Mentoring Program

The Council of Michigan Foundations is deeply committed to ensuring a pipeline of diverse professionals receive the tools, strategies and resources needed to advance into leadership roles in philanthropy.

The CMF Mentoring Program is an opportunity for those who have recently entered the field to grow in their work in partnership with an established professional, though mentors often say they find the experience equally rewarding.

The six-month experience includes executive coaching aimed at developing a personalized career plan for the mentee, beginning with a 360-degree leadership assessment. The program features curriculum-based professional and personal development on topics ranging from emotional intelligence and balancing home-work life to developing a personal brand. Each mentee also designs and completes a capstone project that advances the field and their professional growth. In addition to one-on-one meetings between mentors and mentees, the program includes in-person peer learning and sessions conducted via webinar for the entire cohort, allowing participants to interact with both established and emerging philanthropic leaders from across the state.

Mentoring Program participants:

  • CONNECT: Through monthly engagements, foster long-lasting business relationships and share your knowledge
  • DEVELOP: Through webinars and personalized sessions with an executive coach, develop your leadership style
  • LEARN: Through in-person meetings, webinars and 1:1 interaction, learn from those who have deep expertise in philanthropy
  • GROW: Through intentional engagement, expand your leadership skills and broaden your professional network

“My mentee has been a joy to work with! I think we have both benefited professionally from the tools shared by the CMF team and fabulous consultants during our statewide webinars and group meetings. I have had the opportunity to expand my own professional network in the interaction with our cohort."

-Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president, community investment, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

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Congratulations to our 2019 CMF Mentoring Program graduates!

Join us in celebrating our 2019 Mentoring Program graduates! CMF is proud to recognize the time, talent and dedication of this year's mentees and their mentors.
The CMF Mentoring Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging leaders who have recently entered the field to grow in their work in partnership with an established professional. Twenty mentees engaged in our six-month program to learn from and with their mentors, broaden their professional network, develop their leadership style and personal brand, and beyond, all through a robust curriculum and personalized executive coaching.
We are deeply grateful to our mentors. This program would not be possible without their leadership, deep expertise from the field and passion for philanthropy. While volunteering their time, our 2019 mentors also expanded their own professional networks, engaged in learning opportunities through webinars, group meetings and much more. 

CMF is currently accepting mentor and mentee applications for our 2020 cohort, continuing our commitment to ensuring a pipeline of diverse professionals receive the tools, strategies and resources needed to advance into leadership roles in philanthropy.

Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Mentees and Mentors


  • Aimee Lanciault, A. Alfred Taubman Foundation
  • Alexandra Zisser, The Skillman Foundation
  • Brandy Doña, The Kresge Foundation
  • Elena Mireles-Hill, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Gisgie Dávila Gendreau, Michigan Municipal League Foundation 
  • Giuliana Estrada, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Jenna Brown, Consumers Energy
  • Joann Farnham, Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • John Slocum, The Michigan Health Endowment Fund
  • Julie Bagley, The Kresge Foundation
  • Juwon Harris, The Kresge Foundation 
  • Kassia Perpich, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
  • Katharine Zurek, Northwestern Michigan College Foundation
  • Marwa Harp
  • Olivia Henry, CMF
  • Olivia Lewis, CMF
  • Raven Britt, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Steven Hernandez, Flagstar Bank
  • Tory Martin, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
  • Zosia Eppensteiner, Community Foundation of Marquette County


  • Andrea Cole, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation
  • Bethany Miller, The Kresge Foundation
  • Carla Thompson Payton, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Caroline Chambers
  • Chip Hansen, Charlevoix County Community Foundation
  • Cris Doby, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation
  • Dana Linnane, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • David Fukuzawa, The Kresge Foundation
  • Gary Dembs, Non-Profit Personnel Network
  • George Jacobsen, William Davidson Foundation
  • Katelyn Videto, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
  • Kathy Pope, Fremont Area Community Foundation
  • Laurie Solotorow, The Michigan Health Endowment Fund
  • Lynn Williams, Community Foundation of Greater Flint
  • Marilyn Zack, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
  • Pamela Lewis, New Economy Initiative
  • Renee Johnston, Saginaw Community Foundation
  • Sharon Mortensen, Midland Area Community Foundation
  • Sue Vanisacker, La-Z-Boy Foundation
  • Vicky Stott, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

*List only includes cohort participants who opted to be identified in CMF communications*