Our Staff

Susan Pocklington, Director
Having graduated with honors in Parks and Recreation Administration from Michigan State University, and possessing a passion for historic preservation, Susan has found her niche at Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. Most of her work experience has been helping non-profit organizations, including Greenhills School Development Department, Oakland University Meadow Brook Estate, and six years as Director and Co-founder of the Leelanau Center for Education Adult Enrichment Programs in Glen Arbor.  She has held three positions at PHSB since the year 2000, becoming Director in the Fall of 2007.


Susan is an accomplished musician as a flutist and vocalist. She has served as principal flutist in the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, and second flute in the Plymouth Symphony. Among her other performances, you can often find her singing the National Anthem for various local functions. Originally from Plymouth, Michigan, she attributes some of her love of history to her grandfather who was instrumental in building the Plymouth Historical Museum. She enjoys outdoor activities – hiking, biking, athletics, kayaking, travel, tennis – and her musical pursuits.

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