Board of Directors

Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority Board


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.


Robert Stausmire

Vice Chairman

Bob joined the board January 2017. He replaced Karl Schmidlin, who retired December 2016. Bob owns a home on Middle Bass Island that belonged to his family since the 1950s. 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.


Chris Ladd

Board Member

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.


Mark Friebel

Board Member

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.


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.

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

Public Notices

Our annual audit is available at the Auditor of the State of Ohio website. Enter "Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority" and "Ottawa" county as your search parameters. It will display a list of annual audits for you to select. Audits are typically completed by May or June and available online by August for the prior fiscal year.