Four new staff members join Kalamazoo Community Foundation team

Kalamazoo Community Foundation has recently announced the hiring of four new staff members, the vice president of Community Investment, the finance coordinator for grantmaking, and two sharing a receptionist/office assistant position.

Laura Galaviz has been named finance coordinator for grant-making. She recently worked at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes as volunteer coordinator and later as donor database coordinator. Galaviz, with a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University and an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in New York state, is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of English at WMU.

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes is the new vice president of Community Investment. Previously, she served as Community Relations Director at the Michigan Department of Civil Rights where she managed the statewide education and outreach team. Her public service career spans more than 20 years, which includes serving as CEO of the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and as the state director for the Office of Migrant Affairs.

The receptionist/office assistant position is being handled by Stacey Charron-Milnikel and Breanne Stokes in a job sharing arrangement. 

Charron-Milnikel's administrative background is in nonprofit mental health organizations, and she most recently served as Human Resources Assistant at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health in Grand Rapids where volunteer coordination and corporate events were among her responsibilities.
Stokes is a graduate of Adrian College and moved to Kalamazoo to pursue her master’s degree in International Development Administration at Western Michigan University.

The mission of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, established in 1925, is to make life better for all, through leadership and stewardship of resources that last forever, and the vision of a community where every person can reach full potential. Learn more at

Source: Kalamazoo Community Foundation
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