The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation Team

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of a team of dedicated individuals who are committed to our mission of overall community betterment. No matter what you’re here for, the Community Foundation team is here for you.

Click on the team member’s image below to learn more about them!

Hadley Streng

Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services
criker@ghacf.org

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration
pmacdonald@ghacf.org

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program
hcole@ghacf.org

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications
mswiftney@ghacf.org

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation
kfuller@ghacf.org

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer
lgrevel@ghacf.org

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate
awhisman@ghacf.org

Crystal Weersing

Administrative Assistant
cweersing@ghacf.org

The GHACF is where it is today because of the men and women who’ve served on our board. We’re thankful for their passion, dedication, and service. Click to learn more and see the list of all those who have served on the GHACF board.

Board of Trustees

The Governing Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation is made up of local leaders from diverse backgrounds. Our trustees provide invaluable guidance and vision for all areas of our work. These individuals donate their time, energy, and expertise to help us identify opportunities for long-term community impact, respond swiftly and appropriately when unforeseen challenges arise, and address our community’s ever-changing social, cultural, educational, and greatest needs.

Randy Hansen

Chair
Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

Secretary
JSJ Corporation

Barb VanHeest

Treasurer
Chase Bank

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Tammy Bailey

Buy Right Packaging Supply

Keith Konarska

Retired Superintendent

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Shirley Woodruff

Heritage Property Management

Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

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GHACF Affiliates: Coopersville Area Community Foundation

Did you know that the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has two affiliate community foundations, each of which serves other communities in Northern Ottawa County? Both Allendale and the Coopersville Area are home to their own foundations, and we’d like to spotlight them in a two-part blog series. First, the Coopersville Area Community Foundation…

“The foundation for a brighter future”

“Our role as a community foundation is to support our students and continue to explore ways to lift them up,” said Lauren Grevel, Education and Youth Initiatives Officer at the GHACF. “There is a growing, nationwide conversation among scholarship providers on how to best support and engage first-generation college students, and our scholarship committee and team are no different.”

Leaving a Legacy

While legacy can be defined in many different ways, the Legacy Society at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Foundation as the beneficiary of any type of planned or deferred gift. The purpose of the group is to acknowledge and thank those who have planned for these gifts and to inspire other individuals to do the same.

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