Meet Our Board and Team

Here at KZCF we are a team of people who love where we live and love what we do. We give back to Kalamazoo County by investing in people and programs that will help create a community where every person can reach full potential.

Our board of trustees provides guidance for our grantmaking and community leadership. Our trustees donate their time, energy and expertise to help us identify opportunities for community impact and address community needs.

Our staff works with donors, nonprofits and community members to make a meaningful impact on Kalamazoo County. It includes skilled professionals in community investment, donor relations, finance, administration, scholarship, human resources and marketing communications.

Board of Trustees

   Hon. Carolyn Williams
Von Washington Jr.
Vice Chair
Mary Harper
Jim Escamilla

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
   Si Johnson

Sydney Parfet

   Amy Upjohn

Leadership and Governance


Carrie Pickett-Erway
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  Terry Cropper
Executive Assistant to the CEO
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Community Investment

  Sandy Barry-Loken  
Vice President, Grants
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Kari Benjamin Hamann  
Community Investment Manager
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David Feaster  
Community Investment Officer
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Kururama Masomere
Director Impact Investment
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Tshepo Mathekga
Community Investment Officer
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Lily Salas 
Community Investment Officer
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Allie VanHeest 
Community Investment Officer
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

  Carla Fernández-Soto
Learning & Culture Officer
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Donor Relations

Joanna Donnelly Dales
Vice President, Donor Relations
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  Stacey Charron-Milnikel (she/her)
Donor Relations Coordinator
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Beth Gregory-Wallis
Donor Relations Officer
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Julie Loncharte
Donor Relations Officer
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Adrienne Neubert
Database Manager
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Valerie Mitchell  
Donor Relations Coordinator
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Sharayl Moore
Development Officer
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Cindy Trout
Donor Relations Officer
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Finance & Investments


Susan Springgate
Vice President, Finance and Administration
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  Candice Atwater
Finance Manager, Investments
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  Kallista Fernanders
Finance Officer, Accounting
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Christa Hauke
Accounts Payable/Facilities
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Lina Mwema
Finance Coordinator, Grantmaking
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Karen Racette
Finance Officer, Audit
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Initiatives & Public Policy

Jennifer Heymoss
Vice President, Initiatives & Public Policy
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Human Resources

Chaney Bear
Manager, Human Resources
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Joe Galaviz 
HR Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
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Marketing Communications

Sarah Lee
Director, Marketing Communications
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Lauren Boulton
Marketing Officer

  Jordan Duckens
Communications Officer

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Tim Smolenski

Marketing Communications Coordinator
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Erycka Hunter
Vice President, Operations
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Sue Bos
Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Operations
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Rhonda McGee
Information Systems Officer
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Laura Galaviz
Director of Scholarships
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Meredith Bradford 
Scholarship Manager
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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

  Emily Olivares
Co-Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
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  Frances Vicioso
Co-Director, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
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Ebony Hemphill
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Coordinator
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