Staff


Carrie Klingelsmith

Carrie Klingelsmith
Executive Director
Start Date: November 2021

Carrie and her husband, Kendall, live in Petoskey with their two sons and two dogs. Carrie has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Service Administration. She has a background in program development, fundraising, grant writing, event planning and execution, and community engagement.

Before joining Manna Food Project, Carrie worked in the public and private sector. She worked as a Parks and Recreation Director as well as a Planning Professional.

Carrie has a passion for enhancing the quality of life for all people. “I look forward to serving the community and making a positive impact for the people of Northern Michigan.”


Gabby Billion

Gabrielle Billion
Associate Director
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.”


Amanda Foster

Amanda Furgeson-Foster
Office Manager
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.”


Bob MacKenzie

Bob MacKenzie
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!"


Eric Foster

Eric Foster
Warehouse Manager
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.”


Matthew Flickema

Matthew Flickema
Volunteer Manager
Start Date: July 2021

Matthew is a 20 plus year resident of Petoskey Michigan. Before joining Manna, he started his career as an administrative officer in Government Relations, followed by working as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America.

Matthew resides in the Walloon Lake area near family. He is a proud uncle of triplets. His hobbies include winter activities, hiking, camping, and enjoying Northern Michigan summers.

“I find immense joy in participating with Manna’s volunteers. Working with mission oriented people moving towards a common goal is exciting.”


Matthew McGuiness

Matthew McGuiness
Warehouse Associate
Start Date: March 2020

Matt is a Petoskey native, growing up with three brothers near Pickerel Lake where he and his wife, Jessica, are raising four children—two boys and two girls.

Matt has many talents—from carpentry to tree trimming to machine mechanics. He loves the outdoors and spends summer evenings and weekends on the family pontoon boat. Matt also hunts and has donated venison each year to Manna through the Petoskey Sunrise Rotary “Venison for Manna” annual fundraiser.

“I know how important Manna is in this community,” Matt said. "Not just to the people in need, but to all the families who come in to volunteer. I'm excited to work with such great people."