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Staff

Brandon Wittman, Inventory Manager

Brandon is a graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, History, and a minor in Biology. Brandon is originally from Appleton, WI and currently resides in Oshkosh. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys being outdoors hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, running, and traveling up North. Brandon has competed in several marathons, half marathons, and triathlons. Brandon has even helped Run4Hunger for the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry back in 2015! Brandon is excited to join the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry team and to make a difference in the community.

Karl Buelow, Operations Manager

After earning a Bachelor's degree from UW-Oshkosh, Karl has dedicated himself to hospitality in the not-for-profit sector. He is excited to join OACP where he will focus on continuing to build a warm, welcoming environment for all. A native of Baraboo Area, he loves hiking and mountain biking with his family. He embraces the geek life label and thrives on learning new board, card and tabletop games. When all that fails, he is also an aspiring chef who enjoys black coffee and colorful socks.

Elizabeth Turner, Program Manager

Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at UW Oshkosh where she took interest in the inequities that exist in our food system and food insecurity. During her time at UW Oshkosh, she volunteered at the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry and at the Lionhearted Kids Run 4 Hunger where she enjoyed getting to learn more about the communities the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry serves. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys adventuring to new places and exploring the outdoors with her husband and their dog, Jett. Elizabeth is excited to join the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry as the Program Manager.

Board Members

Chair - Mike Lueder

Mike moved to Oshkosh in the summer of 2008 to start a job at UW Oshkosh after he finished his Masters of Education at Marquette University. Civic and community engagement has always been a part of his life. As a child Mike participated in 4-H where he and his family did many service projects. As a student at St. Norbert College Mike participated in multiple spring break service trips, and as a professional Mike has led alternative spring break service trips both around the country and internationally. In his current role Mike connects students to local agencies as part of their class community-based learning projects. Mike and his family enjoy biking, hiking, farmer's markets, and being social with friends. Mike enjoys playing soccer, participating in triathlons, and doing home renovations. Mike began volunteering with OACP when it opened, bringing student and staff groups from the university. He has stayed actively involved over the years and joined the board in November 2018. Previously Mike served on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, serving as President for two years.

Vice Chair - Jennifer Heim

I am the Vice President of Miles Kimball and Walter Drake at Silver Star Brands in Oshkosh, WI. I joined the board of OACP in 2020 because reducing food insecurity is important to me and the pantry plays an important role supporting not only members of the local community, but other pantries as well. To be a part of that movement is a great honor and I look forward to being part of the team that will continue to make OACP the best it can be. During my free time I like to spend time in the Northwoods with my husband, 15 year old daughter, and 12 year old son.

Treasurer - Bill Albrecht

Bill received an undergraduate degree in business from Yale University and a master's degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate of School of Management at Northwestern University where he double majored in marketing and management. He is the retired General Manager of the Australasia division of the J. M. Smucker Company (aka "Smucker's") based in Melbourne, Australia, followed by the General Manager of the Specialty Food division of Smucker's based in Ripon, Wisconsin. After that Bill taught marketing at Marian University. Bill joined the pantry board to use his experience in the food industry to give back to the community. For fun, Bill co-directs (with his wife, Kathleen) the Fox Valleyaires Men's Barbershop Chorus based in Appleton.

Secretary - Tracy Frost

In addition to being the Secretary on the OACP board, I am the Closing Manger at First Weber Realtors Oshkosh. During my first meeting with Mike Lueder regarding food insecurity, he gave me numbers that specifically addressed hunger in low-income schools and they were staggering. It made my heart drop. From there, I attended a board meeting as a guest and I was blown away by the staff at OACP. Seeing their passion to help the community, their smarts, their drive and their ability to feed people for pennies on the dollar through the relationships they take great care to maintain, I was in awe. It was inspiring. I knew I wanted to be a part of the board from that moment on. My hope is that we are so good at what we do, we work ourselves out of a job. For fun, I really enjoy spending time with friends and family, especially my mom. She and I are very close and she propels me along every single day. I am so grateful we can laugh together. Laughing is the best medicine and a great stress release! I also love to read and snuggle my dog (Henry). Words I once said that still ring true today: Gratitude is my faithful sidekick. I will never take for granted having a roof over my head, food on the table, and people to love in my life. The rest of it I will manage one day at a time. Cherish the moments that matter. Give what you can. As much as you can. Time is as valuable as treasure.

Board Member - Rachel Hansen

Board Member - Linda Janotha

I am the National Sales leader for Optum/UnitedHealth Group. I chose to become a board member of OACP because I love that OACP provides a variety of healthy foods to guests in a dignified manner that allows them to develop a variety of skills. I was also impressed that OACP works hard to stay relevant by developing new initiatives in response to current needs. I love new adventures and challenges as well as spending time on the water, traveling, bicycling and, of course, time with family and friends. OACP has allowed me to share my passion with my family. My retired mother, Carol Wokosin, has volunteered more than 100 hours at the pantry and I have periodically volunteered with my son and daughter.

Board Member - Ava McCall

I am a retired faculty member from the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. I taught preservice teachers methods of teaching social studies for 26 years and served as chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for 12 years. I have been connected to the pantry since it was located in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church and was led by volunteers. Each semester I invited the director of the pantry to my social studies methods class to explain the importance of the pantry as a community resource. The students responded by donating money, food, or toiletries to the pantry. After I retired from the university, the pantry director invited me to become a board member. It was a pleasure to join the board to support the pantry’s important work in the community. When I was teaching in elementary schools and at the university, teaching was my way to make the world better by offering learning opportunities to all students. Education is an avenue to a better life. However, students cannot learn if they are hungry. No one can experience human dignity if they do not have their basic needs met. Supporting the pantry’s work in reducing hunger within the community is my way to support educational opportunities and protect human dignity. My husband and I love to travel to different places to bike on paved bike trails and enjoy the scenery of the area. We have biked on most long-distance bike trails in Wisconsin. We have also biked in other Midwestern states, such as Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, and Michigan as well as in Florida, Georgia, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. We have been fortunate enough to bike in several different European countries (Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), appreciate the beautiful physical environments, learn more about the cultures, and taste delicious foods.

Board Member - Melissa Pingel

Melissa double majored (B.S) in Political Science and Legal Studies from UW-Madison, WI and earned her J.D. Law Degree from Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, WI. She is currently the Elected Clerk of Circuit Court for Winnebago County. She also enjoys staying involved in groups that help others, such as the Legal Assistance Committee for the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Wellness Committee for the County, City and School District. She loves promoting both physical and mental health in her community. Melissa realized her values aligned with OACP and made the decision to become an OACP board member. In her free time, Melissa enjoys reading, learning, traveling, staying physically active with Yoga and Pilates and spending time with her parents. She loves old cars and enjoys going to car shows with her dad. She also has the most spoiled black lab, Colonel, who can always bring a smile to her face.

Board Member - Nick Belville

Nick is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s of Science in psychology and a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic. Nick has served the Oshkosh community the past 11 years as a Chiropractor. Nick is passionate and excited to see individuals take control of their health with holistic methods and healthy eating habits. Nick resides in the Oshkosh area with his wife Amanda and two children, Camille and Harrison. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, home brewing, and playing guitar and drums.

Board Member - Kyle Carignan

I currently work as a Financial Analyst at Amcor, formerly Bemis Company, in Oshkosh. I graduated with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Marian University of Wisconsin in Fond du Lac. While at Marian, I was a member of the Varsity Hockey and Tennis teams.

Adjunct Board Member - Elizabeth Coleman

Elizabeth is the Leadership Oshkosh adjunct board member for the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. She is passionate about giving back to the Oshkosh Community and learned about the pantry while pursuing volunteer opportunities. In addition to participating on the OACP board she is also a board member of the Propel Young Professionals of Oshkosh, where she holds the secretary position, as well as the fund development committee of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. Elizabeth is the Director of Sourcing and Inventory Management at Silver Star brands. She holds a communication degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. When Elizabeth is not working or volunteering you can find her on the ski slopes, in a kayak, or hiking with her husband Ben and their golden doodle Barley.

How You Can Help

We rely on volunteers to inspect, sort, shelve and distribute donated food. Become a partner in the fight against hunger. The volunteer spirit is alive and well in our community.