Marshall Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

MARSHALL, MICH.—The Marshall Community Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed Kate Stewart and Patty Williams to its ranks at its second quarter Board meeting.

Stewart is a 1999 graduate of Marshall High School and served as a Marshall Community Foundation (MCF) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) member from 1995 to 1999. She earned a bachelor of arts in theatre from Albion College and a master’s in student personnel administration from Saint Louis University. Upon moving back to Marshall from St. Louis, Stewart worked at Michigan State University as the associate director of admissions for the university’s full-time MBA program. She then served as the MCF YAC Advisor from 2016 to 2018. Stewart is an active volunteer at St. Mary’s Church, teaching religious education. She and her husband, Nathan, have four children, Michael (8), Emma (6), Joseph (4) and Grace (3).

Williams, a 1981 graduate of Marshall High School, holds a bachelor of arts in economics with a concentration in international studies from Kalamazoo College. She returned to Marshall in 1998 to raise her family, and since has served as executive director for both the Marshall United Way and The Franke Center for the Arts. She currently serves as the business development manager for the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance. In addition to her service with the Foundation, Williams volunteers with Oaklawn Hospital, Fountain Clinic, and The Franke Center.

Stewart and Williams round out the Foundation’s 13-member Board, joining the following members in service to the community:

Wendee Woods, Chair
Randy Davis, Vice Chair
Frank Boley, Treasurer
Sandra Dobbins, Secretary
Deanna Adler
Jennifer Caplis
Marguerite Davenport
Jay Larson
Heather Luciani
Jack Reed
Tom Tarkiewicz
and Youth Advisory Council representative, Isaac Culp

“For more than 50 years, the Marshall Community Foundation has served as a conduit of local generosity for Marshall and our surrounding communities,” said Woods. “The Foundation’s Board is deeply committed to the continued success of this organization. We know the work we do today will impact countless generations.”

The mission of the Marshall Community Foundation is to help make the Marshall area an even better place to live, work and raise a family. We do this by attracting permanently endowed funds from a wide range of donors, serving as a facilitator for special projects, distributing grants in support of innovative programs, while always being mindful to carry out the intentions of donors.

As the leadership body for the Foundation, the Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing organizational policies and resolutions, strategic and organizational planning, ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management, and approving and monitoring the ongoing success of the Foundation’s services.

For more information – or to make a donation to one of nearly 160 of the Foundation’s component funds – individuals can contact the Marshall Community Foundation at (269) 781-2273 or [email protected], or visit its website at