Tess Nelkie, b. 1952, is a teacher/consultant for the hearing impaired with the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency. She has worked in this capacity since 1974. Along with her husband, Gary, Tess is co-owner/operator of Nordic Sports (www.n-sport.com), an outdoor specialty store in East Tawas, Michigan. Her interests, outside of work, include adventure and solitude. She prefers to fish where others aren’t.
Tess has been on the Anglers of the Au Sable Board since 1992. She chairs the annual “Au Sable River Words” writing contest, which is offered to high school students who live along the Au Sable riverine. In addition, Tess is an active board member of the Corsair Trail Council, a nonprofit group that maintains 56 km. of cross-country skiing and hiking trails in Iosco County. She is involved, as well, with the Corsair Trail Council’s production of a traditional music concert series, established in 1991, in her local community. Tess has been on the executive board and negotiating team of the Iosco R.E.S.A. Federation of Teachers since 1976. She is a past board member of the Michigan Wildlife Habitat Foundation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Deaf Education – Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in Education – Marygrove College.