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!

Patty MacDonald

Interim Executive Director and Director of Finance & Administration

Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services

Holly Cole

Director of Grants & Program

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation

Rebecca Nash

Administrative Assistant

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate

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

Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Tammy Bailey

Buy Right Packaging Supply

Mark Kleist

Scholten Fant

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Sandy Huber

Retired Educator

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Mark Pereira

Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Barb VanHeest

Chase Bank

Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

Recent Blog Posts

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FAFSA: More Than Just Financial Aid

FAFSA is the federal form that college students complete to determine their eligibility for federal grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and loans. Living in Northwest Ottawa County, when I talk with families about completing the FAFSA, I often hear, “We won’t get any assistance so we aren’t completing the FAFSA.”

It doesn’t matter what your income is—completing the FAFSA is imperative for many reasons.

Board Feature: Sandy Huber

Sandy Huber has served on the GHACF board since 2013, during which time she has chaired the Grants Committee and served on the Scholarship Committee.

Our Annual Report is Now Available

Our annual report is now available! Download a PDF from our website or view the digital version online. Inside we highlight six grants from the past year, our YAC’s youth empowerment mission, countless new funds, and we even share how each team member at the GHACF gives back to the community. 

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