Work Locally, Think Regionally

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As we work to increase our impact in the communities we serve, we must think beyond our own backyard as foundations are considering how their communities are connected with and interdependent on their region.  Join this webinar to hear from community foundations who have used their grantmaking and leadership muscle to take a regional approach to their work.


Lucille Chrisman, certified executive coach and consultant, NorthSky

Lucille has over 30 years of experience working with leaders, management teams and organizations, helping them gain clarity, focus and action in reaching personal and professional goals. Prior to her work as an Executive Coach, Lucille held positions as the Vice President of Public Affairs and Executive Director of Development at Saginaw Valley State University, the Associate Director of Philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy and Corporate Trainer at the American Management Association. She has also been full-time faculty at CMU and SVSU. Lucille is a certified from The Coaches Training Institute and is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Chip Hansen, president, Charlevoix County Community Foundation

Chip has been the President of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation since 2010, coming to the position with a wealth of public administration experience. Chip is a strong leader, communicator and relationship-builder, and his background includes extensive experience in financial management, coalition-building and strategic planning.  Working with the Board of Trustees and staff, Chip leads the community foundation's efforts to increase assets and capacity. On this webinar, Chip will be sharing more about the Leadership Learning Lab program, a regional nonprofit capacity building program working across 12 communities in Northern Michigan.

Holly Johnson, president, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Holly has been with the community foundation (GHACF) since 2007; she held the roles of Director of Development and Vice President for Development and was named President in 2013. Holly works with the Board of Trustees to set the foundation's strategic vision and goals and leads the GHACF team. GHACF does nothing alone, so Holly spends time creating and nurturing partnerships that help the foundation be a responsive and impact-driven organization. On this webinar, Holly will be sharing more about GHACF's leadership role with the Housing Next Initiative, which is supporting the development of workforce housing in Ottawa County.

Colleen Masterson-Bzdok, consultant, Wavelength Consulting, LLC

Colleen began her career as a research scientist and progressed into leadership roles in education and nonprofit management.  She has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits as a staff member, board member, volunteer and consultant. 

Working in the nonprofit sector with a focus on environment and education, Colleen led professional development opportunities as the Education Director at Inland Seas Education Association, the Education Coordinator at NMC's Great Lakes Water Studies Institute and the Education Director at the Grand Traverse Conservation District. She also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College and Central Michigan University. 


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $50

Hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations and originally published May 9, 2018

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