Our dedicated staff is experienced in all aspects of Community Foundation programs, funds, scholarships and operations.
Janet De Young
Janet joined the Community Foundation as Executive Director in December 2005. During her tenure, the foundation achieved compliance with rigorous National Standards for Community Foundations, saw significant growth in assets, and has launched cross-sector initiatives to advance the educational success of all community children.
Prior to the foundation, Janet served as Executive Director of Good Samaritan Ministries, a local nonprofit organization, and provided leadership in community mental health settings for Ottawa County, Michigan and the Omaha and Winnebago Tribes of Nebraska.
Janet graduated from Hope College in 1972 and from the University of Nebraska Graduate School of Social Work in 1984. She is a graduate of Holland First, Leadership Holland and Leadership West Michigan and completed the Holland/Zeeland area’s inaugural class of the Institute for Healing Racism.
In 2009 Janet was named one of 50 Women of Influence by I Magazine and, in 1999, received the Athena award from the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce for her work to better the lives of poor women.
She is a current member of:
- Holland Noon Rotary (former board member)
- Ottawa County Human Services Coordinating Council
- Government Affairs Committee of the Holland and Zeeland Area Chambers of Commerce
- Editorial Board of the Holland Sentinel
In her spare time Janet sails, plays a little piano and guitar, enjoys reading, theater, a good movie and most sports—though these days she does more watching than playing.
Janet is a ‘Nana’ to four beautiful grandchildren.
Vice President of Donor Development
Mike joined the Community Foundation as Vice President of Donor Development in January 2012. In this role he has primary responsibility for leading, managing and implementing the development functions of the foundation. This involves building a community of philanthropists who work together to make their philanthropy more powerful. He works with individuals, families, corporations and their professional advisors who are interested in supporting existing funds or starting their own fund at the foundation.
Mike’s involvement with the Foundation goes back 11 years as he has been a member of the Youth Advisory Council, Development Committee and 60th Anniversary Task Force. He has spent his entire career in philanthropy including working with Private Foundations, Community Foundations and Youth Grantmakers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations.
Having been born and raised in Holland, Mike graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2004, Calvin College with a degree in Secondary Education in 2008 and Grand Valley State University’s Graduate School for Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2011.
In 2009 he was named the Community Foundation’s first ever Young Philanthropist of the Year and in 2011 he was named one of the top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30 in the nation by Splashlife and the National Conference on Citizenship.
Mike serves on numerous nonprofit boards and committees including:
• Ready for School – Development Committee
• Kids Food Basket – Board of Directors, Governance Committee and Development Committee
• Learning to Give – Board of Directors
• GenerationOn – Advisory Board
• Holland Sentinel – Community Advisory Board
• Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy – Co-Founder and Co-Chair
• Independent Sector – NGen Committee Chair
Mike’s personal mission statement is to “Live a life where I value Communication, Relationships and Philanthropy” and working at the Foundation allows him to live that mission every day.
Director of Finance and Administration
Diana Mavis has been with the Community Foundation since 1997. Prior to her involvement with the Foundation, she worked in a dual role as an accountant and a customer service representative for a family owned air tool business in Farmington Hills, MI.
As Director of Finance and Administration, Diana manages the finances and fund accounting for over 430 funds, executes decisions made by the Investment Committee, serves as the human resource manager for staff payroll and benefits, and oversees the information and technical systems of the organization.
Diana is most proud of the opportunity she has to serve others through the Foundation, including donors, advisors, agencies, governments, schools and the citizens of the Holland/Zeeland area.
Diana received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Wayne State University. She graduated with honors and studied accounting and marketing. In her spare time she serves on the Outreach Team of the Redemption Riders Motorcycle Ministry.
Director of Grantmaking
Elizabeth Kidd has been with the Foundation since 2008. As Program Director, she manages the Foundation’s grant-making and scholarship programs. Elizabeth works closely with the Distribution Committee and Youth Advisory Committee and represents the Community Foundation on a number of collaborative community initiatives.
Before joining the Foundation, she worked in the state legislature and nonprofit sector. One of Elizabeth’s favorite parts of her work at the Community Foundation is seeing the Foundation’s scholarship donors and recipients meet at the annual scholarship reception. She says, “It is a joy to see them connect with each other. Donors have the opportunity to pass along the stories of why they established their scholarships and the students can share their plans for the future that the scholarships are helping to make possible.”
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and her Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University. She is a Michigan Steering Committee Member of the Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and an Alumni Association Executive Committee Member of the Center on Philanthropy.
Finance Associate/Office Manager
The Foundation welcomed Chansoma (Soma) Khov to the team in February of 2011. Soma holds a Master’s degree in finance from Davenport University and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from National University of Management in Phnom Penh, CAM. Soma brings banking experience as well as volunteer work experience from the Red Cross to the Foundation.