The running of the Downtown Market is the result of incredible teamwork. Here’s the team behind the work.

Mimi Fritz


Mimi has spent the past ten years designing strong urban places for communities of people to live and have fun. As president and CEO of the Downtown Market, she is focused on creating a healthier food system that connects farmers, chefs, and consumers.

Amanda Gielczyk

Vice President of Marketing & Operations

Amanda brings over ten years of retail marketing experience. She is a forward-thinking and results-oriented manager, with demonstrated expertise in event planning and media buying!

Mary Gunther

Director of Human Resources

Mary has a passion for moving organizations and people forward!  Mary leads efforts to build human resource processes, procedures, and programs with the goal of making the Downtown Market an innovative, forward-thinking organization - and one of the best places to work for in Grand Rapids!

Carrie Zandbergen

Director of Sales & Events

Carrie is helping to turn the Market into THE destination for magical events in downtown Grand Rapids. She oversees the private event staff, and is the person to talk to if you’re looking for a venue that your guests will never forget.

Tom Peterson

Leasing & Tenant Relations Manager

Tom is an experienced commercial real estate professional with a complex background ranging from retail leasing to finance. Tom oversees all of our leasing activities as well as tenant relations, and strives to advance the Market’s mission to maintain and enhance its status as a vibrant gathering place for our community.

Ryan Brinkerhoff

Creative Manager

Ryan is about as creative as they come. With a strong focus on design, he leads the Market’s branding and visual communication through careful art direction and execution.

Carlie Zervan

Digital Marketing Coordinator

With more than five years of digital marketing experience, Carlie uses her knowledge and skills to tell the story of the Market.  Carlie’s goal is to show the community that whether it’s a cooking class or scoop of ice cream, there is a little something for everyone at the Downtown Market.

Cait Fritz

Operations Manager

Cait’s efforts span multiple facets of the Market, office operations, technology, book keeping and so much more.

Madison Martinez

Event Coordinator

Madison brings more to the table than just precise event coordination! Her past experience as an event planner and wedding assistant makes her an asset to the Market and the Events Team.

Katie Clark

Beverage & Events Manager

Katie handles beverage services and staffing for all Market private events. She is in charge of making sure your event’s bar is well staffed and your guests are well served!

Denise Hopkins

Greenhouse Manager

Denise brings her love of nature and experience creating empowering spaces to our greenhouse. As an architect, landscape designer, and plantswoman, she’s growing our indoor and outdoor gardens.

Kelsey Harvey

Office Manager

Kelsey is indispensable when it comes to keeping the Admin Office running smoothly. Her attention to detail is only matched by her positive attitude!

Laura Rowland

Administrative Coordinator

Laura loves the Downtown Market, and she’s happy to tell you why! With a background in hospitality and communications, she’s always ready to give exceptional guest service-no matter what you need.

Paris Collins-McClain

Administrative Coordinator

Paris takes her job very seriously, but that doesn’t stop her from helping Market guests with a smile! She is enthusiastic about her duties as an Administrative Coordinator and it shows!

Jordan Kossuth

Administrative Coordinator

Jordan pilots the Administrative Office over the weekends. Her ability to problem solve is only surpassed by her willingness to help!

Brian Burch

Public Relations

Brian is a communications professional with more than 12 years of experience working with some of the Midwest’s biggest ideas, including ArtPrize, Start Garden, the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Millennium Park: Chicago.

Erin Cataldo

Public Relations

Erin takes PR seriously. She gets Market news out there with determination and creativity.


Our porters do the hard work of keeping the Market clean and preparing our spaces for private events and Market activities.

Glenn Bachelder

Director of Facilities

Glenn has over ten years of facility management under his belt! His extensive knowledge of plumbing, heating, construction, and maintenance make him an expert in assuring the Market is in tip top shape.

Wanda Bluntson


Jazmyne James


Elizabeth Medendorp


Patrick Watson


Dayna Jousma


Michael Alonzo