Josh Stoltz at Grow Benzie

Executive Director

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein
Full bio here...



Delaney ryde
Americorps vista

Delaney loves eating good food and hanging out with the bees!


Lisa richter
Farmers market manager

"Shake the hand that feeds you"

-Michael Pollan


Kathy ross
Days for girls Team leader

"Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights."

— Hillary Rodham Clinton


emily votruba
Mifibershed ringleader

Emily created MiFiberShed in 2017 and raises rabbits.


pam reynolds

Pam retired from the world of accounting to start her own farm after graduating from MSU Organic Farm School.




Carol bontekoe

Carol is a farmer, thru hiker, and dog momma who grows good food.  



Betsy Evans Grow Benzie

Betsy Evans (President)
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

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

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

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

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

Bryan Langfeffer
Attorney for Olson, Bzdok Howard; Director on the Frankfort-Elberta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and previously served on the Board of Directors for the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association; member of the Frankfort Rotary