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. 

The application period for the 2020 cohort has closed. Applications for the 2021 cohort will open in Summer 2020, 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*

  • View full list of previous program participants*:

    *List only includes cohort participants who opted to be identified in CMF communications. Associated organizations were last updated Summer 2019.*

    • Raquel Robinson, Ruth Mott Foundation
    • Jaqueline Northrop (Baker), AARP, Washington DC
    • Danielle Williams, DMWilliams Consulting LLC   
    • Jonse Young, Grand Rapids Community Foundation   
    • Donna Murray Brown, Michigan Nonprofit Association   
    • LeAnda Hicks   
    • Rhonda Jordan    
    • Robert Morgan, LACERA   
    • Angela Wynn, OrganoGold   
    • Arielle Milton, C.S. Mott Foundation  
    • Carol Garder, State of Michigan   
    • Cheryl Williams   
    • Lynnette Ferrell, Frey Foundation   
    • Eboni Taylor (Wells), M.P.P, Mothering Justice   
    • Danielle Skoneski  
    • Katherine Asuncion, Center for Arab American Philanthropy  
    • Kelly Cleaver, FoodCorps   
    • LaNesha DeBardelaben, Northwest African American Museum   
    • Arelis Diaz, W.K. Kellogg Foundation  
    • Raphael Price  
    • Ronda Alexander, Boston Medical Center, Vital Village  
    • Stephanie Awalt, Foreign Links Around the Globe   
    • Andrew Tyus, R1 RCM  
    • Daniela Angevine, Tenneco, Coldwater, MI   
    • Ciara Coleman, W.K. Kellogg Foundation   
    • Alyssa Curran, Missouri Foundation for Health  
    • Christina Feldermann  
    • Jessica Ledesma, Ferris State University 
    • Chelsea Liddy, Center for Arab American Philanthropy  
    • Alana White, W.K. Kellogg Foundation  
    • Malia Xie, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation  
    • Ebony White, Prosperity Now 
    • Meagan Dunn, Henry Ford Health System   
    • Amber Williams  
    • Adrian Walker, Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce
    • Benjamin Oliver, Grand Rapids Community Foundation   
    • Katelyn Videto, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation   
    • Nichole Grein, DENSO North America Foundation   
    • Laura Otte, Aequitas Mobility Services   
    • Takia Nelson, W.K. Kellogg Foundation   
    • Lauren Grevel, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation   
    • Shelly Watts, Humble Design   
    • Kayla Roney Smith, Hazel Park Promise Zone and College Access Network   
    • Avery Eenigenburg, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation   
    • Jacqueline Paul, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation   
    • Katie Byerly, The Kresge Foundation   
    • Kayleigh Roy, Quicken Loans Community Investment Fund   
    • Maurice Hogan, Quicken Loans   
    • Alycia Socia, Design for America    
    • Laura Scharphorn, HighScope Educational Research Foundation   
    • Karista Gallick, Workforce Intelligence Network   
    • Regina Bell, W.K. Kellogg Foundation   
    • Phoenix Asifa, W.K. Kellogg Foundation   
    • Julie Campbell-Bode, Campbell Bode Consulting    
    • Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga, The Kresge Foundation   
    • Tryphena Clarke, Ruth Mott Foundation   
    • Katie Van Dusen, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation   
    • Ariel Flaggs, Guidehouse    
    • Jessica Hill Riggs, University of Michigan   
    • Jennifer Hricik, Northwestern Michigan College Foundation   
    • Time Krause, Albion Community Foundation   
    • Chelsea Landry, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation   
    • Sara Mahmood, AdCraft Club of Detroit   
    • Vanessa Miller, Wayne State University -Mike Ilitch School of Business   
    • Megan Murphy, Michigan Health Endowment Fund   
    • JacQuaye Payne, Community Foundation for Muskegon County   
    • William Sexton, The Skillman Foundation   
    • Richerd Winton, William Davidson Foundation   
    • Stephanie Johnson, Kresge Foundation