Director, Learning to Give
Betsy Peterson is a former teacher with a heart for experiential learning and helping students recognize their personal brilliance. Her elementary classrooms reflected a love for learning and community involvement. She was active with piloting and writing curriculum and leading other teachers through curricular change. Later, she applied her educational expertise as product development director with a national publisher.
Betsy first learned about the impact of philanthropy education when Learning to Give piloted its lessons in Michigan schools, demonstrating that the skills, joy, and empowerment of philanthropy could be formalized into teachable knowledge and experience when integrated into all K-12 academic subjects. Ms. Peterson started at Learning to Give as a consultant and has served as an editor, writer, director of curriculum, and director. Ms. Peterson believes that as more youth open to kindness and generosity in their communities, we all have a stronger and more hopeful future.
Katelyn S. Herrygers
Content and Community Manager
Katelyn Herrygers is a content writing and social media specialist with a heart for purpose-driven work. She first learned about the impact of philanthropy and community involvement during a summer internship at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation during her undergraduate studies at Aquinas College. This experience solidified her desire to do meaningful work that positively impacts the community through service, education, and giving.
After earning a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2014, she decided to stay in West Michigan rather than pursue a PhD at an out-of-state program. Over the course of the last half-decade, Katelyn has gained valuable experience in marketing, digital advertising, event planning, project management, communication, and social media.
Katelyn is excited, and thankful, to be a part of the Learning to Give mission.
Classroom Community Coordinator, Wayne County
Mary is a high school social studies teacher and has also worked in law, business development and public policy, including positions with AARP and the United Auto Workers. Most recently, she was executive director of The Alliance for Housing Solutions, providing public education and advocacy in support of affordable housing and equitable development. Mary is on the board of Urban Neighborhood Initiatives which focuses on community development in the Springwells area of Southwest Detroit.