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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

Detroit Office

Allyson Boyle, Chief Financial Officer, 313.771.3523

Michael Canale, Portfolio Manager | WEI, 248.518.0035

Carolyn Cassin, President & CEO, 313.771.3512

Andrea Davis, Accountant, 313.771.3519

Blanca Fauble, Director of Development, 313.771.3526

Hannah Heebner, Development Manager, 313.771.3520

Imran Mumtaz, Program Manager | Loan Fund Manager, 313.771.3522

Ann Parnis, Executive Assistant | Office Manager, 313.771.3516

Joyce L. Suber, Executive Director | WEI, 313.771.3514

Grand Rapids Office

Elly Drain, Director of Events, 616.765.4515

Judy Welch, Executive Director-West Michigan, 616.765.4224  

Lansing Office

Meaghan Bergman, Program Manager for Hall of Fame Museum & Girls Programs, 517.489.348

Michigan Women Forward Board of Trustees


Chair: Denise Christy, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Vice Chair: Stephanie Naito, Meijer

Treasurer: Mary Beth Kuderik, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

Secretary: Lisa Gustafson, Consumers Energy

President & CEO: Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women Forward


Regine Beauboeuf, HNTB Corporation

Dawn Daggett, Huntington National Bank

Alexis Dishman, IFF

Sarah Earley

Pamela Enslen, Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP

Pam Hankins, Comerica Wealth Management

Julie Hollinshead, Hollinshead Advisory Services

Carol L J Hustoles, Western Michigan University

Alyse Martinelli, Bedrock

Terry Merritt, Walbridge

Denise Quarles

Nancy Moody, DTE Energy

Michelle Rabideau, Saint Mary’s Health Care

Kelly Rossman-McKinney

Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy

Karen Patricia Williams, Ohio State University