Start date: October 2016
Before becoming Manna’s executive director, Kim spent his career working for non-profit and faith-based organizations, including the American Red Cross, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Reformed Church in America. Kim has two sons, Luke and Adam, and is an avid sailor and downhill skier.
Kim is dedicated to increasing the quality and nutritional value of the food Manna makes available to its partner agencies in Northwest Michigan. You can often find him at local farms picking up fresh produce and even harvesting it himself.
“My heart goes out to people in our area who struggle to put food on the table. Often, hard-working families are forced to choose between paying their utility bills and buying nutritious food for their children. Please join Manna and our partner agencies to help those in need and drive hunger out of Northern Michigan.”
Start Date: May 2008
Gabby grew up in Kalamazoo and moved to New Mexico where she worked in the hotel restaurant business for 25 years throughout the western states. She resettled to Northern Michigan in 2004. She and her husband have seven children, a grandchild, and a "grand dog." They enjoy hiking, kayaking, and exploring the Michigan outdoors.
Gabby came to Manna because she had the desire to "make a difference," and she quickly fell in love with our caring community of volunteers. She loves to listen to their stories.
“The heart of Manna is its volunteers and employees. Each has made a significant difference in the lives of this community.”
Start Date: March 2015
Amanda and her husband Eric live in Petoskey with their three children. They operate a hobby farm with horses, cows, lambs, pigs and chickens. Together they enjoy camping, gardening, playing outside, watching movies, and other activities to spend time together.
“I enjoy coming to work every day surrounded by the most amazing people. Our volunteers return week after week spending valued time helping others that are in need. It is absolutely rewarding to know you are a part of an organization that touches so many lives.”
Her favorite event of the year is Golf Fore Manna. “Seeing an event that I spent months planning unfold in a single day while raising money to fund our mission is priceless.”
Start Date: August 2016
Luke lives in Charlevoix with his wife Jessa and son Jack. Luke collects antique bicycles and is an avid golfer, cyclist, and snowboarder. He also enjoys reading and strumming a guitar when he has the chance.
Luke became aware of Manna when his wife, a kindergarten teacher, told him about the “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. After learning more about the organization’s mission, Luke made the move to Manna. Luke’s professional experience in warehouse operations, purchasing, and inventory management has proven to be a huge asset to Manna.
“The best part of my job is working with all the volunteers and staff committed to providing food to those in need.”
Community Engagement and Volunteer Coordinator
Start Date: August 2018
Jessyca graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2018 with a degree in health communications. Originally from Lake Odessa, Michigan, she lived in Grand Rapids for a few years before moving to downtown Petoskey. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, volunteering with animals, and visiting her friends downstate.
While in college, Jessyca worked at Spectrum Health and completed several internships with organizations like the Kent County Health Department and Mary Free Bed YMCA. While she has worked in a variety of professional settings, non-profits like Manna have always been her calling.
“I fell in love with Manna right away. Everyone is so welcoming and generous. And I love that I’m able to combine all of my interests into an organization that makes such a huge difference in this community.”
Food Rescue Manager
Start Date: September 2014
Bob spent many hours as a volunteer before becoming a Manna employee. Prior to being with Manna, he was a healthcare administrator for over 30 years. Bob is originally from Ann Arbor and is a diehard Michigan Wolverines fan.
He and his wife Barbara have three children and three grandchildren, and they keep busy travelling to visit them. Bob's hobbies include cycling the bike trails in the area, following rugby, and skiing. He is also actively involved in supporting Cub Scout Pack 5 in Petoskey.
"The fruits of my involvement are immediately realized when we rescue food or deliver to one of the agencies we serve. It is fulfilling to know that someone benefited today or tomorrow from my actions. The translation of the Manna mission to service delivery is a rewarding feeling!"
Start Date: October 2018
Eric Foster worked in shipping and receiving with Mitchell Graphics for 13 years before coming to Manna. Eric likes to hunt, fish, and maintain his hobby farm with his wife, Amanda, and three kids.
He takes pride in working directly with our volunteers. “I love talking to them and learning their stories. We see so many people who have amazing histories and just want to give back. I’m so glad to be a part of it.”