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.
MWF is a certified community development financial institution (CDFI) whose mission is to expand economic opportunity for women and entrepreneurs of color, empower the next generation, and celebrate and honor the accomplishments of Michigan women.
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
Kenneth Anene, Loan Portfolio Manager, 313.771.3513
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
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
Carmen Szurpicki, Development Director, 313.771.3520
Grand Rapids Office
Natalie Hall, Chief Development and Program Officer, 616.649.2322
Ana Jose, Director of Business Development, 616.903.4196
Elly Drain, Program Reporting & Events Manager, 616.765.4515
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 Tylkowski, Huntington National Bank
President & CEO: Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women Forward
Teresa A. Bingman, Law Offices of Teresa A. Bingman
Stephanie Burnley, Devon Industrial Group, LLC
Denise Christy, Immediate Past Chair
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