Meet Our Team
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors
Peter Schwager, President
Pete Schwager is a VP-Senior Loan Officer at The Marblehead Bank in Marblehead, Ohio. His wife Jan is an avid birder, and Pete enjoys helping to point out birds for her to identify. As a family man, Pete's greatest accomplishments are his three great kids and a happy wife (most of the time!) In addition to birding, he and his wife also enjoy traveling, antiques, and flea markets. Pete's goal on the Friends of Ottawa NWR board is to help create a strong financial base to help ensure a long term viability for ONWR - preserving the area for present and future generations of birders and naturalists.
Carol Fingerhut, Secretary
Born and raised in Northwest Ohio, Carol Fingerhut has long appreciated the unique beauty of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding area. She hopes her involvement on the Board of Directors will encourage others to become members and get involved in habitat conservation efforts. A recently-retired Human Resources professional, Carol now has more time to enjoy the outdoors, whether working in her yard, walking in her neighborhood, or taking nature photographs. She enjoys watching the birds and other ‘critters’ who visit her property, which has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Carol lives in Genoa, Ohio, with her Golden Retriever (Echo) and her two cats (Ziggy and Pyewacket).
Ginger Haar is also known as Shirley Haar at Perrysburg Township where she has been the Chief Fiscal Officer for over 15 years..She is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Wood County Township Association. Ginger has many contacts in state and local politics and has helped move the license plate application forward. She is an strong proponent of the refuge and is increasing awareness of the refuge and friends group. Since becoming involved with the refuge, she has become a familiar face at refuge events.
Kristina Johnston works as a Nurse Manager for an insurer, and is currently completing her Master's degree in leadership. Kris brings a strong commitment and passion for preserving and encouraging the use of the refuge. Personally, she thinks the lands are an amazing gift to photographers. Kris also enjoys thinking creatively and public speaking to support a cause. She would like to see the refuge continue to expand its physical footprint. By being on the board she hopes to bring increased awareness of the offerings at the refuge and membership opportunities to sustain the refuge for years to come. Kris resides in Jefferson, Ohio with her husband Doug and Lab/Australian Shepherd mix Tucker who is the real birdwatcher of the family. Together, they enjoy camping, photography, and spending time with family and friends.
Tom Romito is a retired U.S. Army officer and federal service employee now serving as a facilitator, strategic planner, and non-profit leader. He is particularly excited to be a part of Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge to raise the awareness level of the refuge in Northeast Ohio through his involvement on the Marketing and Outreach Committee. Tom, wife Mary Anne, and Summer (17 year old house cat) live in Cleveland, Ohio. In his spare time, Tom enjoys RV camping, birding, fitness training, and working with a variety of nonprofit organizations.