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Meet the Board

Board meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm. We begin with a prayer and a meal, shared with our guests in residence. Visitors are always welcome. Please contact us in advance if you are interested in joining us for dinner, attending a meeting or exploring the possibility of serving on the board or any of our committees.

Carmen Mora

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Chair

Resource Development and Family Services Manager, Saginaw-Shiawassee Habitat for Humanity

“Volunteering at Mustard Seed Shelter is a way for me to bring about good in the world right where God has placed me. It is my opportunity to respond to the plight of homeless women and children. I love working with a community of people – board members, volunteers and staff – who also feel a call from God to do what we can … to do something … to do what seems impossible … to help bring about miracles in people’s lives every day. Volunteering for Mustard Seed Shelter is an honor and part of my life commitment.”

Sigrid Ewers

Mustard Seed Shelter Secretary and Founding Board Member

Community Volunteer

“I’ve had a good life, which makes me want to give back to people who are less fortunate so they may become a happy and productive part of our society.”

Michael Haremski

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Systems Analyst, Ascension Health

“Every time I visit Mustard Seed Shelter, I leave in awe of the people and the work that is done there. By serving on the board, I hope I am able to assist those who truly make a difference in helping our guests grow and reshape their lives.”

Denise DeKett

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Retired, Michigan Department of Corrections

“I was honored to be asked to sit on the Mustard Seed Shelter board of directors – and am humbled to be able to offer my own ideas and suggestions. The amount of knowledge this board has to offer is astounding. Decisions are thought through, fact-based and applied with real caring.”

Kathy Bonn

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Director of Pastoral Care, Covenant HealthCare

“Mustard Seed Shelter helps women and children in crisis in a compassionate family-like atmosphere – offering hope to the homeless.”

James Jaime

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Vice Chair

Retired Business Owner, Michigan Pipe and Valve – Saginaw

“This is one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling board positions I’ve ever held. Mustard Seed Shelter tugs at my heart like no other organization. I get excited about attending meetings and functions, but more than anything, I’m excited to do my part to help meet the needs of the homeless in our community. One of the most meaningful moments for me is watching our guests move from temporary to permanent housing – watching them grow and take flight – it’s so inspiring.”

Mark Kraynak

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Social Worker, HealthSource Saginaw

“As a Christian, I like that ‘Mustard Seed’ draws its mission from faith. Christ told his disciples that, with just a tiny measure of it, they could move mountains. I am proud to serve as a board member for an organization that continues to place faith in people who were once homeless and who are now building toward an independent and productive future.”

Michelle Stolsmark

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Former Parks and Recreation Administrator

“I’m a former guest of Mustard Seed Shelter and was there at the lowest time in my life. Mustard Seed helped me rebuild my life. Now I’m back in the community, giving back to others. In addition to the Mustard Seed board, I’m serving on the board of my neighborhood watch group. The changes I’ve seen in myself since living at the shelter are very exciting.”

William Hartl

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Member

Retired Director of Special Education, Saginaw ISD

“The work that Mustard Seed Shelter does for women in Saginaw is awesome! It is such an honor, as a member of the board of directors, to be part of such a wonderful and caring organization, even if only in a small way. I continue to be in awe of the women who come here seeking support and then go on to achieve success in their lives. May God bless them!”

Leona Sullivan

Mustard Seed Shelter Board Treasurer

Associate Director, Mustard Seed Shelter

“I have counted on the wisdom and experience of the board to guide Mustard Seed Shelter through a continuity plan to this new stage of development. Inspired by the Gospel, the board is open to connecting with community to increase job and housing opportunities, while never losing focus on our mission to ‘water the seed of inner strength in women so they can start a new life for themselves and their children.’ Board members make a vital difference for our women.”