Forgotten Harvest Appoints 11 Board Members

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Oak Park-based Forgotten Harvest, which brings food that would go to waste to those in need and grows its own food, has appointed 11 new board members.

The organization’s board of directors now has 45 members. The new members are:

  • Harold Burns, managing director, UHY
  • Eric Dietz, president of the southeast Michigan region, Huntington Bank
  • Cynthia Ford, community leader
  • Jennifer Grainger, community leader
  • Jason Lee, executive vice president of capital markets, Flagstar Bank
  • Melinda Mernovage, head of communications and corporate marketing, Daimler Mobility Americas
  • Camille Nicita, president and CEO, Gongos Inc.
  • Jason Paulateer, senior vice president and community and economic development professional, Fifth Third Bank
  • David Sanders, founder and managing director, Scale Advisory
  • Diane Wolfenden, vice president, east region, Priority Health
  • Sean Zecman, president, National Food Group Inc.

In addition, six members were re-elected: John Barker, managing director of investments, The Kresge Foundation; Doug Busch, owner, Busch’s Fresh Food Market; Hannan Lis, COO, Weight Watchers; Mike Murri, vice president and general manager, WXYZ – Channel 7; Jim Trouba, partner, Grant Thornton; and Nathan Upfal, president, Law Offices of Nathan Upfal, P.C.

“It’s crucial to our mission at Forgotten Harvest to have a dedicated and strong board of directors supporting our work in metro Detroit,” says Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest. “Every one of our board members brings a unique talent and skill set to the Forgotten Harvest family that will allow us to achieve our vision of ending hunger.”

Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight hunger and waste. In 2019, it rescued more than 45 million pounds of food from more than 800 locations including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors, and other health department approved sources. The donated food is delivered to about 250 emergency food providers in metro Detroit.