FLOW welcomes Marshall Protetch, Public Engagement Manager

FLOW is pleased to announce that Marshall Protetch has joined the team as our new Public Engagement Manager. The Public Engagement Manager is an important part of FLOW’s communications team, working to expand and engage FLOW’s audience, and inspire people to take action on the issues that are critical to the health and protection of the Great Lakes.

Marshall is a journalist by trade who enjoys capturing the stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with the Great Lakes. He has worked nearly five years at three different newspapers across the Midwest, including the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Prior to joining FLOW, Marshall was a marketing specialist at SEEDS Ecology and Education Centers. He also served in the Peace Corps in Zambia, and will graduate in May with a Masters of Marketing degree.

What attracted you to FLOW?

From 2017 to 2019, I served in the US Peace Corps as a Health Extension Volunteer in rural Zambia. During my service, we had a cholera outbreak which left devastating impacts in the village where I lived. Having organizations like FLOW in our region, allows us to continue to build resilient communities and healthier futures for every living creature who lives near the Great Lakes.

What connects you to the Great Lakes?

Water has always had a calming effect on me, and living near a river, pond, or a lake has always had a powerful and positive impact on my life in all ways — physical, emotional and mental. I didn’t grow up around the Great Lakes, but once I found them, I’ve always found my way back.

Do you have a favorite place in Michigan?

While it’s one of Leelanau County’s best kept secrets, my favorite place in Michigan is Christmas Cove beach. My wife and I love the spot so much that we actually got married there in 2022.

Can you share a fun fact about yourself?

Over the years, I’ve learned to play more than 6 different instruments, including playing trumpet for 8 years in a jazz band. Some of my favorite summer evenings are playing guitar in my backyard with my wife.

What are you excited to work on at FLOW?

Storytelling, historically, has always been one of the easiest ways that we’ve connected to one another. I’m excited to work on telling the stories surrounding water which can make an impact, big or small, to make a positive change in our area.

One comment on “FLOW welcomes Marshall Protetch, Public Engagement Manager

  1. Lon O Nordeen on

    Marshall: Call Lon Nordeen again –734 657 1983–I am the Board Secretary of MLSA and we have much to discuss! Co digesters etc!!!!!


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