The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation 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.

Barb VanHeest

Chase Bank

Mark Pereira

Vice Chair
Brilliance Publishing/Amazon

Keith Konarska

Retired Superintendent

Anil Mandala

V Solutions Global

Cindy Anderson

Retired Educator

Mary Carole Cotter

Attorney/NOCH VolunteerServices Dept.

Nelson Jacobson

JSJ Corporation

Natalia Kovicak

Economic Club of Grand Rapids

David Swain


Pat VerDuin

Workforce development

Shirley Woodruff

Heritage Property Management

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Grateful Giving: It feels good!

Grateful Giving: It feels good!

I am impressed with the philanthropists in this community who give their time, talents, and treasures to make a difference. Patti serves as treasurer for an international nonprofit with a local chapter that improves educational projects. Mark takes part in an annual...

Why Start a Donor Advised Fund?

Why Start a Donor Advised Fund?

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and our affiliate organizations, Allendale Community Foundation and Coopersville Area Community Foundation, hold more than 700 funds. About 209 of them are donor advised funds. Let’s talk more about what a donor advised fund...

Top 4 Community Foundation Myths

Top 4 Community Foundation Myths

There’s a lot of information floating around out there about what community foundations are and do. We’re here to help clear up some of the confusion.  Top 4 Community Foundation Myths: Debunked Below is a list of the top five community foundation myths, along with...

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