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Community Foundation Board Elects New Directors 2020

The Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected four new Directors for the 2020-2021 board year.

Laura Asiala, Antrim County
Laura Asiala is the Senior Director of Business Engagement for the Council of the Great Lakes Region and a Senior Fellow at PYXERA Global. She has extensive international business experience and retired after nearly 30 years with the Dow Corning Corporation. With roles in finance, marketing, human resources, and corporate communications, she ultimately served as the company’s director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Citizenship (Corporate Social Responsibility).

Laura served on the Board of Directors for Net Impact and the Advisory Council for the Sustainable Innovation MBA Program at the University of Vermont. She is a member of the board of directors for the National Writers Series in Traverse City and an elder for the First Presbyterian Church of Elk Rapids. Laura has two grown children, Lillian and Caroline, and lives in her hometown of Elk Rapids.

JoAnne Cook, Leelanau County
JoAnne Cook, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians, is from Peshawbestown. Her previous professional experience includes one term on Tribal Council (2012-2016) and with Tribal Courts as a Tribal Court Judge for two tribal communities (1994-2011). She received her Business Administration degree from Ferris State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. JoAnne was involved in the organization and development of two alternative courts: Peacemaking and Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court). The alternative courts utilize tradition and culture which allows for healing and restoring balance for those involved. 

She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabe way of life and has continued her learning about the 3 Fires people. JoAnne has presented to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she previously taught Business Law for Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and a course at NMC Extended Education, titled Native Law and Culture. JoAnne is currently teaching a short course, History of the Anishinaabek for NMC Extended Education.

Peter Finch, Leelanau County
As a financial planner, Peter Finch thoroughly enjoys applying his knowledge, experience, and talents in serving his clients’ entire financial well-being. Pete is passionate about being part of the community and has served in various capacities at the Suttons Bay Friendship Center, Rex and Ruby Ellen Farm Foundation, St. Mary School, Suttons Bay Rotary (past member), and various smaller initiatives like building playgrounds at the Suttons Bay beach.

Born in the Detroit area, Pete moved to Grand Rapids, after graduating from college, to pursue a career in the banking industry and relocated to the area in 1998. Pete has 3 children; Elsa who has graduated from MSU and works in Traverse City, Scout who lives in Austin, Texas and works in the energy industry; and Liam who is home in Glen Arbor with Pete, his wife Whitney and the family dog, Greta.

Ranve Martinson, Leelanau County
Ranve Martinson graduated from Suttons Bay High School and the University of Michigan. She spent over 10 years as an independent contractor for Parsons-Brinckerhoff/FEMA Housing Project (both pre and post Homeland Security) working disasters around the nation such as 9/11 and Katrina as an emergency housing assistance inspector, trainer, and quality control reviewer. Having grown weary of living out of a suitcase and paying exorbitant New York City rent, Ranve returned back to Michigan and earned a B.S. in Mortuary Science from Wayne State University and was the recipient of the C.B. Edwards Restorative Arts Award. She and her brother, Nick, are the 4th generation to run the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau which has been serving the region for more than 100 years as an independent family owned and operated small business. 

Ranve is active in the community and sits on the Board of Directors for the Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, is the Scholarship Chair and District Scholarship Chair for the Traverse City Elks Lodge #323, former Board of Directors for the Northport Community Performing Arts Center, primarily plays the alto saxophone with the Northport Community Band and The Cherry Pitters. In her spare time, she enjoys competitive sports (golf, volleyball, softball, etc.), boating, wakeboarding, randomly competing/volunteering at motor racing events, downhill skiing, snowboarding and civic endeavors too numerous to mention.

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