Front row (LtoR): Linda Kehr, Lynne Bekkering, Kelly Ottinger, Gerri VanAntwerp

Back row (LtoR): Skip Comer, Judy Williams, Bill Dundon, Don Schaffer, Anne Hebert, Michelle Northrup, Penny Szczechowski, Russ Smith, Sally Bobek, Alicia Rusch

Missing members: George Marsh, Nancy Meek, Judy Welch


Lynne Bekkering, in service until 2019

Bill Dundon, in service until 2018, President

Skip Comer, in service until 2018

Anne Hebert, in service until 2020

Linda Kehr, in service until 2020

George Marsh, in service until 2020, Treasurer

Nancy Meek, in service until 2019

Penny Szczechowski, in service until 2018

Judy Welch, in service until 2019, Secretary

Judy Williams, in service until 2020


Executive Director, Gerri VanAntwerp

Operations Director, Michelle Northrup

Fundraising Coordinator, Kelly Ottinger

Bookkeeper, Brooke Trentham

Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Bobek


gvanantwerp@benziebacn.org | tel: 231.882.9544 ext. 237

Gerri was selected as the Executive Director for Benzie Area Christian neighbors in 2011 She is the second director for BACN and drawn to the organization because of her calling for ministry work and the philosophy that we are all “Neighbors”. In this position Gerri is oversees the efforts of BACN to improve the quality of life for the people with limited resources in the community.
Gerri is a transplant to the area and has grown to appreciate the place where her children grew up. She is a board member for the Manistee Human Services Collaborative and works on the Steering Committee of the homeless prevention efforts for the 10 county NW Michigan area. Gerri holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University has participated in the Executive Coaching program through North Sky and is a recent graduate of Leadership Grand Traverse. Gerri’s favorite quote is “Today is a good day for a good day.”


mnorthrup@benziebacn.org | tel: 231.882.9544 ext. 232

Michelle has been working as Director of Operations at BACN since January, 2012. Michelle is also in charge of the food pantry on goings as well as the building repairs and supervision. She works behind the scenes to make sure that BACN is ready to go when the doors open for the public. She keeps everything running smoothly.

Michelle joined BACN after a hiatus out of the workforce, during which she raised two wonderful children. Previously, Michelle had been in warehousing, but knew that when she returned to the workforce she wanted to do a job that had meaning and that would positively affect people’s lives.


btrentham@benziebacn.org | tel: 231.882.9544 ext. 226

Brooke has been working at BACN since September 2013. She came to BACN as a bookkeeper part-time, while also keeping books for an area church and various other non-profit while also maintaining a position as treasurer of a township.

“BACN fills a need, fills a void. It’s so great that one organization is so multi-faceted. They touch on different things: the food, the clothing, and all the education services they provide. It’s a wonderful place.”


kottinger@benziebacn.org | tel: 231.882.9544, ext. 227

Kelly hails from northern Indiana, and fulfilled a many-years’ dream of moving to Benzie County by beginning work for BACN in October, 2015. Before coming to BACN, Kelly worked as the grant writer/administrator for Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County for several years. She finds Benzie County to be not only beautiful in landscape, but also in the generous spirit of the community.

Kelly has three grown children, one granddaughter (Logan Annalise), and 3 border collies. In her spare time she drives back and forth from Indiana to visit Logan, makes soap and writes things other than grants.



Sally and her family built a home in Benzie County in 1989. It was intended as a vacation retreat, and according to her husband a retirement home. Sally wasn’t as sure – until she retired and came up north for three weeks – she decided then she didn’t want to go home! So, they sold their downstate house to a son and moved up north permanently – and have never looked back.
Sally spent several years as a coordinator for a volunteer social organization of over 4000 members. Her work experience included over 20 years in various doctors’ offices as a medical biller and office manager. She and her husband also had 6 kids, so she has a variety of multi-tasking skills! Sally came to BACN as a volunteer, she says she came with a desire to help the members of the community, but she also found a great group of volunteers at BACN and wants to encourage others to join the BACN “family”.