President & CEO
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 is originally from Lapeer where she grew up showing horses and sheep. Her love for horses took her to the University of Findlay to earn an associate degree in equine studies but training horses as a career wasn’t as appealing in the long-run so she transferred to Michigan State University to earn her bachelor’s degree. While interning in college she was introduced to the world of banking, specifically wealth management.
Her career began there, earning her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation then earning her Juris Doctor while administering trusts and estates and working with high-net-worth clients. It was during that time that she got to know the Community Foundation as an advisor for the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), then as a volunteer on the grants committee and eventually sat on the Board.
Jackie then joined the Foundation as staff in the spring of 2015 and specializes in connecting donor’s passions with meaningful giving through charitable planning, advanced giving strategies and planned giving.
In her free time, Jackie enjoys traveling with her young family, CrossFit and participating in many of the local 5K races that benefit charitable causes. You can also find her on the golf course in the summer, enjoying time with friends and family, she’s given up trying to lower her handicap.
Director of Finance
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.
Donor Relations Officer
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.
Senior Staff Accountant
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.
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.
Angie recently joined the Community Foundation. Her prior background includes managing the daily operations and grants for a local non-profit.
She is currently enrolled at St. Clair County Community College where she is pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. When she’s not studying you will find her behind the lens of her camera capturing babies, weddings and everything in between.
Family and giving back to the community is extremely important to Angie. She and her husband have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They enjoy short weekend trips as well as international trips, their goal is to see all 50 states. During the winter months she enjoys working on house projects and crafting. In the warmer months you will find her and her husband cruising in their '72 Chevelle or relaxing on their boat.
Lisa has been in the accounting field for 30 years. Most of those years have been spent in the manufacturing sector within small corporations. She is excited to learn more about philanthropy and the non-profit side of accounting. Lisa is looking forward to the rewarding experience of giving back to the community that she has lived in her entire life.
Family is the most important part of Lisa’s life. She was born and raised in Clay Township, where she and her husband met 7 years ago. Together they bought 6 acres of property and built their forever home. Lisa’s hobbies mostly consist of anything nature related, from helping to raise the Monarch Butterfly population to working with her husband to transform their property into a self-proclaimed nature sanctuary with beautiful flower gardens. Lisa and her husband pride themselves on completing all their own landscaping. They have a never-ending list of nature related projects that seem to continue to grow each year.
Debbie Sta Cruz
Donor Relations Assistant
Debbie is originally from the Philippines. She and her family migrated to the United States in 2000.
Debbie was previously employed at St. Clair County Community College for 15 years, where she oversaw various activities that promoted donor relations, college advancement, alumni, arts and culture, and community relations.
She is active in various volunteer projects and outreach programs. Debbie is passionate about serving the community and enjoys helping with fundraising events and volunteering in different community outreach, including fostering growth and interpersonal relations.
In her free time, Debbie loves spending time with her family, her husband and high school sweetheart, Joey, and their two sons, Karl and Kurt. Together they enjoy traveling and show passion for meeting different types of people, learning and experiencing different cultures, watching movies, exploring diversified cuisines, and taking cruises to different parts of the world.
They recently traveled to six countries and attended their firstborn son’s wedding to Nina in Cambodia, experiencing the vibrant tapestry of Cambodian weddings.
Krystal has more than 25 years of experience that spans diverse aspects of writing including journalistic storytelling, content creation for businesses and organizations, blogging, creative fiction, poetry, and more.
She was born and raised in Lapeer and attended Oakland University, graduating with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish language/literature. After graduation, she returned to her hometown as a reporter at The County Press. She is still a freelance writer and photographer for a series of publications throughout Michigan and has also had her photography featured in shows at several art galleries.
Over the years, Krystal’s experiences have included motherhood, becoming a licensed massage therapist, and working as a records deputy at the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office, as the Lapeer Downtown Development Authority’s administrative assistant, and as an educator. She has backpacked throughout the state, and one of her favorite memories is climbing to the top of the Mackinac Bridge with her dad.
When she isn’t on her laptop, Krystal spends time with her teenage sons, and can frequently be found outdoors with her camera. She has a special interest in all things Michigan-related and enjoys sharing unique perspectives and historical tidbits along with her photos. She is particularly enchanted by the massive freighters that traverse the Great Lakes and spends a lot of time chasing ships along the St. Clair River.
Building and Property Coordinator
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.
Shelly David, Connie Cooper & Emily Reitzel
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.