Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses Board

The Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses organization was created in the fall of 2014 by Tony and Sara Posey. It was originally created to host a hockey game for a local public safety family in need. The initial hockey event was so successful, plans were made to make the hockey game an annual event. Because of the time and preparation needed to organize such a large event, additional help was needed. 

The Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses Inc. non profit organization was born. The initial board consisted of 7 members, whom were all largely tied to public safety. 

Today, the Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses organization is a 501(c)3 non profit that consists of a 9 member board and hosts multiple events and fundraisers each year. Meet the board members below!

Tony Posey is the co-founder and current board President for Grand Traverse
Guns N Hoses. Tony began his career in the fire service at 18 years old with the
Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department. He is currently a Captain with the
department and runs the Special Operations group. Tony and his wife Sara
live in Traverse City with thier daughter Kaitlyn, who is a cancer survivor.
While not putting out fires, Tony runs a business doing construction work.
"As a founding member of this organization, I am humbled by the growth
over these last five years and having raised over $72,000 for families in need.
The Guns N Hoses board is a great group of people on a mission to give back
and make our community a better place, and I am certainly proud to be a
piece of that puzzle".

Nick has been with the Guns N Hoses organization since inception and is
currently serving as the VP. Nick is a Michigan licensed Paramedic Instructor /
Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Safety studies with a minor
in Health Care Management from Siena Heights University. He has been with
Grand Traverse Metro Fire since 2005 as a Lieutenant and works at a few other
agencies in town.  When Tony and Sara brought up starting this event he thought
it was a great idea and wanted to help out! Watching families struggle with one
thing or another has always been hard, sometimes we always wish we know how
to help, with this organization we can get the community together and have a
great time while helping out anyway we can. Nick is married to Belinda who was
formally a board member and they have two children. 


Jenn Strange is the Behavioral Health Program Manager at Traverse Health Clinic
and is also the owner/operator of Arbor Heights Counseling. She has worked in a
variety of human services, criminal justice, and clinical roles as well as in post-secondary
and graduate adjunct faculty positions within the Greater Grand Traverse area.
Jenn’s past board involvement encompasses several local non-profit and youth
sports-oriented organizations. She currently serves via gubernatorial appointment
as the mental/behavioral health treatment representative to Michigan’s Criminal Justice
Policy Commission. She is also an Executive Board member for the Michigan chapter
of the National Association of Social Workers and holds an active role within the
Traverse City Trojan Football Booster Association. Jenn earned a Bachelor’s degree
in Social and Criminal Justice from Central Michigan University, a Master’s degree in
Social Work from Grand Valley State University, and a Master’s degree in General
Administration from Central Michigan University. Jenn’s nephew, Draven Dunklow,
was the beneficiary of the first Guns N Hoses hockey game. Jenn has been a dedicated
board member since then, paying forward the gratitude from her family to others.
In her free time, you can find Jenn cheering from the sidelines or in the bleachers at
one of her son’s sporting events.


Sara Posey is a co-founder of Grand Traverse Guns N Hoses and a founding board
member. Sara also worked in public safety as both a Firefighter for the Grand
Traverse Metro Fire Department and an EMT for North Flight EMS. Sara currently
works as a C.O.T. for Grand Traverse Opthalmology Clinic in TC. Sara has a passion
for helping others and has the organizational ability to keep the wheels of the
organization turning.

Kyle Clute has been a Lieutenant with Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department
since 2011 and a member of Metro since 2006. He serves as the departments
Public Information Officer and is formally the Fire and Life Safety Public Educator.
He is the Captain of the National Cherry Festival Junior Royale Parade and has served
on the parade committee or has been involved in parades for over 8 years now.
He has been involved with the GT Guns and Hoses group since that first bon fire
where the idea was born.  Kyle was asked to join the Guns and Hoses board three
years ago and has served as a general member since. He works with local media to
help get the word out about the event and night of is the announcer for the game.
He loves giving back to the community in whatever way he can and couldn’t be more
proud of the successes of the Guns and Hoses group. In his spare time he loves to
be outdoors with his friends. When he isn’t at work he enjoys golfing, boating, camping,
snowmobiling, or chasing his poorly behaved dog Nilly around.

Daren “Digger” Mansfield has been instrumental with the Guns N Hoses organization
since inception, however just recently became a board member in 2018. He joined the
fire service in 2009 with the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department and has worked as
a part time firefighter since then. Digger recently accepted a job as a full time firefighter
with the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department. He recently obtained his State of
Michigan Paramedic License and National Registery Paramedic License. Outside of work
Digger enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife (Jessica) and two girls (Lainey & Finley).
Digger enjoys being in the outdoors as much as possible hunting and fishing. "When my
good friends started the Guns N’ Hoses organization I couldn’t help but want to be apart
of it, as part of emergency services giving back to the community in a different way was
something that interested me. There was no better way than to join this wonderful group
of people to fulfill these interests. I look forward to seeing what the future holds!"

Aubyn is the Manager of Business at Heartland Hospice. Aubyn is passionate about
caring for others and dedicates both her professional and personal endeavors to
advocating for individuals and families. She has served on multiple event boards and
is also a member of the Traverse Bay Sunrise Rotary Club. New to the Guns N Hoses
board summer of 2018, she brings her enthusiasm for community involvement and
collaboration. In her limited free time you will find her enjoying anything outdoors with
her husband and their rambunctious pup, Nova.

Gregg Bird is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Grand Traverse County
and Emergency Management instructor for the National Center for Biomedical
Research and Training at Louisiana State University. Gregg has been involved in Public
Safety since 1990. He has 28 years’ experience in the fire service and over 23 years in
9-1-1 and organizational management. Gregg is a certified state of Michigan Professional
Emergency Manager, and a cohort member of the 2018 National Emergency Management
Executive Leadership Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency
Management from the University of Maryland. Gregg lives in Traverse City with his
wife Stacey and two step sons, Shane, and Cameron. Being a public safety servant
for much of his life, Gregg joined the Guns and Hoses Board of Director to continue
giving back to the community in the spirit of service for others.