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

Recent Blog Posts

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Why We Give: Joyce & Andy Cawthon

Why We Give: Joyce & Andy Cawthon

Andy and Joyce Cawthon chose to open a named greatest needs fund because “there is great value in pooling resources with other people of a similar mind,” said Andy. “My individual giving might not have an impact on a pressing community need, and if I’m picking the beneficiary, how do I know if I’m picking the best thing? We trust the foundation to make that decision for us.” By making an unrestricted contribution to the foundation, the Cawthons can rest assured that today, tomorrow, and forever those resources will be invested wisely and with a focus on impact.

Expanding the Definition of Diversity

Expanding the Definition of Diversity

Many people’s first thought when they hear the word diversity has something to do with race. With race relations as a constant nationwide conversation and at the forefront of our education, and therefore our understanding, it’s no wonder diversity and race tend to be synonymous within ourselves and popular culture.

Diversity can come from any part of a person’s identity. Race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, age, religion, education, disability, and so many others influence who we are and how others interact with us.

Youth Are Changemakers

Youth Are Changemakers

Our overall goal remains is to empower youth to be changemakers, give them the tangible skills to make sound decisions, become critically aware of some of the issues their peers face, and provide them with platforms to be community advocates.

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