Mark Friebel: Mark joined the Port Authority Board in 2019. He is a private pilot and flies to his summer home on the island frequently. Mark worked at Arcelor Mittal in Shelby, Ohio for 42 years and now is retired. Mark has been a private pilot for 42 years.

Vice Chairman: Robert Stausmire

Bob joined the board Jan. 2017. He is replaced Karl Schmidlin who retired December 2016. Bob owns a home on Middle Bass Island that belonged to his family since the 1950's. He has been a ferry boat Captain since 1978 and is currently working for Miller Boat Line in the summer. Bob has also done carpentry and project management work for a number of years.

Put-in-Bay Twp
Port Authority


The Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority board is appointed by the Put-in-Bay Township Trustees.

Board of Directors

Lorna Strayer: Lorna joined our board in May 2020. She retired from Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio as CEO. Lorna worked at Fisher-Titus for 33 years. She has a home on Put-in-Bay.

Board Member Chris Ladd:

Chris joined the board July 2017. Chris was born and raised on Put-in-Bay. He owns a home here with his wife and has two children. Chris works for the Village of Put-in-Bay. Chris also has a lot of experience on Lake Erie. 

Chairman: Rick Ziebarth

Rick owns a home near the airport on Put-in-Bay and is the owner/pilot for the "Baystormer"

Bi-plane tour rides. Rick is a full-time pilot. He joined the Board in 2015.