Miren Hower Merrill joined Project MANA as a volunteer in 2016. She was initially involved as a member of the Fundraising Advisory Committee. She then started volunteering at the distributions finding that the "boots on the ground" approach kept her connected to the mission. This broad based experience with the organization eventually led to the position of Program Director.
Miren has 30 years of sales and small business experience and is bilingual, with Spanish being her first language. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 1989 with a B.A. in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations.
Miren's goal is to develop Project MANA'S signature service of supplemental food distribution by adding enhanced health and wellness services at distribution sites. She is currently working on a diabetes education and prevention component to benefit Project MANA's community members who might not otherwise have access to valuable information and programs.
Miren currently resides in Incline Village with her husband Andrew Merrill and her two pit bull rescues, Sunny and Macklemore. She is an avid skier, hiker and paddle boarder making the North Lake Tahoe area her favorite place in the whole world.