Our Team

 

Our Team

William McNally, Executive Director

William's strong belief in the power of community, paired with his passion for hunger issues and his background in logistics and management, was the basis on which he founded Harvest Pack. His simple goal is to empower others to help make sure the world's food supply is fairly distributed, both internationally and locally. Facts tell him it is possible, and he doesn't plan to stop until it's been done, one meal at a time. William's on-the-ground experience is his on-going motivation. He has spent time living and working in Mexico. He has traveled to schools and orphanages in Belize to work with local communities who are in pursuit of better education and livelihoods. He has spent time in the Philippines, working closely with ICM, one of Harvest Pack's primary partners, traveling to rural communities to sit with local people for lunches together - and directly experienced the impact food assistance provides. He's been to Native reservations, inner city shelters, and suburban food shelves right here in the United States. Each experience provides opportunities to learn directly about needs at the ground level. William received his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. He also holds a pilot's license and is a licensed flight instructor. In his down time, William enjoys biking, Rotary activities, visiting places other than Minnesota during Minnesota winters, and coaching his children in baseball.

Tanya Beckwith, Board of Directors

Tanya brings her 20+ years of experience and leadership in new product and business development to Harvest Pack. Currently, she is a Project Manager in the Healthcare Business Group responsible for new product and business development at 3M, a $31 billion dollar global company. Tanya holds her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and her MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She spends her free time gardening, reading and enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Steve, and two daughters, Maija and Kate.

Heather Hirschey, Board of Directors

Heather loves working with people and has a strong attention to detail. She enjoys leading packing events where she is able to bring these talents together for a great cause. Heather brings enthusiasm and organization to any event; whether it's a huge church event, a corporate group or a rowdy bunch of middle school kids. Heather has a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University. She had worked in television production prior to getting into the nonprofit field in 2012. Before coming to Harvest Pack, Heather worked as the Event Coordinator at Kids Against Hunger Headquarters. Heather lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with her husband, Craig, and their one-year-old daughter, Belle.

Merry Grande, MPH, Assistant Director of Operations

Merry officially joined the Harvest Pack team in January 2017, but began her involvement as a volunteer a year earlier. Merry’s role with Harvest Pack focuses on funding development and bringing a public health perspective to Harvest Pack’s work with healthy food, equity, and community building. She is particularly interested in the health equity aspect of this humanitarian work as it relates to children and education. Merry earned her MPH in Public Health Practice from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and a BA in Biology from St. Olaf College, Minnesota. In addition to her work with Harvest Pack, Merry is actively involved with the Minnesota Public Health Association, and enjoys vegetarian cooking, sports, and travel with her two children and husband.

Heather Swanson, Development Director

Heather brings to Harvest Pack over a decade of work in the non-profit world, having previously served as the Director of International Team Ministries and Director of Food Packaging at Youth Encounter for 11 years. She is passionate about building cross-cultural relationships, serving those in need, and working for peace and justice – passions which were established while working alongside fellow students in India, and nurtured and expanded through continued travel and connections in Africa, Asia, and South America. As Development Director with Harvest Pack, she is excited to develop and pursue new relationships with packaging partners – helping companies, schools, churches and community groups work together to serve their neighbors near and far by packaging healthy meals. She holds a BA in Music & French Education from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and in her spare time she enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and making music with her husband and two children.

Doug Rude, Board of Directors

Doug started with Harvest Pack as a founding board member. His eagerness to jump in and accomplished any task is inspiring to all ages as he organizes events at schools and corporations. Doug is also a founding board member at BRIDGEs because of his commitment to improve the lives of the impoverished. Doug travels to Belize annually and works with the Dorothy Menses orphanage, Tumil K’in Center for Learning and Holy Cross Anglican School. He works closely with their leaders to resolve the current problems and has the strength to jump in and lead the charge from one accomplishment to the next. Before joining Harvest Pack, Doug worked for over 30 years at 3M as a locksmith. Prior to 3M Doug started a successful Lock Smith company and has taught many classes in the industry on current innovations. Doug spends his free time traveling to his cabin in Northern Minnesota with his wife Sandy and dog Oden.

Doris Linnerooth, Financial Manager

Doris joined Harvest Pack in June 2014.  She brings many years of accounting and office managerial experience from working in the private sector.  Doris is excited to be working in the area of nonprofit.  She has had the opportunity to participate in several packing events with Harvest Pack.  Doris is a native of St. Paul and served in the U.S. Army Reserve .  She has traveled extensively and tutored English in Southeast Asia.  While traveling, Doris enjoys being part of the local culture.  Doris is married with two Eagle Scouts, and enjoys camping, sailing, and exploring historical places.  “I am excited to further the mission of Harvest Pack of putting healthy meals on the tables of those in need.” 

Matt Fulton, Community Champion

Matt Fulton has been involved in strengthening households, neighborhoods, and communities for over three decades as a City Manager serving several communities in the Twin Cities.  Matt believes the strength of a community originates at the doorstep of every home and the availability of adequate food and nutrition is a fundamental ingredient of a stable household. As communities change and evolve, the increasing pressures of economic diversity and the difficulties of confronting the realities of poverty create real challenges and barriers to building and sustaining a resilient community.  Matt has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and has served in numerous leadership roles at the local, state, and national levels throughout his career.  Matt is proud and excited to be part of the Harvest Pack team and is committed to the important work of identifying opportunities for the community to become engaged in meal packaging events and, as a result, helping to build healthy communities…starting at the breakfast table. 

Courtney Travis, Marketing and Communications Intern

Courtney Travis is with Harvest Pack as our marketing and communications intern. She is currently a junior at Augsburg College, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Graphic Design. As someone who experienced homelessness for years of her childhood, Courtney has had a first-hand look at how food insecurity can affect families. Her history, coupled with her passion for helping others, has given her the desire to work toward making a difference. She intends to pursue a career in public relations and believes that taking part in Harvest Pack’s mission is the best way to start.

 

 

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