Our Team & Board

The Green Apple Pantry Team

Nancy Cromley, Executive Director

Nancy comes to The Green Apple with an extensive background in nonprofit leadership. From working with young parents at Early Head Start of Kent County, to serving seniors at Senior Neighbors and finally with senior HUD housing. Nancy and her husband have 3 grown daughters and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys travel and all outdoor activities but spending time with her grandchildren brings her the greatest joy. She has always had a passion for service to others and is happy to be sharing her passion with The Green Apple Pantry neighbors and their volunteers.


Phone: 616.455.9411 Ext 4

Email: nancycromley@thegreenapplepantry.org



Melissa Halverson, Neighbor’s Choice Assistant Pantry Manager

Melissa Halverson brings a deep commitment to helping others and a passion for non-profit work to the GAP in November of 2023. Her dedication, drive and hometown of Kentwood inspired her to give back to the community she loves. Halverson lives in Byron Center with her husband and five children. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, doing puzzles and coloring. Her core belief is that change begins in one’s own community, and she is guided by the principle of treating others as you would like to be treated.

Phone: 616.455.9411 Ext 1

Email: melissahalverson@thegreenapplepantry.org





The Green Apple Pantry Board of Directors

Su Hood | Board Chair
-Started September 2019

Su Hood hails originally from England although has lived in the United States for 40 years! Su had worked in England, Kenya and now calls Grand Rapids  her home. She has worked extensively with people who experience mental illness and also as a advocate in Probate Court. Finally retired Su continues to work with individuals advocating for housing and food on the table.


Maureen (Mollie) Hackman | Vice Chair
-Started September 2019

Mollie has been with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for 25 years and currently works as a Client Operations Manager. She has two adult children and two grandsons (8 and 13). Hackman likes traveling (Caribbean is a favorite), making memories with family and friends and reading. She is passionate about the Green Apple Food Pantry because having good, healthy food available is essential. I grew up in Kentwood and want to make my community a better place.


Michael Schaper | Treasurer
-Started February 2022

Michael is an Indiana native who relocated to Grand Rapids to further his career with Old Kent Bank. After Old Kent Bank was acquired, he moved onto Farmers and Hastings Mutual Insurance Companies, working in IT project management. He held several positions within the company and retired as an application development director. He enjoys working and educating neighbors and has found a passion in volunteering at the Green Apple Pantry and stop the struggles of food insecurity. Schaefer also assists the GAP with technology needs.


Doreen Dill | Board Member
-Started December 2021

Doreen is a retired RN/case manager having owned her own consulting business for 35+ years before retiring in 2017. Since 1982 she has volunteered in various non-profit organizations centered around healthy foods, such as Chef and Child, Kids’ Food Basket [15 years] and since The Green Apple Pantry since 2018. As an RN she understands the importance of not only healthy eating for children during their formative years, but also for families as a whole who need a healthy lifestyle to offset future illnesses.


Becky Stein-Wells | Board Member
-Started June 2022


Lorna Spiekerman | Board Member
-Started August 2022

After 40-plus years of nursing and risk management, Lorna is grateful to continue working with an organization that values the influence of body, mind, and spirit on our health and sense of well-being. She is committed to demonstrating this gratefulness through serving on the board of directors at the Green Apple Pantry.

Ben Risinger | Board Member
-Started January 2023

Ben loves people, is a marketing and public relations communicator and a part-time college professor. He is a former resident of Grand Rapids (2013-2022) who now resides in Indianapolis, Ind. He volunteers at the Park Place Food Pantry in Anderson, Ind. on Thursday nights and continues to assist the Green Apple Pantry with outreach to the community. Risinger believes that everyone deserves to eat and that we should educate the public more about nutrition and healthy living.


Sean Conroe | Board Member
-Started November 2023

Sean graduated from Grand Valley State University and works for IndependentBank. Previously, he spent over a decade working in public and private special education programs as a behavior specialist. He has a passion for education and combating food insecurity across Greater Grand Rapids. Sean operates his own business that focuses on server management and is funding his own development of a mobile learning application to create an all-inclusive, data driven education experience that he hopes to use to change the education landscape in Michigan.

Sarah Lexow | Board Member
-Started January 2024

Sarah is originally from the metro-Detroit area and settled in Kentwood after attending GVSU and WMU. She works in Information Systems for Stiles Machinery, leading process improvements and software projects.  She has a passion for community involvement, previously volunteering with various organizations in the Grand Rapids area. She enjoys traveling, strategic board games, and spending time with her husband and daughter. She believes by addressing food insecurity head-on, we can help uplift our neighbors and make our community a better place to live, work, and play.

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