner in the Hills. Kevin is a local Traverse City realtor at Coldwell Banker and when he’s not skiing in adult race league, he enjoys keeping his boat at Clinch Marina. Kevin, along with his wife Breeana, are currently helping to coach their toddler, Brecken on the ski hill.

OFFICE: 231-938-2500 | 3100 Holiday Road, Traverse City, MI 49686
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