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
Mary Harper
Vice Chairperson
Jim Escamilla
Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
Si Johnson
  Sydney Parfet
Frank Sardone
Amy Upjohn
  Von Washington, Jr.

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 of Grants
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Candice Atwater  
Community Investment Coordinator
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Kari Benjamin Hamann  
Community Investment Manager
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David Feaster  
Community Investment Officer
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Jennifer Heymoss
Community Investment Officer
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Kururama Masomere

Community Investment Officer
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Garrett Sander
Youth Advisory Council Manager
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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Elena Mireles-Hill
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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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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  Carla Fernández-Soto
Database Manager
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Beth Gregory-Wallis
Donor Relations Officer
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Julie Loncharte
Donor Relations Officer
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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 and Administration

  Susan Springgate
Vice President, Finance and Administration
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Sue Bos
Performance Excellence Manager
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  Kallista Fernanders
Finance Officer, Accounting
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Christa Hauke

Accounts Payable/Facilities
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Rhonda McGee

Information Systems Officer
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Lina Mwema
Finance Coordinator, Grantmaking
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Karen Racette
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Human Resources

Erycka Hunter 
Director, Human Resources
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Chaney Bear
Manager, Human Resources
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Marketing Communications

Sarah Lee
Director, Marketing Communications
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Jordan Duckens
Communications Officer
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Tim Smolenski
Marketing & Events Officer
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Laura Galaviz
Donor Relations Officer - Scholarship
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Nancy Timmons
Scholarship Coordinator
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Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Emily Olivares
Manager, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
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Frances Vicioso
Manager, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)
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