Secretary/Treasurer – After thirty-two years in education, Kelly Faris retired from Put-in-Bay Local School District where he served as teacher/administrator from 1972 to 1996. Before accepting the position at Put-in-Bay School, Faris taught in Lorain, Elyria, Maumee, and Port Huron, Michigan. He graduated from Kent State University with a major in Education and English and did graduate work at Bowling Green State University.
Faris worked twenty-five years as the elected, fiscal officer of the Village of Put-in-Bay until his retirement in 2008. For thirteen summers, he was a seasonal ranger for the National Park Service, ending that tenure as a law enforcement officer.
Since its formation, he has served as the secretary/treasurer of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.
He is also a trustee for the DeRivera Park Trust which owns and operates two parcels of park land on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay, Ohio). As a free-lance photo-journalist, Faris has had numerous articles and photographs published.
At the present, Kelly Faris is the chair of the Village of Put-in-Bay Tree Commission. He was instrumental in the creation of Put-in-Bay Township Park District, a local government entity whose mission is to preserve and protect unique natural areas in the Lake Erie Islands. He serves as the secretary and chair of that organization.