KZCF is mobilizing a deep network of people to advance racial, social and economic justice in Kalamazoo County.

Youth Advisory Council (YAC)

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) gives high school students a chance to build leadership capacity, connect with youth from across the county, learn about issues of social, economic, and racial justice, and to participate in equity-informed grantmaking with our nonprofit partners.

Community Investment Committee

Our Community Investment Committee (CIC) brings a local voice and adds perspective to our grantmaking process. The committee meets four times a year. Two of the meetings are for gathering information to help inform future grantmaking. The other two are to review requests between $25,000 - $50,000 and recommend approvals to the trustees.

  • Amy Upjohn, Chair
  • Artrella Cohn
  • Jim Escamilla
  • Byron Foster
  • Lissette Mira-Amaya
  • Sydney Parfet
  • Angelita Aguilar

Financial Investment Committee

The FIC works with the board of trustees to establish investment policies and objectives, and regularly monitor and review investment performance of its investment managers. The members of the FIC are volunteers and were chosen for their community and professional knowledge and leadership.

  • Bob Salisbury, Chair
  • Randy Eberts, Vice-Chair
  • Dean Bergy
  • Dan DeMent
  • Sandi Doctor
  • Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
  • Nicolas Griffith

Impact Investment Committee

This committee provides support with advancing an impact investment strategy and oversight to more critically invest assets in alignment with KZCF priorities -- equity and education. The Impact Investment Committee reviews loan applications four times a year using a Racial Equity Impact Assessment Guide to ensure alignment with investment priorities.

  • Kathleen Bolter
  • Nick Boyd
  • Carl Brown
  • Alex Minor
  • Ida Salas

Scholarship Committees

More than 150 community members give their time to our Scholarship program. These committees review scholarship applications and make decisions on scholarship awards.

KZCF Board of Trustees

Our board holds several responsibilities, including approving and supporting KZCF's vision, mission, values and strategic priorities; honoring the roles of governance; and supporting and overseeing the CEO's management of the organization. Trustees serve in a volunteer role for a three-year term, with the opportunity to be re-appointed up to five terms. The board of trustees meets six times throughout the year on a bi-monthly basis, with special meetings as necessary.

  • Von Washington Jr., Chairperson
  • Amy Upjohn, Vice Chairperson
  • Artrella Cohn
  • Jim Escamilla
  • Dr. Jorge Gonzalez
  • Dr. Xiaoan Li
  • Lucas Mansberger
  • Kama Mitchell
  • Sydney Parfet
  • Dr. L Marshall Washington

KZCF Emeritus Council

The KZCF Emeritus Council consists of former members of our Board of Trustees.

  • Barbara James, Chair
  • Jeff DeNooyer
  • Louis Felton
  • David Hatfield
  • Jack Hopkins
  • Si Johnson
  • Beverly Moore
  • Juan Olivarez
  • Carrie Pickett-Erway
  • Frank Sardone
  • Ronda Stryker
  • Betty Upjohn-Mason
  • Don Vander Kooy
  • Eileen Wilson-Oyerlaran
  • Carolyn Williams

Professional Advisor Council

Kalamazoo Community Foundation recognizes the importance of professional advisors in the charitable gift process. The advisors listed here are encouraging their clients to explore the variety of opportunities available by working with KZCF for the benefit of Kalamazoo County. Members of our Professional Advisors Council are indicated by an asterisk.

  • Nicole Asher* Greenleaf Trust
  • Robert B. Borsos Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos PC
  • Nick Boyd* Primerica
  • John Brink Brink Key & Chludzinski PC
  • Jeffrey S. Cole Cole Gavlas PC
  • Jerry Cross Cross Wietfeldt & Splendorio Financial Advisors
  • Ryan Daus Daus Financial Services
  • Mark Denenfeld* Rose Street Advisors
  • Michael Dombos Lewis Reed & Allen PC
  • Kurt Droppers R.W. Baird & Company
  • Michelle L. Eldridge Clear Ridge Wealth Management
  • Susan Fall Delehanty & Fall PC
  • Erin Gallagher* Seber Tans, PLC
  • Jessica Guerrant BDO, USA, LLP
  • Ean Hamilton DeMent & Marquardt PLC
  • Philip E. Hamilton* Miller Canfield
  • Brad Harrison Huntington Bank
  • Kevin Haverdink Haverdink Financial Management
  • Michael Holmes DeMent & Marquardt PLC
  • C. Reid Hudgins Kreis Enderle Hudgins & Borsos PC
  • Darlene Hybels* Raymond James
  • Aimee Jachym*, Miller Johnson
  • Kevin Jawahir, Greenleaf Trust
  • Joe Kiser*, Old National Bank
  • John Kuiper HFG Advisors, Inc.
  • Dori Kunkle Fisher, Spiegel, Kunkle & Gerber PC
  • Daniel B. Liehr Private Wealth Advisor
  • Michele Marquardt DeMent & Marquardt PLC
  • Charles E. Martell Charles Martell PC
  • William Millard* DeMent & Marquardt PLC
  • Clifford Mulder Raymond James
  • Brian Mullally TruNorth Capital Management
  • Charlie Ofstein DeMent & Marquardt PLC
  • William R. Oudsema Attorney
  • Sydney Parfet Lake, Parfet & Schau PLC
  • Craig Platt Rose Street Advisors
  • Sabrina Pritchett-Evans* State Farm Insurance
  • Gerald L. Reed Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
  • Jeff K. Ross Jeff K. Ross Financial Services
  • John Schoolman TruNorth Capital Management
  • Harold Schuitmaker Schuitmaker Cooper & Schuitmaker Cypher & Knotek PC
  • Lowell Seyburn Seyburn & Associates PC
  • Mike Shields Lewis Reed & Allen PC
  • Joe Splendorio Cross Wietfeldt & Splendorio Financial Advisors
  • Lindsey Splendorio Cross Wietfeldt & Splendorio Financial Advisors
  • Nancy Springgate* James & Springgate PLC
  • Greg St. Arnauld Lewis Reed & Allen PC
  • Danielle Streed Danielle Streed & Associates, PLLC
  • Eric Tiller Raymond James
  • James R. Valk Jansen Valk Thompson Reahm
  • Craig A. Vander Molen LVM Capital Management LTD
  • William D. Vander Salm CPA, Attorney-at-Law
  • Jack VanSlambrouck Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC
  • Andrew J. Vorbrich* Lennon Miller O'Connor & Bartosiewicz PLC
  • Charles Wattles Long Road Investment Counsel, LLC
  • Janene Weathers Pirbhai Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
  • Timothy M. Wendt, CFP Plante Moran
  • Michael Willis Willis & Willis PLC
  • Daniel Youngs HFG Advisors, Inc.