One advancement, one new executive at Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation has a new Vice President of Community Investment and Director of Marketing Communications.

Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh became Vice President of Community Investment on June 25. He has been one of the foundation’s community investment officers since 2011. He steps into the post previously filled by Carrie Pickett-Erway, who was named President/CEO of the Community Foundation earlier this spring.

Stotz-Ghosh has spent his professional career in the nonprofit sector. He previously worked for the W.E. Upjohn Institute, Greater Kalamazoo United Way, Healthy Futures and The Forum for Kalamazoo County.

Stotz-Ghosh also serves on the boards and committees of several local organizations and is a member of the Council of Michigan Foundations’ Peer Action Learning Network. He serves as the local site lead for the Strive Network, a national cradle to career civic infrastructure network.

He became a certified Business Solutions Professional at Michigan State University, School of Labor and Industrial Relations in 2007, earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Western Michigan University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts, English at Kalamazoo College in in 1995.

Tom Vance joined the Community Foundation as Director of Marketing Communications July 9. Vance most recently served as Community Relations Manager at Portage Public Schools. He previously was with Biggs|Gilmore Communications in Kalamazoo as a public relations account executive. He also previously worked at the Upjohn Company in community relations and public affairs. Before moving to Kalamazoo in 1989 for Upjohn, Vance served on active duty in the Army as a public affairs officer.

Vance’s community involvement has included board positions with the Portage Community Center, Greater Kalamazoo United Way, Housing Resources and the Western Michigan University Alumni Association. He also was the 2011/2012 president of the Michigan School Public Relations Association.

Vance earned his Master of Arts, History, at WMU in 2005 and a Bachelor of Arts, History -- history major and journalism Minor, at WMU in 1978.

Writer: Kathy Jennings, Second Wave Media
Source: Shannon Bronsink, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

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