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Kristina Pepelko, Communications Manager

Areas of Expertise 

Communications strategy, media relations, email marketing, storytelling, social media, website maintenance, project management


With more than a decade of experience in writing, editing, and communications, Kristina has held professional roles across the nonprofit sector and online media space, including with Kids’ Orchestra, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and One Green Planet. She joined the Community Foundation in 2021 and holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Writing, both from Grand Valley State University.

Kristina currently volunteers with Elk Rapids Community Cupboard and Let These Animals Live cat sanctuary. Born in Metro Detroit to Croatian immigrants, she has lived in the Detroit area, Grand Rapids, Croatia, and Louisiana. Now residing in Williamsburg, Kristina shares her life with her husband, David; two rescue cats named Stella and Luna; and Daisy, a happy-go-lucky pit bull they adopted from Kalkaska County Animal Control.

Causes She's Passionate About

Animal rights, environmental protection and justice, equity and inclusion, housing access, human rights, veterans support, immigrant rights

Favorite Places in the Five-County Region

Elk Rapids, Suttons Bay, Miller Creek Nature Preserve, Boardman Lake Loop Trail, Yuba Creek Natural Area, Ethanology, Hexenbelle, Cellar 152, Ames St. Cafe, Sabores y Colores

Contact Kristina

Phone: (231) 935-4066 ext. 109 | Email: kpepelko@gtrcf.org