Ryan Engle and Sarah Balding
Ryan and Sarah both grew up in legacy families in the Masonic Organizations. Although both were active in their separate Masonic groups, they never truly met until December 2014 when Ryan took the job as the Building and Business Manager of the Masonic Building. They both got to know each other better on a friend basis through the years and in the spring of 2017 he asked her to go on their first date. Since that day it has been a whirlwind of fun and adventure for the two going on many trips across the country together while supporting family and the organizations that are so close to their hearts. Last year Ryan asked the big question and they are planning a wedding for this summer on Mackinac Island with their closest family and friends. Ryan and Sarah each have talented daughters from previous relationships but have blended them together as one happy family. We would both be lost without our girls in our lives.
Sarah is the Owner of Forsbergs a New Leaf. She has grown up in the flower industry as the business was started by her grandmother and then owned by family until 2 years ago when she took the reins with her parents. With the support of Ryan, she took over and accepted the challenge of becoming a small business owner in 2017. She has been a long-time supporter of many non-profit groups in Marquette County, especially Daughters of the Nile and is excited to support U.P. Hospice Foundation this year.
Ryan has worked in the non-profit world for over 20 years. His positions have been from custodian to Executive Director. He has received awards from the Red Cross and the Community of Lakeview as community member of the year. He has been supporting the Ahmed Shriners as a clown since 2009 and then agreed to move through the elected line of officers in 2013, becoming the Potentate in 2018. He now holds the Recorder position of Ahmed Shriners and works diligently to keep the philanthropic works of Shrine International and Ahmed shrine moving forward to support kids with disabilities across the Upper Peninsula. He believes that his support of U.P. Hospice Foundation is just another way to support a larger part of the community and all though has three left feet, he is excited for the opportunity.