Tess Nelkie (1952) is a retired teacher/consultant for deaf and hard of hearing students in Iosco
County. She and her husband, Gary, are co-owners of Nordic Sports, an outdoor specialty store
in East Tawas, Michigan. Her interests include fishing, photography, birding, and pretty much any outdoor activity.
Tess has been on the Anglers of the Au Sable board since 1992. She chairs the annual “Au
Sable River Words’ writing contest and manages the college scholarships that Anglers offers
each year to one undergraduate Michigan State University student and one undergraduate Lake
Superior State University student from the colleges’ Schools of Natural Resources. Tess also
represents the Anglers on the Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition. She is the current
secretary for Anglers of the Au Sable.