Board of Directors
Edward J. Aber
Support Service Specialist
Courtney Schlapfer - Kitchen Manager
Chef Courtney brings 25 years of experience in restaurant, catering, and private cooking to Manna, including two years in culinary work for an assisted living facility. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, Courtney has a passion for crafting seasonal, local, healthy, colorful, and delicious farm-to-table fare. Outside of cooking, she is also a floral designer, event planner, and mom. Courtney is excited to share her creativity and skill sets with Manna's soup kitchen, culinary school, and catering endeavors. To reach Courtney, please email her at email@example.com or call (970) 385-5095 ext. 6.
Ann Morse - Executive Director
Ann has been an active member of the Durango community for the last 15 years. She owned and managed the Lost Dog Bar and Lounge in downtown Durango for 11 years. Ann then was an Executive Assistant/Project Manager at Axis Health System before serving as the Director of the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store. Originally from Virginia, she possesses a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Economics from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Ann brings strong leadership and business savvy to her position at Manna, and enjoys sharing the importance and value of Manna's mission with the community. To reach Ann, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 385-5095 ext. 7.
McKenzie Miller - Culinary Manager
Chef McKenzie earned her degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She took what she learned at school to a French brasserie in Virginia before making her way back home to Durango. One Valentine’s Day, she offered to volunteer at Manna in hopes of sharing her culinary knowledge with other staff members. Her relationship with Manna grew and she was asked to come onboard as the culinary manager for Manna’s new program. McKenzie takes pride in knowing that not only is the Manna culinary program helping to put people to work, it’s also contributing to the local talent pool and providing establishments with qualified employees. Having a positive impact on those in need as well as her community is what she values the most in her job. To reach McKenzie, please email her at email@example.com or call (970) 385-5095 ext. 4.
Erika Morin - Support Service Specialist
Erika spent her several years in college volunteering at a soup kitchen, an experience which helped solidify her desire to serve others. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in geography/urban & regional planning, she began her career in city planning through internships with the City of Gainesville, Florida. There, she had the opportunity to cut her teeth in local government before deciding to relocate to Durango to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. She then came to Manna and, as Manna’s Support Service Specialist, Erika aims to lend a supportive ear in a respectful environment in the hopes of helping each of Manna's clients achieve their goals. To reach Erika, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (970) 385-5095 ext. 3.
Pam Gibson - Facility Assistant
Pam was a longtime volunteer at Manna before becoming a staff member. She also spent time helping at the Denver Rescue Mission. Generally, there’s someone within an organization who wears many hats and at Manna, it’s Pam. From coordinating the student backpack program that offers meals for food insecure children to stocking goods and looking after facility upkeep, Pam’s the all-around employee who gets things done. She brings to her role at Manna a listening ear and desire to help those in need. Tackling problems and finding solutions together is what she strives to do at Manna. No matter what’s being called for, she’s always willing to lend a hand.