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

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation

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

Barb VanHeest

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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Recent Grants Focus on Youth, Wellness

At the end of May, our board, together with the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), announced nine second-round grant awards, totaling $203,015 in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $25,000 grant to the City of Ferrysburg for a new playground at Fire Barn Park at the intersection of 174th Avenue and North Shore Road.

What Does First-Gen Mean?

As we wrap up our scholarship season, we were fortunate to provide over $500,000 in scholarships to students in Northwest Ottawa County. We hold over 100 scholarship funds with varying criteria, such as financial need, academic achievements, and field of study. Another factor our scholarship committee considers is if a student would be among the first in their family in their generation to continue their education after high school.

Grant Recipient: Bluebird Cancer Retreats

Bluebird Cancer Retreat’s mission has always been to serve adults who have been affected by cancer. It is the only retreat opportunity of its kind for those with cancer in the West Michigan region, and one of only 34 retreat centers serving adults with cancer in the nation. “Most cancer retreats focus on children,” said Renee Denslow, Executive Director of Bluebird Cancer Retreats. “But adults have families and the need to serve the entire family was huge. We wanted to do something for the families and asked ourselves what it would look like if adults could attend with their kids.”

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