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The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area elected a new slate of officers during its 2017 annual meeting.
Elected as Board Chair is Mark K. Harder, a partner with the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Harder chairs the firm’s Private Client and Family Office Practice and concentrates his practice in estate planning and administration for high-net-worth individuals and in the representation of family-owned businesses and their owners.
Harder succeeds Scott Spoelhof, who held the position of chair in 2016. Mark served as chair-elect to Spoelhof for the past year. Harder joined the Board in 2014 and has most recently served on the Foundation’s executive, governance, development, and audit committees.
“The Community Foundation plays an integral role in maintaining and improving the quality of life in our community as it helps steward resources to impact others,” Harder said. “I am deeply honored to be part of that effort and look forward to working with the leadership team and my fellow Board members to help create lasting positive change.”
Harder has been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer since 2006 and has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America since 2005. He was named Lawyer of the Year for Trusts and Estates in the Grand Rapids area in 2010 and again in 2017 and a Leading Lawyer in Michigan from 2014 to the present. He was also recognized for for his work in private wealth law by Chambers High Net Worth Guide in 2016.
Mark is a Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel and is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, State Bar of Wisconsin, Ottawa County Bar Association, Michigan State Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation. He is also a member of Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises.
Mark serves on the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Probate and Estate Planning Advisory Board. From 2003 until 2010, Mark led State Bar of Michigan efforts to write the Michigan Trust Code, as well as other legislation regulating how trusts are handled. In 2015, he authored a commentary for Michigan’s Uniform Principal and Income Act. He has also co-authored the Estates and Protected Individuals Code with Reporters’ Commentary from 2010 to 2017 for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.
A graduate of Leadership Holland, Mark has been active in a variety of community organizations, including the Center for Women in Transition, Macatawa Cycling Club, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Hospice of Holland and the Grand Rapids-based Family Business Alliance.
Harder holds a bachelor of business administration with high distinction from the University of Iowa and his doctor of jurisprudence with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area’s Board of Trustees recently elected three new members. Lucia Rios, Tom DenHerder, and Ryan Lindberg were all elected during the Board’s annual meeting held on May 28.
Lucia Rios is the Resource Navigator for The SOURCE stationed at Herman Miller and is a freelance writer. A West Michigan native, she has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years and is an advocate for disability inclusion. Lucia also serves on the Community Foundation’s distribution committee.
Tom DenHerder is the President/CEO of Yacht Basin Marina. He currently also serves on the Zeeland Public School Board of Education, the Zeeland Education Foundation Board, Chemical Bank Holland Community Board, and the Community Foundation’s investment committee. State-wide he serves on the Michigan Boating Industries Association Board.
Ryan Lindberg is a senior at Holland Christian High School and serves as the Board's youth trustee. He has been a member of Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) since 2016 and will serve as Chair of YAC for the 2019–2020 school year. In addition to YAC, Ryan participates in soccer, is a member of the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project, the Holland Youth Advisory Council, and currently holds an internship at Lakeshore Advantage.
The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area elected a new slate of officers during its annual meeting held on May 28, 2019. Elected as Board Chair is Leslie Brown, Chairman of the Board at Metal Flow Corporation, Brown succeeds Bret Docter, who held the position of Chair in 2018. Brown served as Chair-Elect to Docter for the past year and Jim Bishop will be the new Chair-Elect.
Leslie Brown joined the Board in spring of 2015 and is owner and Chairman of the Board of Metal Flow Corporation in Holland. She has served as the past Chair of the Board of Holland Hospital as well as serving on the boards of Talent 2025, West Coast Chamber of Commerce, Holland Historical Trust, West Michigan Community Bank and Harbor House Ministries.
Jim joined the Board in spring of 2014. A 37-year veteran of banking, in 2015, Jim joined West Michigan Community Bank and is Senior Vice President / Lakeshore Market Manager. Jim currently serves on the City of Holland Downtown Development Authority. Jim is a past board member of the Holland Area Arts Council, Holland Area Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement, Lakeshore 504, and a former trustee of the Muskegon Public Schools Board of Education. He also served as a charter member of the executive committee for the Ready for School Council.
Deborah Sterken will continue to serve as Secretary and Mark Harder will serve as Treasurer, and Bret Docter will become Past-Chair.
A new Leadership Council has been formed to collectively focus on workforce housing solutions. The Leadership Council, composed of the area’s top community and business development organizations will work to ensure housing is available for all area workers.
Mike Goorhouse, President of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area and Holly Johnson, President of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation will serve as co-chairs of the newly formed Housing Next Leadership Council. The Council also will include representatives from the West Coast Chamber, Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties, Ottawa County, Lakeshore Advantage and Community SPOKE.
“Affordable housing was already a big problem in our community and it is getting bigger. Recent estimates of the shortage have grown to between 12,000 and 15,000 units, said Goorhouse, co-chair of the Housing Next Leadership Council. “Local businesses, government, and nonprofit organizations are all seeing the lack of affordable housing creating tremendous difficulty in many families’ day to day lives and constraining our overall ability to grow and thrive as a community.”
The Housing Next Leadership Council was formed due to the extensive housing research effort lead by the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties – Ottawa Housing Next. The Leadership Council’s first order of business will be to hire a director fully focused on workforce housing solutions. This individual will be the champion for workforce housing solutions in our community. The position description for any interested applicants can be on the United Way website: https://www.ottawaunitedway.org/employment. The Council plans to have its new director in place by the end of 2017.
“Lack of affordable housing is both a social and an economic issue, and will require government, business and nonprofits all working together to make significant progress towards a solution,” said Johnson “I can’t remember a time when these eight organizations have collaborated so closely to address a key community priority.” In addition to the Leadership Council, there will be a broader Advisory Board which will have representation from developers, businesses, philanthropy, housing nonprofits, government and residents.
Housing Next has identified four strategies to help our community better access these market-driven solution
In addition to Johnson and Goorhouse, other members of the newly formed Leadership Council include:
Lyn Raymond, Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance will serve as liaison from the Leadership Council to the broader Advisory Panel.
“United Way is pleased to transition the leadership on this effort to this Leadership Council, while still keeping all the important members of Ottawa Housing Next informed and engaged,” said Patrick Moran, President of the United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties. “This cross sector council is the right group at the right time to increase market driven housing solutions.”
Ann Query joined the Community Foundation staff in March of 2017 as part-time Development Director.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have Ann on the team. Ann’s understanding of the Community Foundation runs as deep and wide as her connections and relationships to so many in our community,” said President/CEO Mike Goorhouse.
Prior to joining the team, Ann served on CFHZ’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years, serving as Chair of the Board on two different occasions.
Of Ann’s commitment to the Community Foundation, she says, “I’ve always had an interest and passion for building organizations and building community. This new opportunity is one more chance to build community, and particularly, community for the future. I truly believe the foundation is for good. for ever.”
Ann first became involved with CFHZ as a board member from 1996 – 2002 when transitioning from the Zeeland Community Foundation at the point when the Holland and Zeeland foundations became one single entity. She had served on the Board of the Zeeland Community Foundation from 1986-1996, prior to the merger. In 2006, Ann began her board service again, serving until spring of 2016 (Board Chair from 2011 – 2013). During her board service, Ann played a role on each of the Foundation’s committees. In addition, she and her husband John have multiple funds with the Community Foundation and are proud members of CFHZ’s Bridge Builder Legacy Society.
Ann enjoys finding ways to give time, talent and treasure to the community that has blessed her efforts as an educator, business owner and leader. “The Community Foundation touches so many areas of both need and enhancement in the broader community, and it is a wonderful organization in which to serve to make a difference for today and long into the future,” states Ann.
In addition to her service to the Community Foundation, Ann has been involved in many key community organizations and efforts, including: Lakeshore Advantage – founding board member and former Executive Committee member, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council – founding board member and former Chair, Zeeland Community Hospital Board of Directors, Zeeland Community Hospital Foundation, Zeeland Public Schools Educational Foundation, Zeeland United Way’s Board of Directors, Zeeland Shopping Area Redevelopment Board, Second Reformed Church of Zeeland, Airport Authority Advisory Committee, and a past Hope College Campaign Chair.
Ann currently serves on the Holland Symphony Orchestra Board. Since 2009, she’s served on the Zeeland Board of Public Works as a commissioner, and also chairs the Zeeland Community Development Corporation.
Ann completed her Master’s Degree in Community Leadership from Central Michigan University’s Institute for Personal & Career Development. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hope College with a major in English, a minor in Music, and a secondary education teaching certificate. She also obtained her elementary teaching certificate from Grand Valley State University. In addition to teaching and managing/owning a retail business, Ann served as the President of the Zeeland Chamber of Commerce from 1989-2011.
Ann has been recognized with numerous awards over the course of her career including: Business Review of Western Michigan’s Most Influential Women Award, iMagazine’s 50 Women of Influence Award, City of Zeeland’s Certificate of Recognition and Achievement, Zeeland Public Schools Community Spirit Award for Partnership, as well as a Special Tribute for her Chamber of Commerce work from the State of Michigan.
Ann and her husband John live in Zeeland. They have two children and three grandsons.
CFHZ President/CEO Mike Goorhouse is delighted to have Colleen join the staff “Colleen is the perfect fit for this position and I couldn’t be more grateful that she is willing to bring her talents and passion to our organization. With her successful track record of fundraising in this community, her connections with professional advisors and her longstanding personal commitment to our mission, I believe Colleen is going to take the Community Foundation’s development and donor service work to new heights!”
Hill has been involved with the Community Foundation for 10 years and served on the Board and Distribution Committee since 2016. In addition to her service at the Community Foundation, Hill is actively involved in a number of community organizations. She currently chairs the advisory council of Kid's Food Basket – Holland and serves on the board for Center for Women in Transition. Hill was formerly Chair of the Center for Women in Transition’s Forward Together Endowment Campaign, co-chair of the Herrick District Library millage campaign and past board member of the Holland Young Professionals. “It is such an honor to join the amazing team at the Community Foundation. It gives me great joy to know that so many individuals, families and companies have put their faith in the Community Foundation. I consider it a great responsibility to serve and guide donors toward achieving their giving goals.” Hill said. “I have long valued our Community’s Endowment and its ability to respond swiftly to the ever-changing needs of our community and invest strategically in initiatives that will enable our community to thrive today, tomorrow and forever.”
Hill succeeds Ann Query, who served as CFHZ’s part-time Director of Development for the last 18 months. “We couldn’t be more grateful to Ann for helping us out this last year and a half as we finished our campaign and tried to keep up with the increased demand for our services. She has been committed to CFHZ for more than 25 years and her passion for our mission has inspired many to support our work.” says Mike Goorhouse. Prior to joining the staff, Query served on CFHZ’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years, serving as Chair of the Board on two different occasions.
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