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Board of Directors

The Great Start Collaborative Board of Directors is comprised of a diverse group of community leaders that represent both the public and private sectors and includes parents.

Great Start Parent Representatives

  • Donna Heineman

    GSPC Parent Representative
    Great Start Parent Coalition

  • Melissa Lutz

    GSPC Parent Representative
    Great Start Parent Coalition

  • Laura Loomis

    Great Start Parent Representative
    Branch County Great Start Parent Coalition

Business Partnerships

  • Hillary Eley

    Six Feet Solutions, LLC

  • Roberta Gagnon

    Kellogg Community College
    Grahl Center

Philanthropic and Charitable Organizations

  • Colleen Knight

    Executive Director
    Branch County Community Foundation

  • Judy Krzeminski

    Executive Director
    Branch County United Way

Faithbased Supports

  • Robert Montgomery

    First Presbyterian Free Health Clinic

Minority Service Providers

  • Suzanne Pish

    Family and Consumer Science Extension Coordinator
    Michigan State University Extension Office

Educational Parnterships

  • Joe Lopez

    Branch Intermediate School District

  • Dr. Tina Kerr

    Coldwater Community Schools

  • Krista Searles

    Lincoln Elemtary and Early Childhood Center

  • Cindy Rowe

    Director of Early Childhood Services
    Branch County Intermediate School District

  • Sue Coco

    Early On Program - BISD

Public Health Parnterships

  • Theresa Christner

    Health Promotion and Education Coordinator
    BHSJ County Health Agency

Department of Human Services

  • Kimberly Willis

    Director of Childrens Services
    Branch County Department of Human Services

Community Mental Health

  • John Bolton

    Pines Behavioral Health

Managed Health Care

  • Kristin Smith

    Director of Patient Experience
    Community Health Center of Branch County

Juvenile / Family Court

Regional Resource Center

  • Ella Fabel-Ryder

    Executive Director
    Great Start Southwest Regional Resource Center

  • Richadonna Frede

    Resource Specialist
    Great Start Southwest Regional Resource Center

Community Programs and Services

  • Kim Hemker

    Executive Director
    Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Daniela Angevine

    Program Associate
    Branch County Community Foundation
    Branch County Community Network

Board Member Meeting Materials

2.25.15 GSC Meeting