Meet Our Board

Midland's Open Door is run by a volunteer Board of Directors. They all share a deep commitment to help those in need. Meet some of them and learn why they have chosen to share their gifts in this way.

Tricia Sommer

"I have worked and lived in the Midland area for 30 years and became aware of the Open Door’s ministry several years ago. As I learned about the services the Open Door provides and read the mission and vision statements I felt called to volunteer my time to this organization. I look forward to God using my gifts to serve His people at Midland’s Open Door for His glory."

Jerry Nielsen

"I have lived in Midland County my entire life and retired from my role as Sheriff where I worked in many different ways with "Midland’s Open Door." At the Sheriff’s Office we would deliver those in need of food and shelter to their care on several occasions. The Sheriff's Office also supported the jail ministries by allowing lay people to enter the jail and share their experiences and beliefs in God. When asked to join the board in June of 2015 I couldn't refuse. My past experiences with Midland’s Open Door's leaders and the services they provide to those with needs is why I joined this team."

Gary Black

"I am a retiree from a career in communications. I am part of the Midland Evangelical Free Church community and began working with Midland's Open Door for the first Dine on the Door's event in 2013. I was on the initial board for ASON, Americans Serving Other Nationals, when it was founded in Florida. A meaningful Bible verse for me is Micah 6:8: He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?"

Brad Duling

"I was truly grateful for the opportunity to join Midland’s Open Door Board in April 2016. I am amazed at the time, talent and dedication put in by our volunteers and staff to help people in our community at times of their greatest need. Meeting the basic needs of people in our community is one of the most challenging yet rewarding goals of Midland’s Open Door. Whether providing meals in the soup kitchen, shelter for the body, or ministry for the soul, MOD does so with respect and dignity. I look forward to helping guide this mission by lending my expertise in finance as the board continues to guide the future of MOD."

Kathy Hansen

"As a member of the fundraising committee, I started volunteering at Midland’s Open Door to get a better idea of what goes on there on a daily basis. I worked a shift in the kitchen, and then moved on to volunteer in the office. I have continued to volunteer in the office because I feel like that is where I can best use my talents. There are so many good organizations here in Midland that people can give their time, talents and treasures to, but Midland’s Open Door has a personal connection for me. I give of my time, talents and resources because they helped restore my son-in-law to a healthy and productive life. The mission of the Open Door falls in line with my belief and my desire to love and serve others in the same way that Jesus demonstrated to us."

Heather Krantz, Treasurer

"I started volunteering at Midland’s Open Door in 2012. Now I serve on the Board because I believe in giving back to the community. I work for a local accounting firm in Midland and wanted to share my expertise/accounting background."

Victor Hosfeld, Secretary

"I was privileged to join Midland’s Open Door Board in November of 2014. I believe that hope lifts us to our feet when we fall, and opportunities propel us forward, one step at a time. Every day I am moved by the power of the human spirit in all people, and believe that everyone has the potential to succeed. Like a passport that can never expire or be lost, we carry the human spirit with us wherever we go, through all stages and struggles in life. I am blessed to work with the shelter residents, soup kitchen guests, volunteers, staff, and fellow board members."

Pastor Steve Scott, Vice President

"I was a pastor for over 25 years, including Missions Pastor for a Midland Church. Recently I served in Haiti and New Orleans doing crisis response and community development. Currently I am Executive Director for a Christian humanitarian nonprofit. As a Midland resident since 1996, I appreciate all the excellent work MOD does for many of our neediest residents and am excited to use my experience and training to help and serve however needed."

Stephanie Williams, President

"I began volunteering at the Open Door’s Soup Kitchen in the Spring of 2013 when my church posted a call for volunteers. Through my role in the Youth Services Department at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library I have a daily opportunity to experience the rewards of helping people. I am drawn to be involved in the Open Door as a way of sharing the blessings that I have received and to support an effort that has such an important impact on the physical, emotional, and spiritual lives of others."

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