Thank you for taking the time to vote for the 2023 Directors positions for the Genesee County Historical Society. Simply enter your name, email, and choose for not more than five board members, then click the Submit button. The results will be tallied by the Secretary of the GCHS, and then announced at the 2023 Annual Heritage Dinner, on May 11th, which will be held at Brick Street in Grand Blanc.
LEARN ABOUT THE CANDIDATES:
TRACY LEIGH FISHER
Both of Tracy’s paternal and maternal grandparents migrated from outside Michigan—Missouri and Wisconsin respectively—to work in the auto industry in the Flint area. She graduated from Grand Blanc High School, and then received her Bachelors degree from Michigan State University. She is married to Gary L. Fisher, GCHS board member and president. She has a management and marketing background, also spending many years working as an artist, participating in several of the Flint Art Institute art fairs. You can see some of her children’s murals locally at Hurley Hospital. Today, she works with Gary as the operations manager for G.L. Fisher Capital Management, their wealth advisory firm, located in the Mott Foundation Building.
Tracy has been on the board for since 2019, first appointed to a vacant seat, then was elected to a three year term in 2020. She has been heavily involved in many of the operations of the Society over the last four years, including programs, membership, sales, and publications & publicity. Currently, Tracy is the chairperson of the Communications Committee (Publications & Publicity). As the editor-in-chief of The Historian magazine, she also does all of the planning of the issues, creates the graphic design and layout herself, organizes the contributors, writes occasional articles, edits, and manages the printing.
DAVINA KUH JAKOBI
Born and raised in New York City, Davina has been working in the field of conservation since the age of 16, and was lucky enough to get an internship with the Museum of Modern Art. Davina attended University of Delaware for her undergrad, where she double majored in Art Conservation and Art History, and minored in Art. She then went on to obtain two masters at University College London, her MA in Principles of Conservation and her MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums. Working in conservation with various institutions throughout Europe (in Portugal, England, Scotland, Greece, the Netherlands, and Germany) over the past decade, she has come to specialize and write papers about various subjects, such as sporting heritage, maritime heritage, and technical research. After completing her MSc dissertation, Davina worked with the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, then went to Bremerhaven to work with the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum). Then she returned stateside to work with the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. She specializes in conservation, preservation, technical object-based research, and policy creation, and is particularly passionate about outreach and collaboration.
She started working with the Whaley Historic House Museum as Executive Director in 2019 and has absolutely fallen in love with Flint. She says, “I am continuously heartened by the sense of community, camaraderie, loyalty, and welcome that I constantly feel here.” Today, Davina is the Manager of Curatorial Affairs at Applewood Estate and Conservator and Collections Preservation Specialist.
In 2021, Davina generously stepped into the role of Curator/Archivist for the Society, and has now taken on the extremely important role of Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, formulating a clear strategy to help us continue ‘telling our story’, as well as raising monies, for example, to help with the care and maintenance of the GCHS’s most important asset, the Arches in downtown Flint.
Harriet is a graduate of Kingswood Cranbrook HS, and majored in American Studies at Albion College. Harriet has a very rich family history right here in Genesee County—in fact, her family history IS the history of Flint, and includes the foundations of its business and political structure.
A long-time board member for over 15 years, she has served much of that time as Treasurer and her institutional knowledge of the Society is indispensable. Harriet is a regular contributor to our magazine, The Historian. As we continue to grow, her time and dedication spent in her role has also multiplied tenfold. Harriet serves as the GCHS liaison to the historic Glenwood Cemetery in our efforts to cross promote our organizations.
Jim was born a Flintstone, at Hurley Hospital, the grandson of a true-blue sit-down striker. He graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint, with a Bachelors in communications. He has spent the last 30 years in the publishing business. Jim also owns Varsity DJs, his Lansing-based business where he manages a team of deejays and technicians providing services throughout Michigan, other states in the region, and Florida.
If you've been to Back to the Bricks, or to many of our events, you may have seen Jim there, as he is a stalwart volunteer, providing audio support and lending a hand. He also has assisted in technical, design, and publishing advice during production of our publication, The Historian.
Dylan grew up on the Southside of Flint as the oldest of six children. Higher education was a priority in his family, driving Dylan to seek a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Studies (Urban Pedagogy) from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a Master of Business Administration in Innovation Management and Marketing from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is a former certified teacher, elementary education and K-12 Spanish, with his first teaching assignment in the Southside of Chicago, followed by a position in Detroit where he taught Spanish, and then finally he returned to his roots to teach students in Flint.
Today, he acts a Business Development Manager for the Flint and Genesee Economic Alliance, and most recently has jumped back into the education arena, this time in educational policy, just recently being elected as treasurer to the Flint Board of Education.
2023 Annual Heritage Dinner Info
If you wish to attend the dinner, please buy your ticket in advance (May 5), as we need to provide the restaurant with a headcount so they can prepare properly for the event.
Click here to learn more about the event and this year's History Makers.
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