Debbie Horwitz is one of the three founders and directors of PORCH. She manages PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s fresh Food for Families program, growing participation by nearly 20-fold since 2010. Debbie’s favorite parts of her job include working directly with recipient families and school social workers, recruiting and managing wonderful volunteers, overseeing finances, and collaborating with the many other organizations that partner with PORCH.
Susan Romaine is one of the three founders and directors of PORCH. From her decades working with non-profit organizations, Susan gained experience in public relations, organizing and coalition-building, volunteer recruitment and training, and administrative and managerial duties that serves her well in her role as a director of PORCH. She considers the founding of PORCH – with her friends Christine and Debbie – to be her most rewarding professional achievement.
Alicia Altmueller has been an active community member since the day she moved to North Carolina over 11 years ago. She incorporates her years of work experience in the nonprofit world into all of her volunteer efforts at local groups such as PORCH, Book Harvest, Weaver Street Market and Judea Reform Congregation. When not serving PORCH, Alicia can be found in her garden or biking around Carrboro with her family.
Julie Grill had a career in various entrepreneurial businesses in the medical device industry for over 25 years. As part of her role, she raised significant funds through state and federal grants for product and business development, and she brings that experience to grant writing for PORCH.
Fran Hamer retired in 2003 after 32 years working in the pharmaceutical industry to join her husband Bob here in Chapel Hill. During her retirement, Fran has devoted her free time to the nonprofit world, running PORCH’s flea market, volunteering with the American Red Cross, helping to launch the Karen Youth Art Group through the FRANK Gallery Community Outreach Program, and establishing a nonprofit organization providing educational and social services for the refugee community.
Lisa Josephs grew up around the family dinner table hearing stories, learning life lessons and just sharing the day over a meal. She graduated with a BSN from Northeastern University in 1985 where she began to understand the importance of nutrition. Her work as a nurse helped her understand that food and the nutrition it provided were not available to everyone. Lisa has served PORCH, first as a Neighborhood Coordinator and then as a Board Member, since its inception in 2010. She appreciates the opportunity to affect real and meaningful change in our community.
Laura Malinchock, the mother of three growing boys, has seen firsthand the speed with which children can empty a well-stocked fridge. She can only imagine the stress parents face when their monthly budgets are stretched too thin to adequately feed their growing children. Helping to relieve at least a little bit of this stress is a very important cause, one that Laura is proud to support over the past six years through PORCH. Her primary duties include using her marketing degree from Virginia Tech to promote our hunger relief effort within the community, assisting with the distribution of non-perishable foods to local pantries, and supporting the Food for Families program by packing and delivering fresh produce to local families. Outside of her work with PORCH, Laura is active in the PTAs at hers sons’ schools and sits on the parent committee of their Boy Scout troop.
Lynn Scattolini is a retired executive who formerly worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She served as a trustee of the Chapel Hill Public Library and on the boards of the Family Violence Prevention Center and the Compass Center for Women and Children since moving to Chapel Hill a decade ago. She is filled with gratitude for the opportunity to serve her adopted community as a volunteer with PORCH.
Becky Hebert is a native of Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota, where she earned a degree in Economics and Communications. After working in Human Resources in the manufacturing and banking industries, she was fortunate to stay at home while she and her husband raised their four children in Chapel Hill. During that time, she volunteered in their classrooms and held various positions on PTA and Athletic Booster Club committees. Becky Hebert is currently the Food for Schools Coordinator for PORCH.