KALAMAZOO COUNTY -- Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently expanded its workforce with two new team members.

Erycka Hunter, Human Resources Director

Erycka Hunter will now lead the Human Resources team as Human Resources Director. In this role, Hunter will preside over all areas of human resources and help develop the organization in its mission as an employee-centered, equitable and high-performance culture.

Hunter has over a decade's experience working in human resources as well as in the public sector. Over the course of her career, she has specialized in simplifying complex process and working closely with the people who bring organizations to life.

Before joining Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Hunter served as Executive Director of Human Resources for Flint Community Schools. She had previously led two departments within the City of Flint, as Director of the Human Resources/Labor Relations Department and Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission Department.

Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fisk University and has studied in the University of Michigan Master of Public Administration program.

As a member of KZCF's Strategy and Leadership Team, Hunter will be responsible for implementing a workforce strategy focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.

"The vision and mission of KZCF aligns with my core values and passion to make a difference" said Hunter.

"We are delighted to welcome Erycka to Kalamazoo Community Foundation," said Carrie Pickett-Erway, President and CEO of KZCF. "Her talents and expertise across so many aspects of Human Resources make her an excellent fit for Human Resources Director. We can't wait to see how she will help us grow and evolve as an organization."

Frances Vicioso, Community Engagement & Communications Intern

Also joining KZCF is Frances Vicioso, who will serve as Community Engagement & Communications Intern for the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo team. Vicioso will support social media and other communications for TRHT Kalamazoo as part of a comprehensive community-based process that focuses on racial healing, narrative change, and systemic transformation.

Vicioso has a background in STEM as an educator and administrator in New York City, with roles as diverse as teacher, after school administrator, instructional coach, robotics team coach, and youth development specialist.

Vicioso is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from CUNY School of Professional Studies. She previously studied Computer Science at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and holds an associate's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies from Queensborough Community College.

"I decided to join the team at the Community Foundation because I want to support tangible changes in our community that will benefit all of our families," said Vicioso.

"We are happy to welcome Frances to the TRHT team," said Sholanna Lewis, Director of TRHT Kalamazoo. "Her talents will be much appreciated as we work to expand our communications and reach more members of the Kalamazoo County community."

KZCF, established in 1925, has the vision of Kalamazoo County being the most equitable place to live, with the mission to remove barriers through building relationships and connecting resources so people can reach full potential. Learn more at kalfound.org.