Denise and her husband, Randy, and their English Setter, Lizzie, reside in Bay Harbor. Denise has been involved with Manna since joining the Board in 2011.
A native of the Chicago area, she started her career in Special Education before entering the business world. She is a retired Human Resources Executive and in her free time enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and doing anything with Lizzie. She is currently on the board of the Petoskey Area Antiques Club and president of her homeowner’s association, and has previously volunteered with Michigan Master Gardeners and Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. She and Randy moved to Northern Michigan in 2006 and enjoy their volunteer role driving the Manna truck on food rescues.
Denise says, “I wanted to volunteer with an organization that is making an impact in Northern Michigan. Being able to contribute some of my human resources skills and knowledge has been very rewarding.”
As the granddaughter of Budd Tallberg, one of the founders of Manna, Sarah is thrilled to be serving on the Manna board. Sarah has an undergraduate marketing degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Sarah and her husband, David, are both natives of Northern Michigan and returned home to raise their kids, Ben and Amelia, more than a decade ago. Together they own and operate Bay North Realty.
In addition to her work at Manna, Sarah currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, donates her time to the marketing committee of the Petoskey Education Foundation, and is the Treasurer for the Hammerhead Swim Club. She enjoys supporting her kids in their multitude of activities, running, skiing, reading, and walking her two furry family members through the woods.
Tom joined the Manna Board August 2017 to serve the community that he has called home for the last 20 years. He has two sons, the oldest off to college and the younger following soon.
He worked as a CPA in Petoskey for 10 years. With the desire to make a more meaningful difference in people’s lives, he continued his education and earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Ferris State University. Tom’s passion for helping students achieve their dreams first led him to Gaylord Community Schools where he taught middle and high school mathematics for six years. Combining his years of experience as a CPA and educator, Tom now teaches accounting at North Central Michigan College.
In his free time, Tom enjoys sailing, camping, and doing house projects. He most values time spent with his boys.
Larry DeWitt and his wife, Lorna Sue, live year-round in Harbor Springs and have become regular volunteers at Manna since he retired in July 2017.
Larry worked for Consumers Energy for 32 years and spent 8 years as an independent engineer in electric generation, including coal, gas, biomass (wood chips, coconut shells, rice husks), wind and solar. While working in Argentina, Morocco, and India, the couple dove head-first into helping local communities. This often included hands-on assistance to hospitals, rural schools, and other community organizations with a focus on sustainable actions. They raised their sons, Matt and Joe, overseas, and are proud of how culturally sensitive the two have become.
During their own youth, Larry and Lorna’s families attended St. Francis Xavier fish frys, pancake breakfasts, and many other events in this area--not to eat, but to cook, serve, clean, you-name-it.
“These experiences constantly taught us that we are our brother’s keeper,” Larry said. “Lorna and I are humbled at the privilege to continue this through Manna.”
Molly is a newcomer to the Manna board but no stranger to its mission of helping to ensure food security for all people in northern Michigan. She and her husband, Josh, have organized community events through their local business, The Outfitter, to raise awareness and help put food on the shelves at the Harbor Springs Area Food Pantry for the past eight years. Molly also works in public schools to connect students’ learning to community needs, and she hopes to raise both awareness and action for Manna’s mission.
Molly loves to be outdoors—you can find her swimming in the big lake, skiing in the woods, and biking on trails with her three kids. A professional experiential educator, Molly’s passion is connecting people, place, and community through hands-on learning.
Susan began volunteering at Manna in early 2015, and later that year spearheaded the creation of the Good Neighbors Food Pantry in Boyne City, where she serves as volunteer pantry director and board president.
She and her husband Hugh owned The Citizen, a weekly newspaper in Boyne City. After selling the paper, Susan worked at the Crooked Tree District Library in Walloon Lake and Boyne Falls as library director, and later at the Boyne District Library. She has been involved in her community in many capacities over the years, including youth sports and serving on the Downtown Development Authority, and is currently a member of the Boyne City Housing Commission.
Susan and Hugh live in Boyne City, where they raised their three sons. She enjoys gardening, reading, family, and spending time outdoors in all seasons.
Jean and her husband Chip live in Petoskey and have two children and five grandchildren. Jean is a retired public school administrator and stays active in the community through the Petoskey Noon Rotary Club and as a Char-Em ISD board member. She is also in two reading groups and a writing group. She enjoys traveling, quilting, reading, and being with her family and friends.
Jean has been involved with Manna since 2010 when she first began to volunteer, and she now serves as the board’s secretary. She enjoys interacting with clients and working with other volunteers.
"Manna is a great organization, and I'm honored to be a part of its worthy mission," she says.
Bill has been on the Manna board since 2016. He’s excited to be part of the team at Manna to help feed the hungry in Northern Michigan.
Bill and his brother Don own and operate Bill's Farm Market, a 100-year-old Petoskey farm that has been in the family for generations. Bill is passionate about supporting his local community and improving its overall health and wellbeing.
“I love to help out on Tuesdays at the weekly pantry to shop with people who need food assistance,” Bill says.
Phil Millard joined Manna’s Board of Directors in July 2015. He is a frequent volunteer at Manna and enjoys assisting in food rescue runs, backpack deliveries, and special community events.
Phil received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his juris doctor degree from Wayne State University. Phil’s career in banking spanned 32 years before his retirement, serving as a community bank president and as a senior vice president of a wealth and asset management group in Northern Michigan.
In addition to his work at Manna, Phil is Chairman of the North Central Michigan College Board of Trustees and a member of the advisory board for McLaren Northern Michigan. He lives with his wife in Petoskey and enjoys fishing, family, biking, and reading.
Todd has been a volunteer and member of the Manna board since 2012. Working at Manna provides Todd an opportunity to help those in need and to spend time with some very special people. Prior to his retirement in 2010, Todd pursued a 35-year marketing career with IBM. He also volunteers at Little Traverse Conservancy and McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital and serves on the board of Mackinac Associates.
Todd enjoys biking, photography, and boating with his wife Kathy. Todd is also a founding member of the Crooked Tree Photography Society.
Miles has served on the Manna board since 2011. He has also been a dedicated food rescue driver for Manna. He is truly concerned for the health and welfare of the less fortunate in our community.
Miles is a retired ophthalmologist. He and his wife Suzanne have four children and three grandchildren. They live in Harbor Springs where Miles enjoys skiing, boating, hunting, and working in the woods. He is also involved with Hospice of Little Traverse Bay and Little Traverse Conservancy.