Meet the Ozaukee Food Alliance Board of Directors
Eli is owner of That Taco Guy LLC., a local family run food truck. Eli’s passion for cooking started as a young child when he would spend hours in the kitchen with his mom. The love and laughter that filled her kitchen fueled Eli’s drive to bring that to everyone who eats at That Taco Guy. Eli became involved with Ozaukee Food Alliance by hosting Give Back events through his food truck to raise funds for the pantry. Eli is excited to part of the food pantry’s Board of Directors by being an advocate for the people that don’t have a voice. As a child, Eli benefitted from places like Ozaukee Food Alliance and knows the true need of food insecurity in our area. When Eli is not busy creating new and unique taco ideas, he loves to play and coach hockey and enjoy quiet time with his family
Carissa Barnes is the executive director for the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center, a local nonprofit with the purpose of creating a stronger community by supporting a network of nonprofits through collaboration. She has a strong passion for giving back to the community she lives in and thrives under joint efforts that support nonprofit organizations and causes within the community where she lives. The best part of serving is knowing that even the smallest gestures may mean making a significant difference in someone else’s life. Carissa lives with her husband and their daughter in Belgium.
April Klinter and her husband Darren own Advantage Auto Service and Sales in Saukville and live just a few miles away with their three rescue dogs. They have two grown children, Gabrielle and Jacob, both graduates of Port Washington High School. Previously, April was the Board President for Milwaukee Empty Bowls and a member of the Executive Council at the Hunger Task Force. Through her work with those organizations she gained a good amount of knowledge around hunger insecurity. Her biggest takeaway is pretty simple: Everyone should be able to feed their family nutritious, quality, culturally-appropriate food. April shared that while there is a growing need for help in Ozaukee county a lot of people are unaware of the extent of that need. Her goal is to help create opportunities to build community with both those who can provide help and those who could use help. April is animal-lover and avid traveler and when she is not off on an adventure, she also volunteers her time with Sandi Paws Animal Rescue.
Lonnie currently lives in Port Washington and joined the Ozaukee Food Alliance in 2023 as both a
volunteer and board member. After a 20+ year career managing global teams at Rockwell Automation,
he’s turned much of his focus to giving back to his community. Lonnie and his wife, Cindy, have been
long time residents in Ozaukee County graduating two daughters from Cedarburg High School. In his
free time, he enjoys travel, visiting family and attending his beloved Golden Gopher football games.
He looks forward to partnering with local businesses throughout the county who are eager to reinvest in
the community. His ultimate goal is to provide a helping hand and safety net to those with food
insecurity in an efficient and environmentally sustainable model.
Bethany started her time in volunteering at a soup kitchen in high school and then heard about Ozaukee Food Alliance through her mother, Erica Turner, a former beloved board member. Since starting at the food pantry, Bethany loves to help at the Mobile Food Pantries and interacting with every person that comes through the line and starting a conversation with each patron. Bethany enjoys having those first interactions and calls it the Impression Demonstration; you take a few minutes you have to show someone a smile, now knowing if they had seen one that day.
Being one of our youngest board members, Bethany is hoping to get younger folks involved in the food pantry, making it fun and showing them the worthwhile feeling that comes with helping others. When Bethany is not volunteering at the pantry, she enjoys baking, gaming, and nature walks. Bethany is currently enrolled in school for Early Childhood Education and works at Turnhall Financial Group in Cedarburg in financial administration.
Chris is Branch Manager and Vice President of the Port Washington State Bank’s Saukville Branch. Chris’ banking career started after graduating from UW-Whitewater and includes the last 10 years with PWSB. Chris was born and raised in Port Washington, and continues to call it home. She has devoted many years to volunteering in the community. Most recently as President of the Saukville Chamber of Commerce, and previously on the Board of Directors for the Northern Ozaukee United Way, Treasurer for Possibility Playground and Port Fish Day. In her spare time, Chris loves to spend time with her 2 daughters, travel and play golf.