Meet Our Staff
Kenny Frost, Store Manager
Kenny grew up in Washtenaw County, gardening, hunting, and harvesting with the seasons. He began working in restaurants during high school, where he discovered a love of hospitality and quality food. He continued to cultivate his interests in cooking and local ingredients while earning his degree in English and Speech Communication, and discovered a particular love for rustic European fare and traditionally made spirits and wine. Career opportunities led him to move to New York City in 2013. Though the reputation of the NYC dining scene cannot be overstated, the competition and pace was at odds with the collaborative, farm to table sensibilities of his youth. He had already been contemplating moving back to Michigan to get involved in the sustainable "locavorian" food movement when the pandemic began altering everyone's lives and plans dramatically. Living in Dexter and then Manchester for 4 months, Kenny was already becoming a regular at Acorn when the Store Manager position became available. He is now very happy to call both Manchester and Acorn "Home". Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aileen Rohwer, Store Assoicate.
Alieen has been with the market since Sept 2020 helping to run the storefront and online ordering platform. An avid foodie, cook and gardener, she was attracted to the Acorn Market for its mission of providing fresh food and supporting the economic vitality of its farmers. As an 11 year resident of Manchester, she is most known for working and volunteering with Riverfolk Music & Arts who has a similar mission model with live music and musicians. Aileen enjoys connecting people to available resources providing meaning and value to life in Manchester.
Meet Our Board
Megan DeLeeuw serves as the Board Chair of the Acorn Farmers’ Market & Café. Megan has been involved in local food systems work for over 14 years, 8 years of which were starting and running Hand Sown Farm in Sharon Township. Megan has been involved in various aspects of local food systems work including earning a certificate in Organic Agriculture from Michigan State University; serving on several Farmers’ Market Steering Committees; coordinating sales with a cooperative of urban farmers and gardeners, developing and executing hands-on workshops as part of Beginning Farmer/Rancher USDA Grant, and selling locally sourced product to chefs in Ann Arbor and Detroit as a Sales Representative with Cherry Capital Foods (previously Earthy Delights). Megan serves as the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Conservation District and serves on the Agricultural Land Preservation Advisory Committee (ALPAC) for Washtenaw County.
Theresa Herron serves as the Vice Chair. Theresa has lived in the village with her family for 17 years and works as a speech therapist for the Manchester Community Schools. While living in Manchester, Theresa has served on boards for the Co-op Preschool, the Manchester Ladies Society, the Klager PTO and Middle School PTSA, and the Manchester Community Schools Foundation. In addition, she was a Girl Scout leader for 13 years. She has belonged to several local Community Sponsored Agriculture (CSA) farms over the past 10 years, and has a strong interest in bringing local food to the community, as a way to improve the health of residents and also the economic health of the local farming community.
Linda Davis serves as the Board Treasurer. Linda has a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan, with her projects exploring local produce and its relation to architecture and design. Her post-graduate professional work has included the coordination of a therapy greenhouse for patients with neurological injuries, teaching classes and employing clients in programs such as growing herbs and vegetables for the campus cafeteria. While continuing to pursue plant-based passions in her free time, her career has taken a different path to focus on community education programming, and billing and scheduling for a nearby school district's child care program.
Laura Billetdeaux serves as Board Secretary. Laura has been a Manchester resident since 1987 when she and husband Neal moved from Ann Arbor to raise their family. Laura has served as VP of Education and Programs for the Children with Diabetes organization, a 501c3 nonprofit, for the past 21 years. She holds an MS in Education from the University of Michigan. An avid vegetable gardener, Laura believes a market which features local produce and other products is key to a healthy town and community. She prefers to buy ‘all things edible’ from local sources and appreciates the variety of meats, grains, and vegetables available at Acorn. Prior to joining the Board, Laura enjoyed volunteering for both Food Gatherers and Acorn Farmer's Market. She simply enjoys being ‘hands-on with food.’
Ruth VanBogelen, Ph.D., serves as a Board Director. Ruth is retired from Pfizer after a 33 year research career ending as the Director of one of Pfizer’s ten technology Centers of Excellence . Her focus over the last 8 years has been community health and wellness including helping to revive a local farmers market, starting a community garden, leading a school garden program and starting a weight loss support group. For 2 years she worked for 5 Healthy Towns Foundation helping to define the role of a new position, Coalition Coordinator, working with 5 Community Wellness Coalitions. Ruth recently finished two terms (6 years) on the Board of Directors for 5 Healthy Towns Foundation and continues to serve on their Committee for Strategic Impact.
Laura Wohlgemuth serves as a Board Director. Laura grew up in Sharon Township in Manchester. She has a B. S. in Elementary Education and taught kindergarten in Oakland County for eight years before moving back out to Manchester with her husband Jason to start their family. As a young mom, Laura looked forward to her weekly adventures at the Manchester Farmers Market and quickly bonded with the local farmers and vendors. Laura has a deep desire to support local and most of their food and body care products come from local farms and vendors. Laura served on the Manchester Farmers Market Board and organized seasonal events for four years and was the Manchester Farmers Market Manager for two of those years. During her management of the farmers market, the vendor numbers grew substantially. There were also fun, family events every week including many promoting healthy living. The Manchester Farmers Market wasn’t just a farmers market, it was family! Laura also enjoys helping out the community by hosting homeschool activities and organizing a Holiday Homeschool Choir that sings to local seniors. Her heart’s desire is to bring health and happiness to the Manchester community!
Laurie Brewis serves as a Board Director. Laurie is an Attorney with the TGQ Law Firm based in Ann Arbor and servicing greater Michigan. She also teaches Health Care Law at the University of Michigan-Flint. Laurie received her law degree from Michigan State University College of Law and has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 2001. She focuses her practice primarily in the areas of Wills, Estates, Trusts, Probate Law, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning. Laurie and her husband live in the Village of Manchester with their two children, and their three dogs. Along with serving on as a board member for Acorn Farmers Market & Café, Laurie enjoys serving her local community as the Treasurer for the Manchester Area Historical Society, Board member for Blue Star Service Dogs, member of the Manchester Ladies Society, and serving as Vice Chair of the Village of Manchester’s Planning Commission.