2018 Board


It's time to Vote!

The Emerald Sylvan Lake Association Board has three member terms that expire as of this September – those of Brian Gray, Andy Sneller, and Becky Walachovic. In addition to the three open positions, Linda Snyder has decided to step down from her position, leaving the remainder of her term (2 years) open.

At the annual meeting, the following people were nominated for the open positions. Beth Graham, Brian Gray, Kevin Pasma, and Bill Sherman. Because there are four position open and only four nominees, the person with the least amount of votes will fulfill the remainder of Linda's term.


Below are the biographies for the candidates running for the open board of director positions. Like last year, we have a few different ways for you to cast your vote. If you received an email from the Association, the attached form can be printed and brought to the Corn Roast on August 4th at Sharp's Landing, nominations can be emailed to Justin.Duimstra@Amway.com, or you can vote using the submission form below. All votes will be tallied by the Oak Leaf Club and the winning nominees will be announced at the Corn Roast.


Please be advised that only paid members may vote for those nominated, and only one vote per property.

MEET Beth Graham


I live at 155 Sawyer Blvd. at Gem & Sawyer amongst the trees and golden retrievers in a cottage built by my great aunt and uncle in 1920. I truly love our lakes and it would be my pleasure to serve on our lake board and work to maintain its beauty and maintain our quality of life on the lakes.


My husband Jay & I live in Lansing and “live” at the lake almost every weekend. I’m  a self-employed real estate appraiser and have held several leadership positions in the real estate industry: President of the Greater Lansing Assoc. of REALTORS 2016; President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS Michigan 2004; serve on Michigan and National Association of REALTORS committees and am currently a Lansing Board of Water & Light commissioner. 


Thank you for the opportunity to run for board position.  My goal is to preserve the enjoyment that we all seek by living on the lake, not only for us and but for our future generations. 

MEET Brian Gray


I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Newaygo community for a number of years and have been a member of the ESLA board for six years.  It has been a love affair with the lakes and a great neighborhood to be a part of.  I hope to be able to continue to work on behalf of the lakes.

MEET Kevin Pasma


My wife Jane and I have been living (summer weekends) on Emerald Lake since 1979 and have enjoyed all that the lake and association has to offer. Our main residence is in Jenison, Michigan. I’m blessed to be the father of a son, three daughters, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-laws, 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, and soon to have #2 granddaughter this fall. My family all are local and most weekends we are all at the cottage together. We also have 4 dogs as part of the clan: three golden retrievers, and one lap dog.

There is not a more beautiful lake around and in my years, I’ve seen so many things improve around the lake. It seems every week someone comes by with a new bit of history and knowledge about the early days of the lakes and how fortunate we are to be part of such a legacy.

​I own and work at River City Flooring in Hudsonville. We are a floor covering contractor and do work all throughout the state of Michigan. In my off hours and when called out, I am a Lieutenant on the Grandville Fire Department serving the people of Grandville for almost 22 years.


​I learned to water ski, barefoot, trick ski, kneeboard, tube, scuba dive, and now wake surf here on our lakes and have had the privilege of teaching my children and now helping with my grandkids to learn to ski and do different water sports as well. I enjoy watching some of our talented lake neighbors do the different water sports, especially the wake board flips & tricks. They make it look so easy, but for me these days, I’m going to hold off on that one.


I’m looking forward to the quiet mornings out in the kayak, taking some pictures, and an occasional jet ski ride along with surfing.


In my spare time, while not in the water, I enjoy all kinds of yard/garden work, flowers, wood cutting, and helping with the maintenance of our property and cottage and all that goes with that. I’m always working on something and enjoy staying busy.

MEET Bill Sherman


Bill has been a valuable and important member of the lake association for decades.  He has served on the board for many years in the past as a director and president.  He has been instrumental in the care of the lakes and has worked tirelessly on the Bridge, water quality and other numerous projects.