President & CEO
As the lead on strategic priorities, Randy knows much of the Community Foundation’s work is a humbling honor and simultaneously a tremendous obligation. People give us their gifts and hopes and passions, and sometimes it’s the very last gift a person ever gives. Often it’s the largest gift they’ve ever given, and they are putting their complete faith and trust in us to carry on their wishes when they are gone. There’s rarely a day that goes by when he doesn’t think about the people who have come and gone before us, and the legacy the Community Foundation is carrying on because of them.
Randy has been working as a nonprofit leader for more than 20 years, but his big ideas started well before then. As a young boy he read almost all of the Jack London novels, and remembers planning to move to Alaska or remote Canada. He never ended up moving to Alaska, but after college, Randy spent a couple years working in the movie business in L.A., working on mostly cheesy Hollywood “B” movies. Search hard enough and you can find him on the cover of an old VCR movie box!
Jackie specializes in connecting donor’s passions with meaningful philanthropy through charitable planning, advanced giving strategies and planned giving. That’s not surprising considering she spent the first 10 years of her career in wealth management as a certified trust and financial advisor. She also earned her Juris Doctor prior to starting her current role at the Community Foundation, after devoting many years to us as a volunteer. She joined the Foundation as staff in the spring of 2015, but previously served as a YAC advisor, grants committee member and board trustee.
In her free time, Jackie enjoys traveling with her young family whenever possible. She also loves CrossFit and participating in the many local 5K races that benefit charitable causes.
Director of Finance
For almost 25 years, Karen has overseen the Community Foundation’s financial and investment responsibilities, and is the Foundation’s longest-standing employee and a source of its historical reference. Karen has been a part of the Foundation’s evolution and tremendous growth through the years, including numerous policy and accounting standards changes, two full system conversions and multiple National Standards accreditations.
Although her role keeps her mostly in the background, Karen knows that sound accounting and internal controls systems are critical for any organization, but particularly for charitable organizations where being accountable, creditable and transparent to donors will drive success.
Family, friends and being a mom are among Karen’s greatest joys in life and spending time with them is something she takes every opportunity to enjoy, especially with her two children living hours away. In her free time, Karen loves reading, and doing crafts and puzzles (including escape rooms). Karen is a long-standing volunteer of the PHHS BRMM Band Boosters, serves on the YMCA’s Finance Committee, and more recently, plays in her church’s hand bell choir.
Jen has worked for huge corporations, a CPA firm, a family-owned business as well as her own business, Osage Farms; she tries to use all of these experiences in her work at the Community Foundation. Many times she is an auditor, a teacher, a data processor, a student and Foundation promoter all in the same day.
Daily she does a lot of data processing, which she knows doesn’t sound that inspiring. While every detail is extremely important, at the end of each day what she really has done is help the Foundation change communities and lives. That big picture inspires her to do more in her work at the Community Foundation and within her community.
In her free time, Jen likes exploring the U.P. with her husband and collecting rocks from everywhere they visit, sitting on the dock in Third Bay, running, biking and reading.
Sue helps the Community Foundation identify new donors, their passions and assists other staff in continuing to grow those relationships. She loves her job because it has given her the opportunity to work with some of the most incredible, intelligent and generous individuals.
In her free time Sue likes to garden, take long walks, hike, golf, spend time with her family, and refinish and repurpose old furniture. She also likes all things Christmas and throughout the year will remind staff how many days until Christmas morning, whether we’re ready to hear it or not.
Audrey has been with the Foundation for over five years now as office coordinator and most recently as program officer. She has been working hard to support local students through our Complete Your Degree program, in addition to overseeing traditional scholarships for both the Community Foundation and SC4 Foundation, and the talent attracting Come Home Award. She also works with our St. Clair based grantmaking committee. Her service and leadership skills extend to the Blue Water Young Professionals, where she currently serves as vice president.
When she is not helping students succeed, Audrey likes to read, garden, spend time with her dog, and binge watch shows on Netflix and Hulu while she takes sabbaticals from the gym. She also suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and travels to places near and far as often as she can. Her journeys have included overseas voyages to Italy, Costa Rica, Norway and the Czech Republic, along with many domestic travels, including several trips to her favorite place for adventure - Washington State.
Program Coordinator and YAC Advisor
Derek is in charge of grants requests to the Community Foundation. He loves what he does because he believes in giving back to the community, and as part of the program team he gets to be a part of doing that every day by helping other local organizations fund their programs and services. He also inspires future philanthropists through our Youth Advisory Council.
When he’s not at work, Derek keeps busy as part owner of the Fieldhouse Sports Bar in Marysville. In his free time, he hangs out with his dog, Max, and likes to watch comedies, football and basketball. When he feels the urge to get out of Michigan, Derek likes to travel to warm destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean.
Building a strong community is the foundation of Kevin’s passion, and he brings years of experience working with the faith-based, educational and business communities. The intrinsic reward of connecting folks to a platform of sustainable collaboration is embedded in the heart of his identity. This journey includes working at various organizations as a mentor, pastor, facilitator and life skills coach among wearing many other hats, which helps with his student support role for Complete Your Degree and our other grantmaking initiatives.
Kevin is also a founding pastor of #c4yourselfchurch along with his wife, Jessica. In his free time, Kevin likes to spend time with his family, watch sports, read and seek out opportunities for self-development.
Lindsay believes to whom much is given, much is expected. That drives her desire to do what she does personally. Feeling blessed in many areas, she tries to make her life about giving in any way she can. And since the Community Foundation is all about connecting people with resources to people and organizations helping those without, it’s a great fit for those values.
When she’s not busy handling the everyday operations of the Community Foundation, much of Lindsay’s free time is devoted to coaching baseball and serving as president of Fort Gratiot Little League. She is also the office’s resident baker and keeps us supplied with sweet treats, a hobby she has turned into a business with Lindsay Lou’s Treats.