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HANS VOSS, executive director, points Groundwork toward strategic goals by collaborating with staff on strategy, cultivating relationships with partners, and working with the Board, Advisory Council, donors, and foundations. Hans is an enthusiastic champion for community resilience. hans@groundworkcenter.org 231-620-6914

 

JAMES BRUCKBAUER, deputy director, manages finances, staff development, and organizational systems for Groundwork. Jim is also a respected leader on policy to support vibrant downtowns, housing strategies, and transportation choices in Michigan. Jim found that Groundwork was one of only a few organizations in Michigan that was describing how communities could become more resilient across a wide variety of everyday issues. Jim pledges that he and his family of four will never own more than one car. He walks or bikes to work each day. james@groundworkcenter.org 616-318-9632

 

DIANE CONNERS, senior policy specialist, has been advancing Groundwork's food & farming program for more than a decade. Diane is a champion—recognized nationally—for good food as the foundation for community health and farm to school programming. diane@groundworkcenter.org 231-499-3937

 

DANI KNOPH public outreach coordinator, coordinates marketing strategies, public relations, and corporate sponsorship to expand our constituency and build community support. Dani lives in Elk Rapids with her family, and supports local organic farmers who care for the land they love. dani@groundworkcenter.org 231-590-1641

 

JIM LIVELY, program director, oversees policy staff and strategy for all programs. Jim directs our work to revive passenger rail and has been a crucial leader in the high profile campaign to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline and protect the Great Lakes. True to form as a transit advocate, Jim's commute from Leelanau County to Traverse City is an engaging carpool with his wife, Kelly. Or on days when they can't drive together, Jim enjoys a relaxing and social bus ride to work via Bay Area Transportation Authority. jim@groundworkcenter.org 231-360-7222

 

AMY MACKAY, development director, is responsible for growing the base of supporters who strengthen Groundwork’s long-term financial stability. Amy coordinates our planned giving and major gifts programs and works with members and donors to raise awareness about our mission. Amy and her family have long supported the local agricultural scene by committing to eating as locally as possible. On the energy front, they try to reduce daily carbon output by opting for smart commuting trips when possible, like biking for groceries and walking to work. Reach her at Ext. 704. amy@groundworkcenter.org 231-534-5259

 

MEGHAN McDERMOTT, food & farming director, manages the farm to school program. Meghan promotes community food security, strengthens partnerships, and finds more ways to connect classrooms, cafeterias and communities with healthy locally-grown food. meghan@groundworkcenter.org 773-294-9650

 

MIRIAM OWSLEY, volunteer & event coordinator, assists with outreach, events, administration and coordinates Harvest at the Commons, our annual community celebration. Miriam leads an integrated volunteer program to support programs and outreach initiatives. Miriam grew up in the heart of Sleeping Bear Dunes in Empire, and is committed to protecting the world's largest freshwater resource. Her love of the Great Lakes, good food, and good people compels her to combine community outreach and environmental stewardship to create positive change in northern Michigan. miriam@groundworkcenter.org 231-645-6464

 

JENNIFER SCHAAP, local food policy specialist, coordinates our food and farming program in the Northern Farms Foodshed of Antrim, Charlevoix and Emmet counties. Her work includes support for our farm to school and food access projects as well as the expansion of markets for farms and food businesses. jen@groundworkcenter.org 616-856-1163

 

AMY SCHNEIDER, development specialist, manages Groundwork's member database, oversees administration, coordinates mail campaigns, and oversees our annual giving program. Amy makes sure members stay connected to programs. She shows her passion for Groundwork through her family. Amy talks with her kids about our work, enlists them as volunteers, and even outfits them in Groundwork swag! Amy is passionate about our mission, and loves that she can share it with her family. aschneider@groundworkcenter.org 231-590-0494

 

JACOB WHEELER, communications manager, manages program communications and media relations. Jacob is a leader for Groundwork's New Economy Project, a multimedia storytelling series that catalyzes conversations around current issues. Jacob is a native of Glen Arbor, where he publishes the seasonal Glen Arbor Sun newspaper. He lives and recreates on a rails-to-trails bike and ski trail just west of Traverse City. jacob@groundworkcenter.org 612-804-5975

 

DAN WORTH, clean energy policy specialist, works with homeowners, businesses, institutions, officials, and utilities to advance cost-effective solutions for efficiency and renewables. In pursuit of a low-carbon future, Dan's work demonstrates environmental and economic benefits. dan@groundworkcenter.org 617-610-7399

 

 

 

TASTE THE LOCAL DIFFERENCE

BILL PALLADINO, chief executive officer, directs the mission to expand markets and economic opportunity for farmers and local food entrepreneurs. Bill's leadership has accelerated TLD's growth to serve more communities across Michigan. The role each of us plays in community resilience was made clear to Bill by the late northwest Michigan advocate Bob Russell, whose iconic work in food systems and all forms of sustainability continue to influence Bill and his work today. bill@localdifference.org 231-590-1685

 

EMMA BEAUCHAMP, local food coordinator, strives to strengthen new and returning relationships with partners to expand their markets in northwest Michigan. A University of Michigan graduate, she has also worked on organic farms and in restaurant kitchens. Emma is a Traverse City-native and enjoys working for an organization that is constantly improving her community. emma@localdifference.org 231-632-3662
 
 

TRICIA PHELPS, operations director, manages a strategic marketing strategy to connect people with local food and products. A talented and thoughtful leader, Tricia is well respected and highly connected to Michigan's local agricultural community. Tricia began as an intern for TLD in 2014, managed farmers markets for several years and led communications projects for the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Today, she co-owns a hop farm in Leelanau County, loves to cook (and eat) fresh local food, and  enjoys building strong communities by connecting people. tricia@localdifference.org 847-809-7643

 

Portraits by Michael Poehlman Photography.