I don’t deny how lucky I am to have Northern Michigan as the backdrop to most of my life I constantly find myself inserting special memories into most conversations I have. Memories of days spent on the Bear River behind my parents’ home in Petoskey, of exploring the Freschette lake and creek running through my grandparents’ resort in St. Ignace, of swimming and fishing in Little Traverse Bay, Lake Charlevoix, Burt Lake, and Walloon Lake, of the clear blue of the Straits, of sunrises on Lake Huron, and sailing out to sun sets over Lake Michigan. And now, I won’t deny how blessed I am to be able to use these memories with other skills I gained at the University of Michigan, on Capitol Hill, and from starting my own company, to further the mission of Freshwater Future. The commitment I share with Freshwater Future and the organizations we help to preserve these Great Lakes began long ago, and ensures we have a lot of work to do. But in so many ways and with all that the lakes give us, it makes that work a privilege.