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.

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Chris Riker

Vice President of Advancement & Donor Services

Patty MacDonald

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Holly Cole

Vice President of Grants & Program

Melanie Swiftney

Director of Marketing & Communications

Kari Fuller

Director, Coopersville Area Community Foundation

Lauren Grevel

Education & Youth Initiatives Officer

Adrienne Whisman

Philanthropic Services Associate

Crystal Weersing

Administrative Assistant

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

Centennial Securities Company

Chad Bush

Vice Chair
US Retail, Inc.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Barb VanHeest

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

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Our Response to COVID-19

Our Response to COVID-19

As we continue to navigate this rapidly evolving pandemic and the challenges that it is creating, we wanted to share with you the steps that the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has taken so far to care for our community:

Recent Grant Supports Crockery Township Park

Recent Grant Supports Crockery Township Park

The Board of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) is pleased to announce four first-round grant awards, totaling $142,760, in support of Northwest Ottawa County and our surrounding communities. This includes a $30,000 grant to Crockery Township to develop Nunica Junction, a trailhead for the North Bank Trail.

Grant Recipient: Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance

Grant Recipient: Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance

LNA’s primary focus is to listen to the needs, challenges, and frustrations of local nonprofit organizations and work to provide high-quality, low-cost benefits and services in response. They believe that collaboration is such a key part of the solution that they include “by working together” as part of their Mission Statement. “We work together with our nonprofit partners to do good work,” said Patrick Cisler, Executive Director of LNA. “None of us can succeed in isolation.”

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