Barn-loving faces at Barns: Call to Action reception 2019
Standing: Sue Gehrman, Kay Doyle, Linda Nycum, and Cathy Puff.  Seated: Jan Corey Arnett and Jennifer Kiel.

Barn Believers has a working board of directors and volunteers and welcomes more hands, hearts and ideas. Barn Believers cadre of volunteers and advisors bring an important array of skills and interests to our mission: event planning, financial planning, structural engineering, business management, historical preservation, real estate sales, architectural design, and barn repair and adaptive reuse. Working together, sharing energies, that’s what it’s all about!

Board of Directors

Jan Corey Arnett, president,

Battle Creek. Mostly retired communications and evaluation professional. Career devoted to work in foundations and nonprofits. Author of several books, including American Barns (2013) and feature writer for Michigan Farmer on barns of Michigan. Raised on an Upper Michigan dairy farm where the barn was the heart of the farm, Jan is often known by the nickname, “The Barn Lady.” (Seated left.)

Sue Gehrman, vice-president/treasurer

Bedford. Retired nurse, focused on mothers and infants. Owner of a 1920s Sears Kit Barn named “Old Girl.” Co-author of the history of Bedford village and its buildings and barns. “My family’s roots are in farming. If I can make even a little difference in saving heritage barns I am thrilled to!” (Standing, left.)

Cathy Puff, secretary

Ceresco. Partner in agriculture. “I’ve lived on a farm most of my life and have been married to a farmer for 39 years. We enjoy travel in the Midwest and are dismayed by the dwindling number of traditional barns as they fall to decay, neglect or the fact that owners don’t realize their value. Once they are gone, nothing can replace them.” (Standing, right.)

Jennifer Kiel

St. Johns. Editor of both Michigan Farmer and Ohio Farmer magazines. Board member of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. “Deeply aware of the challenges of agriculture today, I am concerned about how perceptions of farms and farm structures have changed. Informing and inspiring people to give new life to old barns is essential if these valuable structures are to be saved. (Seated, right.)


Kay Doyle

(Standing, second from left)

Linda Nycum

(Standing, second from right)

Barn Believers volunteers worked hard and had a great time putting together the 2019 series of events.

You may also reach Barn Believers:

Battle Creek Community Foundation
32 W. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1
Battle Creek Michigan, 49017
(269) 962-2181

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