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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. He has been particularly active in developing new regional and local transportation solutions. 616.843.0419. Read more about Jim.


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. 231.499.3937. Read more about Diane.


RIC EVANS, clean energy policy specialist, has been engaged in getting northwest Michigan "energy smart" for over 12 years, focusing primarily on sustainability issues and solutions in, and for, rural areas. Ric is an Antrim County resident who is passionate about clean water, air and soil, and excited to engage energy users throughout this exciting evolution of our energy system. 231.883.3146. Read more about Ric.


MANDY GIBSON, financial manager, takes care of Groundwork’s financial records and assists with budgeting, board reporting, grant reports and daily bookkeeping. She is a local entrepreneur who has spent the past 14 years as a business advisor to small businesses and nonprofits. Read more about Mandy.


JIM LIVELY, program director, oversees policy staff and strategy for all programs. Besides working closely with staff, he has also been a crucial leader in the high-profile campaign to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline in the Mackinac Straits and in co-founding and managing the Great Lakes Business Network. 231.360.7222. Read more about Jim.


AMY MACKAY, development director, is responsible for growing the number of supporters who strengthen Groundwork’s long-term financial stability. Amy manages our planned giving and major gifts programs, working with board, volunteers, and donors to raise awareness about our mission. 231.534.5259. Read more about Amy.


PAULA MARTIN, food and farming policy specialist, recently joined Groundwork to expand our Farms, Food and Health programming throughout our community and build our culinary medicine conference into an event of national renown. 231.941.6584 ex 725. Read more about Paula.


MEGHAN McDERMOTT, food & farming program director, oversees all of Groundwork’s food & farming projects, including farm to school, food access, culinary medicine, and many other initiatives building the local food economy. Meghan manages Groundwork’s largest program team and promotes community food security by finding ways to connect classrooms, cafeterias and communities with healthy, locally-grown food., 773.294.9650. Read more about Meghan.


MIRIAM OWSLEY, manager of events and outreach, coordinates with program and development staff to plan the Michigan Clean Energy Conference, the Farms, Food & Health Conference, and Harvest at the Commons. Miriam works with the development and communications team to strategize marketing for Groundwork’s events and campaigns and with corporate sponsors who support our events, reports, and projects. She also coordinates Groundwork’s group of dedicated volunteers., 231.941.6584. Read more about Miriam.


CILE PLUMSTEAD, development assistant, keeps track of the multitude of details related to member and donor relations. She tracks donations, manages correspondence, and keeps that essential portion of our business running smoothly., 616.326.2000. Read more about Cile.


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., 231.941.6584, ext. 708. Read more about Jennifer.


AMY SCHNEIDER, annual giving and operations manager,  directs Groundwork’s annual giving plan, including coordinating all fundraising campaigns. Amy also manages Groundwork’s internal operations and is responsible for coordinating the organization’s grants. 231-590-0494. Read more about Amy.


JEFF SMITH, communications director, shares the mission, goals and accomplishments of Groundwork through multi-platform storytelling., 231.499.5874. Read more about Jeff.


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. 231.620.6914. Read more about Hans.


DAN WORTH, clean energy program director, 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. 617.610.7399. Read more about Dan.