Josh Stoltz

Josh Stoltz

My roots run deep in Upper Lower Michigan; born in Traverse City, I spent my first ten years growing up in downtown Lake Ann, playing basketball and riding bikes to swim at the boat launch. Our family moved near the fish hatchery where my Dad would teach me how to hunt, my Ma would teach me how to grow and store food, and my perpetual chore list included weeding the garden, feeding the chickens, and stacking firewood. By the time I graduated Benzie Central I was involved with every sport and extra-curricular activity possible, all while graduating with honors and preparing for college at Central Michigan University.

It took me one semester there to get involved- joining intramural sports, acting, directing and producing television shows with CMU television, and hosting the campus’ morning radio show. I graduated with my degree in Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts and minored in both Marketing and Advertising before moving out West where I honed my knack for building relationships.

A “Midwest work ethic”, Michigander attitude, and the deregulation of the telecommunication industry all provided me an ample opportunity to shine in the sales and marketing field, opening several companies throughout Arizona and Florida before turning age 30. After the boon passed, and taking a short “retirement” of traveling and living in a school bus named “The Future”, I eventually decided to plant myself back in Benzie County where my love for the area was renourished. In 2007 I married my soulmate, purchased a home in Frankfort, and became the proud step-father of a now teenage boy.

My recent employment with SEEDS After School program provided me an opportunity to work with youth, rekindle and spark professional relationships in the community, and meld my prior experience in the private sector with the goals of a non-profit organization.

In my spare time I like to be outside, share stories, and make Things.

Tracey Scheifele

Tracey Scheifele has been a part of Grow Benzie since 2013 when she started her small food business “In Great Taste.” She started out as an entrepreneur using the commercial kitchen and taking advantage of the resources Grow Benzie has to offer.

As Facilities Manager, Tracey incorporates a variety of her life experiences into her job. Her background in sales and marketing has been helpful to those considering starting up a small food business, along with her experiences of being the owner of a small food business.

Tracey also helps in the planning and implementing of special programs that the community can attend. As part of Grow Benzie’s effort to reach out to the youth of the community she mentors a group of students from Benzie Central High School. They spend time at Grow Benzie cooking, preparing the community center and studio house for events and special field trips.
Tracey is the go to person for those interested in booking an event at Grow Benzie whether it be a small business meeting or a large party.

In addition to her responsibilities that allow her to interact with the community she also helps with the bookkeeping at Grow Benzie.

Tracey relocated to Michigan three years ago after living in St. Augustine, Florida for sixteen years. She’s enjoying being back home closer to family and friends.


Scott Harrison (President)
Former CEO for Lifespace Communities, Inc.; MA in Hospital Healthcare Administration

Mike Zielinski (Vice-President)
Director of Facilities and Maintenance, Benzie County Central Schools

Betsy Evans (Treasurer)
Business Development Director, Alliance for Economic Success; Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, 2010-Present; Current chair of the Joyfield Township Planning Commission and Lakes to Land Communities for Collective Action

Jackie Hice (Secretary)
Retired teacher; Master Gardener, currently teaches fitness classes which include movement, balance and Tai Chai

Justin Keillor
Owner, Crystal Lake Golf Club; Edward Jones Financial Advisor

Willard Kitchen
Retired IBM Learning Consultant & WorkForce Partner Leader: US, Asia Pacific, Dehli, Belgium; MS in Educational Technology

Bernie Ware
Owner/Operator of Ware Farm, practicing organic farming methods; Small Farms Conference Planning Committee; MSU Extension and AgBioResearch Council Member

Marlene Wood
Retired Coordinator of Benzie County Recycling & Solid Waste Department

Rory Heckman
Retired law enforcement administrator; formerly with Benzie County, Cities of Mt. Pleasant and Kalamazoo, Michigan