Board of Trustees

The Learning to Give Board of Trustees is a dedicated group of philanthropic and educational leaders who are elected and serve three-year terms and represent diverse experience and geographic areas. The trustees bring a wealth of knowledge to this organization and share an interest in carrying forward the history and purpose of the civil society sector, empowering youth with deep understanding and empowering experiences to build their role as participatory citizens.

Derrick Feldmann, Chair
Founder and President, Achieve

Derrick is the President of Achieve, a creative research and design agency for causes. He leads research efforts of the Millennial Impact Project and the implementation of MCON. He is the co-author of Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and remains a sought-after speaker on the latest trends in fundraising, online engagement, and Millennials.
Derrick writes and contributes regularly for Philanthropy News Digest of the Foundation Center and the Huffington Post IMPACT channel. He is a member of the Leadership Faculty of the Points of Light Corporate Institute and a guest lecturer for the School of Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Prior to founding Achieve, he received his undergraduate degree from Southeast Missouri State University and graduate degree from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Dorothy A. Johnson, Co-Chair
Council of Michigan Foundations President Emeritus

As CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations for 25 years, Dorothy Ahlburg Johnson created a national model for regional grant-making and is credited with permanent structural changes in Michigan philanthropy.

In 2014, Johnson was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She holds a lifetime achievement award from the Grand Rapids Economic Club and received the Distinguided Grantmaker of the Year award in 2000 from the Council on Foundations. At the invitation of Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush, Johnson advised the White House on volunteering and giving. When funding for AIDS services was considered "risky," she initiated the Michigan AIDS Fund, which became a national model. Johnson was the first woman board chair and served for 32 years as a Trustee of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest private international foundations in the world.

Currently she serves on the boards of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Princeton Seminary. Grand Valley State University, where she served on the board for 16 years, honors her achievements with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Robert Collier, Secretary/Treasurer
President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations

Robert S. Collier (Rob) has served as president/CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) since 2000, however has been involved with CMF as a volunteer throughout his career in philanthropy, which includes service as the founding director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation; executive director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City; grants director of the Gannett Foundation; and program officer at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. His 33 years of experience covers every type of organized philanthropy and support to Michiganders in creating family and corporate foundations, as well as many donor advised funds at community foundations.

Rob continues to be involved in leadership positions with state and national organizations that serve the charitable nonprofit sector and philanthropy, including service as a board member for the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Michigan Association of United Ways, and as a member of the Public Policy Committees for the Council on Foundations, and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers.

Rob also serves on many special task forces and boards, receiving appointments by the Governor to the Michigan Community Service Commission and the Executive Committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University and came to Michigan as a VISTA Volunteer, having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart College.

Kathryn Agard, Ed.D.
Former Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Founding Director, Learning to Give

Kathy is past Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. Prior to the Johnson Center, Dr. Agard served for a decade as founding Executive Director of Learning to Give.

Dr. Agard has over 40 years of nonprofit management and executive experience in health care, higher education, and foundation philanthropy. This includes the founding leadership, implementation and management of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project for the Council of Michigan Foundations, a $100+ million program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to cover the State of Michigan with community foundations and to engage youth in grant making.

Dwight Burlingame, Ph.D.
Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthrop

Dwight is the Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy and Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He completed a 6-year term in 2010 as editor of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), the official journal of ARNOVA. He also is co-editor of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies book series for the Indiana University Press.
He has authored and co-authored ten books, more than 55 articles and more than 100 book reviews. He is the editor of Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia published in 2004.

Dr. Burlingame is active in the nonprofit community as a board member and volunteer, a frequent speaker, consultant, and author on topics relating to philanthropy (with a special compassion for Youth and Philanthropy), corporate citizenship, and nonprofit organizations.

Mike Goorhouse
President of The Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland (Michigan) Area

Mike Goorhouse is President/CEO of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ). His involvement with CFHZ goes back 14 years when he joined the Youth Advisory Committee. He has since spent his entire career in philanthropy, including working with Private Foundations, Community Foundations, and Youth Grantmakers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations, before joining the CFHZ staff in 2012.

Mike has been named by Grand Rapids Business Journal one of the top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 and one of the nation's top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30 by the National Conference on Citizenship.

Annie Hernandez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation

Annie Hernandez, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and leads its special national project, Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC). Annie joined the staff of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in November 2012, coming from The Lumpkin Family Foundation, a co-founding partner of YPC. As a Program Director at The Lumpkin Foundation, Annie led the next generation efforts and developed the Good Works Connect network of nonprofits in downstate Illinois.

Her prior experience includes service in a variety of roles in public and nonprofit organizations, including a management support organization, the State of Indiana's Rural Affairs, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia where she was faculty with the Community Leadership Association, and Fiesta Indianapolis, Inc. where she was its first Executive Director. Annie lives in Goleta, California.

Rachel Hutchisson
Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy, Blackbaud, Inc.

Rachel is Vice President of Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy of Blackbaud, Inc., BLKB, a leading technology company that equips and connects the worldwide philanthropic community.  She is responsible for global corporate social responsibility, forging strategic relationships, sharing expertise to further the field of social good, and leading the company’s 3,000 associates in efforts to serve and give. A servant leader, Rachel is committed to the core philosophy that “good is for everyone,” working both to champion driving positive change, as well as inspiring individuals to integrate service into their professional and personal development.  In her work, her service, and her many mentoring relationships, she seeks to make a positive impact on her community with and through others, leveraging her deep experience working at the intersection of the business world and the nonprofit sector.  She couples her deep interest in good with strong communication skills developed through collegiate and post-graduate study.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dickinson College and holds a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  Rachel serves on the Board of Directors of the Giving Institute, providers of the annual Giving USA study, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Coastal Community Foundation.

Samantha Lasky
Director of Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility for AT&T

Samantha manages the external outreach for AT&T’s education initiatives, foundation, environmental, and community engagement efforts.

Previously, Samantha was a Communications Director at The Pew Charitable Trusts. She supported the strategic communications efforts of projects ranging from economic mobility and consumer finance issues to federal subsidies and tax expenditures, to the federal deficit and debt. Before Pew, Samantha founded The SJL Group, Inc. and was an independent consultant for over six years. Her consulting practice included work with both established foundations and start-up nonprofits in the areas of communications, strategic and organizational development, strategic planning initiatives, coalition building, and organizational/program branding and marketing. Among her clients were College Summit, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, FamiliesUSA, Rosalyn Carter Institute, and the World Resources Institute.

Prior to earning her MBA from the University of Michigan, Samantha worked on both a congressional and presidential campaign; was the Political Action Committee and Grassroots Manager for Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Project Coordinator for the Health Industry Manufacturers Association (formerly HIMA, now AdvaMed), and Associate Manager for Medtronic, Inc. Additionally, she was a Senior Account Executive with Ketchum Public Relations.

Samantha has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the past-chair and current member of the Board of Directors for DC SAFE, Inc., an organization that serves over 5,000 victims of domestic violence annually in Washington, DC. 

Angela Seaworth, Ph.D.
Director of Grants Management, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

Angela Seaworth joined the Laura and John Arnold Foundation as the Director of Grants Management in March 2017, where she is responsible for managing the grants team to support the Foundation’s work.    

Prior to this, Dr. Seaworth founded the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University, where she was responsible for strategic planning and management for that center for 6.5 years, which resulted in training more than 4,500 nonprofit professionals in 41 states and 5 countries.    

Dr. Seaworth earned her doctorate in philanthropic studies at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she researched nonprofit governance and leadership, authored a chapter of "Giving USA 2009," was a graduate fellow at the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, a doctoral intern for the Lumina Foundation, and held a doctoral assistantship at The Fund Raising School. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and completed the Preparing Future Faculty program.

Her professional experience spans corporate grant-making, community relations and public affairs, and more than 15 years of professional fundraising and nonprofit consulting. She worked in the Analytical Solutions practice for Marts & Lundy Inc. where she was responsible for capacity analyses, benchmarking studies and feasibility study design.

Dr. Seaworth has served as a subject matter expert for CFRE International, preparing questions for the certification exam, and has served on various nonprofit boards for 17 years, including the ACFRE board for AFP International and a national foundation board. She is involved in ARNOVA and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, formerly served as vice president of professional advancement for the Greater Houston Chapter.

Cindy Smith
CEO/Owner Early Assets

As an educator, advocate, and service-learning trainer, Cindy brings years of experience from both the classroom and the non-profit community. As an educator she has served as a Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Day Care Director, Lead Teacher, Assistant Pre-K Teacher, Math & Reading Instructor, and Training and Support Lead. Each of these positions has developed her skills in training, management, volunteer recruitment, retention, youth development, and program development.  
Cindy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education for Educational Studies, which prepared her to work both inside and outside of traditional classrooms. This versatile degree qualified her for a variety of career paths, working with nonprofit or government organizations, private educational or recreational settings, and as an innovator, advocate, and leader with organizations that support the development of children, youth and/or adults. She has a strong general foundation in education through research and discussion of current issues in education, educational psychology, human development, and community-based educational opportunities.

Douglas Bitonti Stewart
Executive Director, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

For more than 25 years, Doug Bitonti Stewart has dedicated his career to philanthropy-serving organizations, such as Michigan State University, Michigan Nonprofit Management Institute, the Arthritis Foundation, Children's Hospital of Michigan, and as Director of Development for Children's and Women's Health at the University of Michigan Health System.

In early 2007, Doug became the first Executive Director of the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In his position, Doug has the privilege of helping the Fisher family further their philanthropic legacy by working with partners making the most meaningful impact to strengthen and empower children and families in need.

Doug is a member of a number of volunteer boards, including the Jewish Funders Network; Excellent Schools Detroit; immediate past chair of The League Michigan, an organization promoting youth service and leadership throughout Michigan; and the 2014 American Express NGen Leadership Award Selection Committee.

Doug serves the philanthropic field and social impact sector through his work on the CEO Advisory Board of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Committee to Transform Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion of the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Development Summer Internship Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, where he also served as a guest lecturer in the Org Studies program.

Eleonora “Ellie” Frey Zagel
Director of the Family Business Alliance (FBA)

In her role at the Family Business Alliance (FBA), a membership driven, non-profit organization, Ellie helps family businesses of West Michigan succeed generation to generation. Ellie is also a 3rd Generation Trustee of her family’s foundation, the Frey Foundation.  She has been deeply involved in working with the next generation of family philanthropy, and personally supports worthy causes domestically and internationally.  
Ellie earned her Bachelor’s degree in international relations and economics from Boston University, and has certificates in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She has spoken around the country on next generation issues in family business and family philanthropy.  
Ellie serves on several nonprofit boards including the National Center for Family Philanthropy (Washington, DC), Council of Michigan Foundations (Michigan), Frey Foundation (Grand Rapids, MI), Spectrum Health Foundation (Grand Rapids, MI), and her local Trout Unlimited chapter.  
Ellie and her husband Chad live in East Grand Rapids, MI and are proud new parents of Steven Monroe.

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