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Kathy Garthe


Kathy and her husband, Gene, are fruit farmers in Northport, Michigan in Leelanau County growing cherries, apples, and pears.

She retired as Vice President for Regional System Development and Corporate Communication for Munson Healthcare where her focus was carefully coordinated health services care for the combined northern lower 21 counties. More than 30 years of her work life was involved with streamlining and improving processes of work and communication, using Baldrige, ISO, Six Sigma, and team improvement techniques. In addition to growing fruit, she commits her time to serving the Leelanau community through board involvement and is currently a board member for the Northport Area Heritage Association and the Leelanau Conservancy.