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C3F Names New Trustees

January 18, 2022

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three (3) new trustees;  Cindy Grice, Dean Solomon and Erika Van Dam.

Cindy Grice retired in January 2021 from her position as the City Clerk/Treasurer of the City of Boyne City where she enjoyed finance, accounting, election administration and other duties in service to the citizens of Boyne City.  A City staff member for 35 years, she occasionally assists the new Clerk/Treasurer with the transition.  She is also a board member of the Good Neighbors Food Pantry.  A graduate of North Central Michigan College, Cindy grew up in Boyne Falls and continues to enjoy all the skiing, biking, camping and other outdoor activities that northern Michigan has to offer.  Cindy is married to Ed Grice and together they have two daughters.  Katie Grice of Big Sky, Montana, and Jessica (Patrick) Patoka of Boyne City and two grandsons, David, and Drake Patoka.  “Giving back to the community is important to me,” she said, adding, “and I’m truly humbled to have the opportunity to become a member of the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.”

Dean Solomon is MSU Extension Senior Educator Emeritus.  From 2006 until his retirement in 2017, he helped Charlevoix County citizens and communities address land use and natural resources issues.  Originally from New Hampshire, Dean migrated to Michigan to earn BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University.  He previously served on the Boyne City Commission and the Charlevoix County Planning Commission, and currently serves on the Board of Leadership Charlevoix County.  He also serves as a member of the Boyne City Grant Advisory Committee of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.  Dean and his wife, Fran, live in Boyne City.  They have three adult children and several grandchildren.  Their daughter, Jill, served as a member of the Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee while attending Boyne City High School.  “I’m excited to join the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation,” he said, “and I’m looking forward to working with the other trustees to advance the Foundation’s mission.”

Erika Van Dam, together with her husband, Ben Van Dam, owns and operates Van Dam Marine Company, Van Dam Custom Boats, and Boyne Boat Yard in Boyne City.  On their campus, the Van Dam companies build the world’s finest wooden boats and provide premier marine services for boats on the Great Lakes.  Erika grew up in southeast Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, while also earning a master’s degree in Public Health from The George Washington University.  From 2007-2020, Erika had a rewarding career in public health and still stays involved in public health initiatives.  Erika and Ben live in Boyne City with their daughter, Milo, a kindergartener at Boyne City Elementary School, and their son Tyler, age 2.  Together they form an active northern Michigan family, enjoying the beauty, the seasons, and the sense of community.  “I’ve admired the work of the community foundation for quite some time,” she said, noting, “and I’m so pleased to be in a position to support that good work in the years ahead.”

Fred Malpass, Chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, is looking forward to working with the new trustees. “Cindy, Erika and Dean are well-intentioned and thoughtful people,” he said, adding, “their combined background and experience will benefit the Community Foundation as we work to broaden our impact right here at home.”

Including the new appointments, the Community Foundation's Board of Trustees includes fifteen members, representing all regions of Charlevoix County. Other trustees include; Carol Burton of Beaver Island; Monica Peck and Josette Lory of Boyne City; Keith Carey, John Doskoch, Bob Hoffman and Don Jess of Charlevoix; and Jennifer Boyer, Bill Lorne, Fred Malpass, Angie Nachazel and Tami Vincent of East Jordan.


Sara ward named vice president

January 1, 2022

The Board of Trustees of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation are pleased to announce that Sara Ward has been promoted to the position of Vice President, effective January 1, 2022.  In her new role, Ms. Ward will be responsible for overseeing the grantmaking and development functions of the Community Foundation.  Ms. Ward has served as the Community Foundation’s Director of Development and Donor Services since 2016 with demonstrated success working with donors and nonprofit partners.

“Sara Ward has distinguished herself on our staff as a person of exceptional talent and integrity,” said Don Jess, Chair of the Board of Trustees, adding, “and we are very pleased to expand her role.”  Chip Hansen, President of the Community Foundation echoed those thoughts.  “Sara has made a positive impact on our organization from the day she arrived,” he said, noting, “her engagement and her ability to build healthy relationships have been keys to growing our charitable resources and our local impact.”

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Legacy spotlight: Babs Young


Ive lived here for almost 20 years now and many of the families we saw every summer in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; some of them live here now too. These are people Ive known my entire life,” notes Babs. Through discussion with Community Foundation staff, Babs decided on a plan that will support the Community Endowment and the arts community she has nurtured with her time. Of course art is important to me,” says Babs, but more than that, its that art encourages connection between people. I hope this gift will do that someday.” Read her full story.












GRANT IMPACT:  $54,000 in Youth grants awarded

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation responded to requests from nonprofit partners in November. Thanks to donors who look to the Community Foundation to make a difference close to home, grants have been awarded primarily to nonprofits who will focus in the areas of youth mental health and academic stress. In all, over $54,000 was awarded during the Youth Needs grant cycle.

For the full list of grants awarded, click here