The leaders who started—and support—it all.
In 1986, Mary Jo Pulte gathered a group of 30 Michigan women to discuss philanthropy and the imbalance in donations to women’s programs. At that time, only 3% of philanthropic dollars went to programs for women and girls in the United States.
Empowered to change that statistic, the women founded Michigan Women Forward, formerly known as Michigan Women’s Foundation: the only public, statewide foundation devoted to the economic and personal well-being of Michigan women and girls.
Each year, thousands of individuals, families, corporations and foundations generously donate both time and money to support MWF’s programs that provide opportunity for Michigan women to succeed.
Michigan Women Forward Team
Allyson Boyle, Chief Financial Officer, 313.771.3523
Carolyn Cassin, President & CEO, 313.771.3512
Alexis Dishman, Chief Lending Officer, 313.771.3524
Andrea Davis, Accountant, 313.771.3519
Tanesia Greer, Neighborhood Resource and Intake Coordinator, 313.771.3514
Hannah Heebner, Development Director, 313.771.3520
Ben Jirik, Loan Officer, 313.771.3522
Jennifer Moon, Loan Officer, 313.962.1920
Ann Parnis, Executive Assistant | Office Manager, 313.771.3516
Laura Tomassi-Miller, Loan Officer, 313.356.2915
Mayra Villareal-Martinez, Technical Assistance Business Consultant, 313.771.3517
Grand Rapids Office
Elly Drain, Data Compliance and Logistics Manager, 616.765.4515
Judy Welch, Executive Director-West Michigan, 616.765.4224
Ana Jose, Director of Business Development, 616.903.4196
Cece Werner, Development and Events Coordinator, 616.765.4230
Meaghan Bergman, Program Manager for HERstory & UGOGirls Programs, 517.489.3486
Port Huron Office
Maggie Toole, Business Development Officer, 810.941.4030
Michigan Women Forward Board of Trustees
Chair: Stephanie Naito, Meijer
Vice Chair: Reigne Beauboeuf, HNTB Corporation
Treasurer: Mary Beth Kuderik, Kuderik & Associates CPAs
Secretary: Dawn Daggett, Huntington National Bank
President & CEO: Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women Forward
Stephanie Burnley, Devon Industrial Group, LLC
Denise Christy, Marsh & McLennan Agency, Immediate Past Chair
Lisa Gustafson, Consumers Energy
Jessica Hayes-Stallings, Skinphorea Facial Bar
Julie Hollinshead, Hollinshead Advisory Services
Alyse Martinelli, Jack Entertainment
Kimle Nailer, Nail-Rite Construction, Inc.
Eleanor Walker, Henry Ford Health Systems
Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy