Since 1998, the Community Foundation has given away over $12 million in grants and scholarships. In 2015, Colleen realized a personal goal of raising $1 million in one year, when she facilitated donations of over $1.2 million to create two new health-related funds. Colleen obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette. She holds certification in volunteer and nonprofit management and in HomeTown Competitiveness organizing. Colleen completed Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers and is a graduate of the Branch County Leadership Academy. Colleen brings to the Community Foundation a variety of experiences in personnel management, prospecting, project management, and community relations. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, she worked in a bubble gum factory, was an instructor and student intern manager at a business college, was a tutor and the director at the Branch County Literacy Council, and served as associate director at the Branch County Economic Growth Alliance. Colleen currently represents Branch County on the Michigan Works! Southwest four-county workforce development board, where she is a member of the contractor evaluation and RFP committees. She is a member if the Calhoun County Estate Planners Council where she has served on the board of directors since 2009 and was president for the 2015/2016 program year. She also serves on the Branch County Great Start and is the current chair.
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