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Pam DeMerle

Meet Pam

As someone who spent most of my adult life in Chicago after graduating high school in Traverse City, I saw what a more progressive and diverse community provided. While I’ve always wanted to return to Northern Michigan’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation, I wasn’t sure how the social return would feel. But I’ve been back three years now and I am energized by the direction our community is moving socially and politically. From UpNorth Pride to an active Antiracism Task Force, our community is stepping up in ways I wouldn’t have expected in the early 2000s and I feel lucky to be part of it. I’m stoked to raise my son in this community and offer him the same boat-riding, beach-hopping childhood I had now in a changing, more diverse and inclusive environment. 

My son and I are on a mission to explore every beach in Northern Michigan. My dream weekend would be a day spent at Good Harbor Beach and then some local wine at really any of our amazing wineries. 

The challenges that have come from the pandemic have brought about such a unique opportunity for Traverse City. Our area appeals to those with big city tastes while also providing an ease of living that more remote workers can really capitalize on. So many exciting, interesting people have moved here in the last 18 months and it is making our region more dynamic every day. 

Works at
RE/MAX Bayshore
Chief of staff
Hidden Gem
The Beach at North Bar
Ask Pam About
Traverse City Culture


  • Schools
  • Childcare / daycare
  • Real estate and housing
  • Health & wellness services
  • Outdoor activities
  • Food and drinks recommendations
  • Career opportunities / job-hunting
  • Charitable organizations and volunteer opportunities
  • Remote work


For so long, I was unsure that the skills I had learned in corporate finance and operations would translate to opportunities at local companies. It felt like I had pigeon-holed myself into needing to be in a larger or mid-sized city in order to find good opportunities. I now know I was wrong. While this area is known for its remote workers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, don’t assume that the operations or mid-level opportunities won’t exist with local companies!


If you have young children and require care, start reaching out to daycares and preschools right away. And get outside everyday!