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Staff

Management & Administration

Brenda L. Hunt

President & CEO

brenda@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Brenda is a native of Michigan, raised in rural Montcalm County. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Western Michigan University. Brenda has over twenty five years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and joined the Battle Creek Community Foundation in 1993 as a program officer. She was promoted to vice president in 1995, to chief operating officer in 1997 and began as...

Thomas Crothers

Vice President of Finance & Investments

thomas@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Thomas has provides leadership in financial management and investments at BCCF.  He oversees all aspects of the finance department including supervision of the finance staff, completing investment allocations, cash management, journal entries, and staffing the BCCF Finance and Investment Committees.  Thomas also oversees the Development efforts of the BCCF.

 

Prior...

Annette Chapman

Vice President - Grantmaking & Scholarships - Executive Director - Battle Creek College Access Network (BC CAN)

annette@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

As Vice President of Grantmaking & Scholarships, Annette is responsible for directing and coordinating all aspects of grantmaking and scholarship functions of the Foundation.  She oversees the daily operations and management of grant/scholarship requests and applications, the committee decision making process as well as donor relations.  Annette also creates systems to effectively...

Elizabeth Schultheiss

Director of Regional Initiatives

elizabeth@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

Elizabeth joined BCCF in March 2016, where she provides leadership for regional initiatives. Responsibilities include providing leadership and oversight for the Regional Health Alliance (a community partnership to improve health in Calhoun County), developing strategic partnerships throughout the region, and supporting the Governance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Education/Experience

Elizabeth...

Holly Munsch

Receptionist

holly@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Holly's primary responsibilities include overseeing the front desk operations, greeting guests, answering and directing phones and scheduling various external meetings and appointments for staff and providing clerical support for various departments throughout the Community Foundation.

Kelly Boles Chapman

Senior Consultant

kelly@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Kelly serves as lead staff on all of the Community Foundation's community leadership projects and initiatives.  In addition to serving as a key external project leader, Kelly is also responsible for the management of 200 community projects held within the Community Foundation.  She provides oversight to development, external grants, marketing & communications, and the youth alliance...

Development

Lynn Ward Gray

Development Officer

lynn@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Lynn’s responsibilities focus on developing major gifts and planned giving, as well as building endowments. She currently serves as staff for the Battle Creek Public Schools Education Foundation Board of Trustees.  She also serves as program director and host of the Foundation’s Horizons Radio program on WFPM-LP, 99.5 FM.

Finance & Investments

Pamela Wilson

Finance Manager

pam@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Pam’s primary responsibility is gift receipting and donor acknowledgements.  She provides monthly reporting to Community Project Funds; prepares monthly Kool Family Community Center room rental invoices and tracking; and assists with administration of a matching gift program.  She is also responsible for preparing quarterly fund statements.  In addition, shares responsibilities...

Kelsey Jennings

Finance Officer

kelsey@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Kelsey is responsible for general accounting and financial record keeping.  She supervises and provides support for the accounts payable process and the gift receipting process.   She meets with fund representatives to provide them with special reporting and information pertaining to fund statements and balances.  In addition, she also assists on the Community Project Team providing finance assistance.

Kim Cook

Finance Manager

kim@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

Kim is responsible for handling the accounts payable and expenditure requests for appropriate documentation, coding, and accuracy.  In addition she assists the entire finance team in various projects. 

Education/Experience

Kim earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University. She has several years’...

Grantmaking

Jaclyn Morse

Program Assistant

jaclyn@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

As program assistant, Jaclyn provides assistance with the administration of grants and the coordination of community volunteers that serve on our grantmaking committees. Jaclyn is responsible for meeting support, volunteer communications, grantee correspondence, file management, and all technical aspects of the grantmaking process.

Education/Experience

A native...

Tiffany Blackman

Program Officer

tiffany@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

Tiffany’s primary responsibilities are to facilitate and provide oversight for grantmaking at the Foundation, including the areas of both restricted and unrestricted grantmaking. She oversees several grantmaking initiatives at BCCF including mini-grants, sponsorships, senior independent grants, health grantmaking/oversight, neighborhood grantmaking, and livable community grantmaking. She is...

Adam Kingston

Program Officer

adam@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

As Program Officer, Adam’s responsibilities include overseeing the Youth Alliance Committee (YAC), managing Donor Advised Funds, Grant Evaluation and involvement in BCCF special projects. YAC’s primary focus is to award grants to youth-serving organizations in Battle Creek.  Adam educates and facilitates the growth of YAC members in the areas of grantmaking, volunteerism and other...

Marketing & Communications

Clovis Bordeaux

Marketing Manager

clovis@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

Clovis joins BCCF in June where his current role is Marketing Associate. In this role he will develop, create and support the Foundation’s innovative Communications and Marketing Strategy and initiatives, including its social media presence. 

 

A graduate of Western Michigan University's Fine Art Program, Clovis has an extensive background in branding, market...

Anna Oswalt

Event and Experience Assistant

Anna@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

As Program Assistant, Anna provides assistance with the administration of grants and the coordination of community volunteers that serve on our grantmaking committees. In addition, she acts as a liaison between the program officer and potential grantees. In 2015, her work expanded to coordinating BCCF events and managing the BCCF social media websites.

Education/Experience

Anna...

Programs

Jennifer VanValkenburg

Regional Health Alliance Manager of Operations

jennifer@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Jennifer is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Regional Health Alliance, a partnership working to improve the health of Calhoun County residents. In her role, Jennifer works to build consensus among community leaders in health and oversees coordination of and planning of RHA events.

Education/Experience

Jennifer has extensive nonprofit management experience...

Angela Stewart

Community Initiatives Officer

angela@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

As the Community Initiatives Officer at the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Angela, focuses on community impact areas and initiatives set forth by the Regional Health Alliance, BCCF, community partners, and #BCVision. She manages and oversees many projects within the community, such as, Operation Fit, the Battle Creek Namaste Way Institute, Battle Creek BCycle, and several Issue Action Groups...

Jessica Rauch

Regional Health Alliance Program Health Associate

Jessica@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

Jessica is responsible for program administration support, membership engagement, and event and meeting coordination.

Education/Experience

A graduate of Albion College, Jessica served as a learning support coordinator at Prairieview Elementary.  Jessica also coordinates the Unified Special Olympic Programs.

Scholarships

Joann Farnham

Scholarship Manager

joann@bccfoundation.org

(269) 962-2181

Joann is responsible for the BCCF scholarship program and also supports the BCCF grantmaking proposal process.  She coordinates the annual scholarship application review and selection process overseeing over 200 volunteers and providing technical assistance for the online scholarship portal.

Rachel Chapin

Scholarship Program Officer

Rachel@bccfoundation.org

269-962-2181

As scholarship program officer, Rachel is heavily involved in donor and committee relations.  She also provides oversight on the general scholarship process and special projects. 

Education/Experience

Rachel received her B.A. in Social Science from The University of Michigan and her M.A. in Comparative Development Studies at the L’École...

BCCAN

Terry Burelson

BCCAN Program Manager

terry@battlecreekcan.org

269 719 8228

Terry provides program assistance, manages outreach and develops marketing strategies for the College Access Network.  Terry also co-administers the Legacy Scholarship while assisting in the development of college and career programming.

Education/Experience

Terry served as a long-term substitute teach in the Battle Creek Public Schools as well as a College...

Laura Zalle

BCCAN Program Officer

Laura@battlecreekcan.org

269 719 8228

Laura provides programming leadership for the Battle Creek College Access Network and the Foundation scholarship department.

Education/Experience

A Battle Creek native, Laura received her Bachelor’s degree in Global and Area Studies focusing on African Studies and Anthropology from Michigan State University.  She served in the Peace Corps as a community development...

Affiliates & Supporting Organizations

Debbie Myers-Lockwood

Foundation Manager

debbie@homeracf.org

517-568-3495

As Foundation Manager, Debbie helps the Homer Area Community Foundation achieve its asset

development, grantmaking and community leadership objectives. Debbie also engages and educates

donors, grantees and community members about HACF’s mission and services.

Debbie earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in journalism from Central Michigan University. Prior to

joining...

Cindy Leach

Executive Director, Athens Area Community Foundation

athenscommunity@sbcglobal.net

(269) 729-4088

Cindy oversees operations of the Athens Area Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Battle Creek Community Foundation.

Maya Williams

KFCC - Operations Manager

maya@bccfoundation.org

(269) 965-0000

Maya is responsible for the operations of the Kool Family Community Center d/b/a Burnham Brook Community Center, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Battle Creek Community Foundation.  In her role as Manager, Maya provides oversight to the day-to-day operations of this 48,000 square foot community center that is home to three non-profit organizations which provide services to the elderly. ...

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