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Welcoming Our New Staff!

Recently, our board voted to designate funding to help expand our impact in the community through added capacity. We've hired Grantmaking Associate, Katherine Palms, to help manage the additional grant opportunities we've taken on over the years as we've expanded the amount of assets and number of endowments we manage on behalf of our donors. And our new Communications Officer, Pam Amundsen, was brought on the team to expand our communications so that the community and county residents know how we are active, why we do the work we are doing, and how their gifts impact the region both now and in the future. Join us in welcoming these two new staff members to the team and to the community!

Katherine moved to Leland in October of 2016 from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. It had been her dream to live in Leelanau County after growing up vacationing at the Homestead in Glen Arbor. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a focus in Public Health from Denison University. Katherine has been a Trustee of her family foundation, the HP Foundation, since 2012 and acting as Secretary since December 2016. The Foundation focuses on supporting Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. She is thrilled to now be serving those two counties along with Antrim, Benzie, and Kalkaska as a member of the Community Foundation. Katherine has a passion for living well and spends her spare time hiking, kayaking, spending time with her family and golden doodle, Hunny, teaching yoga, supporting the Traverse City Plant Based Lifestyle group, and sharing essential oils.

A native Floridian, Pam relocated to Traverse City to be a part of the work the Community Foundation is doing throughout the region. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Auburn University, Pam aims to promote initiatives worth following by coming alongside people working for change. She has 6 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working previously for an organization that focused on collective impact, community engagement, and asset-based community development. Pam and her husband, Roger, who enjoy being outdoors and appreciating the beauty of Northern Michigan, live in a small home where they try to be good neighbors.


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