Randy’s family originated in the Vassar and Mayville area in Michigan’s Thumb. In the early 1970’s they moved to Troy, Michigan, where Randy spent his childhood. After graduating from the original Troy High (go Colts!) he attended Eastern Michigan University. He admits he wasn’t a good student and didn’t learn well in a classroom setting.
After college he drove his 1979 Firebird to Los Angeles to try the California lifestyle. While he enjoyed his time there immensely, especially working behind the scenes in the movie industry, the California lifestyle just wasn’t for him.
His past career involved stops at the Michigan Art Train in Ann Arbor; the American Heart Association, and the Education Foundation for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). He and his wife Bev sought a change in lifestyle in 2002 when he was recruited to be the CEO at the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. They have three children.
His favorite places & things: Washington DC, Houghton, MI, Lake St. Helen, Portland, Maine, Lake Kabinakigami, golfing, boating, hunting and fishing – and not frequently enough, bike riding. He’s an admitted sushi-snob but is well known as a full-time foodie and his favorite beverage is gin & tonic, although he knows he’s supposed to drink more water.
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.
For almost 28 years, Karen has overseen the Community Foundation's financial and investment responsibilities, being the Foundation's longest-standing employee and a source of its historical reference. Karen takes pride in being a part of the Foundation's impact in this region and its evolution and growth through the years.
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. In her limited free time, Karen loves reading, crafting, traveling and attending musicals with her daughter and definitely prefers Michigan summers more than its winters. Community service and volunteering is a large part of her life, especially when she can tap her more creative, non-financial skill sets.
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 is the fearless leader of the program team. She works with many of our grantmaking and scholarship committees, and is happy to help our local organizations do great things by making connections and helping with funding requests.
In her free time, Audrey likes to read, garden 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 the Galapagos, Costa Rica, Norway, Morocco, Italy and the Czech Republic, along with many domestic travels, including several trips to her favorite place for adventure - Washington State.
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.
Heather returned back to work after staying at home to raise her family because of her passion to get involved in the community. She loves helping with local initiatives and projects. She wears many hats at the Foundation- including executive assistance supporting the president and vice president and the administrative needs of the office, project management coordinating events/reservations at the Atrium and she recently began taking on more responsibilities within donor relations and scholarships. Heather is a multi-tasking, organizer of people and projects with help from her experience in program management and administration in her former roles in the road and highway sector and aerospace industry.
In her free time, Heather volunteers with the Parent Teacher Organization at her daughter’s school and serves as a local Girl Scout Troop Leader. Her family is top priority and as a unit they all enjoy boating, snowmobiling, and mostly being together.
Matt, who has over 20 years of experience in construction and handyman services, oversees the repair and maintenance of the Community Foundation's buildings and properties including the Atrium Café and Knowlton Museum. He owns and operates several businesses and also has a background in hospitality and food service.
Matt has worked for the local nonprofit SONS Outreach mentoring youth for more than a decade, and in his free time he enjoys playing billiards and spending time with his family.
The Community Foundation welcomes Daysha Woodley as the Kitchen Coordinator to lead its community kitchen efforts for the Thumbcoast Kitchens. Daysha started her business, Daylicious Drinks and Treats, in midst of the Covid-19 pandemic which was a true definition of stepping out on faith! She has been growing her book of business steadily and celebrated her one year anniversary in April 2021. Cooking and serving has been a passion of Daysha’s since she was young. She spent many long hours learning her family’s secret recipes. Daysha is very family oriented and enjoys spending her free time reading, baking/cooking, showing off her mixology skills, and in most recent days loving on her new granddaughter.
About the Knowlton Museum
The Community Foundation is proud to run the Knowlton Museum in downtown Port Huron. The Knowlton family’s ice industry legacy is currently housed in the building that was donated by the family in 2020. The collection includes thousands of historical artifacts from all eras of the ice industry both locally and around the nation, as well as other historically significant pieces such as automobiles and milk industry artifacts.