Leadership Team
  1. Zach Millican
    Phillips@mail.com
    President
    Zach joined TCCG in 2017 and believes its mission so intensely, he immediately joined the Board. Enamored with food as a former chef at a farm to table restaurant in Chicago, he is dedicated to bringing local, organic food to all folks in the community and educating all about sustainability and the benefits of a plant-based diet.
  2. Mark Peltier
    Phillips@mail.com
    Director
    Mark is entering his fifth year of gardening at TCCG. He was the Infrastructure lead for three years prior to joining the Board in 2018 and handles all matters involving the heavy-lifting. He is known for growing some pretty enviable tomatoes and peppers, and uses every last one for canning his homemade sauces and salsas. When not at the garden, Mark is hitting the many mountain biking trails of NOMI as an avid cyclist.
  3. Kelsey Henderson
    Phillips@mail.com
    Vice President
    Kelsey has been a TCCG Board member & gardener since 2016. She also manages the Hagerty plots. She brings years of gardening practice from her time in her great grandmother's garden. Also an avid canner and food preserver, you may find her wandering about with her German Shepherd, Korra when not at the Garden.
  4. Pat Bazley
    Phillips@mail.com
    Director
    Pat joined the Garden in 2017 and the Board in 2018. Being a fairly new to gardening, she also is on her way to becoming a Master Gardener. She still gets excited and surprised when harvest time is around. When not gardening, she is working to improve her fierce golf game, and enjoying all of the wonderful amenities of northern Michigan.
  5. Stephen Haynes
    Phillips@mail.com
    Treasurer
    In his third year as a member of the garden, Stephen is thrilled to be serving the membership. Passionate about good health and living the best life possible, the garden is a place of relaxation and beauty. While gardening in the plot managed by his extended family, you may find him counting the beans.
  6. Catherine Snetsinger
    Phillips@mail.com
    Director
    Catherine is a tree-hugging hippie farm kid, dog groomer/trainer, drywall finisher, and mechanical & electrical designer, with background in IT. When not at the TCCG tending her beautiful plot, she is enriching her morbid fascination with both economics and worker-owned co-ops. She joined the Garden in 2016 and the Board in 2017.
  7. Katie Sommer
    Phillips@mail.com
    Secretary
    Katie moved to Traverse City in 2017 and joined the TCCG to get involved in her new community. She is a music loving, higher education/ public sector administrator that discovered a passion for growing her own food through TCCG. Michigan gardening is in her blood, as her great grandparents were involved in community farming in the Flint area in the 50’s and 60’s. When not playing in the garden, Katie can be found spending time with her family.
  8. Kimberly Conaghan
    Phillips@mail.com
    Executive Director
    After reversing a chronic condition by changing her diet, Kimberly became obsessed with food and where it comes from. Knowing food is medicine and wanting to grow her own, she joined TCCG in 2016 and was both president and treasurer for two years before becoming the Executive Director. A fan of mud, she enjoys growing root vegetables most, including obscure potato varieties from TPS. She proudly lives in the Heights with her family.
  9. Abby Weglarz
    Phillips@mail.com
    Director
    Abby has found a way to play in the dirt her whole life. Her scale of gardening has ranged from growing basil in coffee cans on the window sill of a third story apartment in Wisconsin, to managing a full scale community garden in San Diego County. Abby is inspired by the abundance that gardening creates, and how this abundance can be shared to strengthen communities.