Member Connection

February, 2023

Focus on Grant Review

Grant Review season is in full swing, and we are very excited! We would like to introduce you to our amazing Grant Review Chairs. Then, read on for a refresher on how our grant process works, learn about our Financial Review Committee, and help us kick off our "Faces of Impact" membership drive!

Meet our Grant Review Chairs!

We have over 100 members reviewing grants this year, working to ensure that the proposals we bring forward at The Big Give will have a big impact in our community. We'd like you to meet Eileen Vernor and Leslie Thacker, our Grant Review Co-Chairs. This dynamic duo keeps the whole process running smoothly, communicating with Focus Area chairs, managing training events, and making sure that the nonprofit applicants get all their questions answered. This is their first year as Chairs, making their accomplishments even more impressive. Thank you, Eileen and Leslie, for your organizational skills and the many hours you give to make sure our grant review experience is top notch!!

The Impact100 Metro Detroit Grant Process

Our Members

Impact100 MD members donate $1,000 toward the grant pool when they join. Those dollars are then awarded to local nonprofits in $100,000 increments each year. The total number of grants is dependent upon the number of members, and any funds in excess of $100,000 is awarded to finalists, so that all monies are given out in full each year.

Focus Areas

Grants are awarded in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education, Family & Individual Support, Health & Wellness, and Revitalization, Recreation & Environment. Each focus area has its own committee to review grant proposals in their area and recommend their top applicants to move on to financial review, and eventually toward possibly becoming one of our 5 finalists.

The Big Give!

Grants are awarded to one or more of the finalists based on a vote of the Impact100 Metro Detroit membership at our Big Give event in May. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote. Last year we awarded $281,000 in grants! We would love to top that this year!

Join the Financial Review Team

Financial Review is an important part of our Grant Review process. It involves ensuring that the grant finalists demonstrate financial stability and longevity, ensuring that our members' funds will have the impact we all want.

FRC members review financial information provided by semi-finalists in the 5 focus areas. Committee members are given all the tools needed, including a live/virtual training session and access to the Slideroom data platform, where our grant applications are housed. Committee members then meet to discuss the proposals and decide as a group if each semi-finalist is a “Pass” or “Fail” based on specific criteria related to non-profit organizations.

Interested in helping? All members are welcome. Click the button below to volunteer.


February 21, 6 pm

VirtualTraining Session

March 6

Independent Review Begins

March 22, 6 pm

Virtual Group Review Meeting

Join Financial Review
Renew for 2023

Our membership numbers are steadily growing, but to reach our goal of 300 members and $300,000 in grants, we need YOU! Please renew your membership today, and be sure to share our organization with your friends. We grow when you reach out. Thank you to the 2023 members below. Together we are fueling transformation!

Michelle Acciavatti, Chesterfield  

Jennifer Adderley, Bloomfield Hills

Suzanne Alfastsen, Troy  

Amy Anger, Beverly Hills  

Jordette Applewhite, Waterford  

Dawn Aronoff, Rochester  

Kelsey Arvai, Ferndale 

Clarissa Bailey, Grosse Pointe Woods

Katie Balesky, Birmingham  

Cathy Bank, Bloomfield Hills  

Patricia Batey, Birmingham  

Zayerow Baylor, Detroit  

Crisi Bethards, South Lyon  

Ann Bieneman, West Bloomfield  

Roz Blanck, Franklin  

Julie Bogas, Bloomfield Hills  

Karla Bole, Birmingham  

Sherri Bosart, Orchard Lake 

Kim Boudreau Smith, Birmingham  

Amy Bouque, Troy  

Mallory Bouque, Troy  

Mary Ellen Brayton, Gr Pointe Farms

Andrea Brimmer, Linden  

Denise Brooks-Williams, Detroit  

Luree Brown, Southfield  

Elaine Buckberg, Grosse Pointe Farms

Carly Campbell, Ferndale  

Gabriella Carlesimo, Rochester  

Mary Carley, Troy  

Jamila Carrington Smith, Beverly Hills  

Jane Carvell, Royal Oak  

Michelle Casey, Auburn Hills  

Kathryn Cassar, Bloomfield Hills  

Princess K. Castleberry, Auburn Hills  

Kristin Christ, Rochester  

Deborah Clark, Sterling Heights  

Laurie Clark-Horton, Detroit  

Maris Cohen, Farmington Hills  

Erika Coleman, Canton  

Rosemarie Coleman, Beverly Hills  

Sarah Comstock, Plymouth  

Madison Conley, Detroit  

Sigal Cordeiro, Birmingham  

Neena Crimmins, West Bloomfield  

Mary Crook, Waterford  

Kellie Davis-Patton, Bloomfield Hills  

Alexis De La Cruz, Canton  

Debra DeBose, Southfield 

Milissa DeJongh, Brownstown  

Paula Del Papa, Shelby Township  

Wendy Dempsey, Shelby Township  

Tracy Deuman, Orion  

Debora DiCicco, Macomb  

Julie DiCicco, Grosse Pointe Woods  

Julie Diffenbach, Birmingham  

Liz Digregorio, Royal Oak  

Carole Dills, Troy  

Irene Dimitry, Jackson  

Julie Dinan, Grosse Pointe Farms  

Wendy Dingwall, Troy  

Staci Dodson-Beurer, Dearborn 

 Jennifer Dollar, Rochester Hills  

Kareen Donegan, Bloomfield 

Rachele Downs, Ferndale  

Carol Driscoll, Waterford

Melanie Dunbeck, Dearborn  

Yolanda Durfield, Farmington Hills  

Emily Eichenhorn, West Bloomfield  

Unyime Ekpenyong, Canton  

Latina Fauconier, Bowie  

Cassie Feld, Troy  

Mary Feldmaier, Bloomfield Hills  

Pamela Fiedler, Indialantic, FL

Natalie Finerty, West Bloomfield  

Lisa Fitzgerald, Bloomfield Hills

Shirley Fortune, Grosse Pointe  

Susan A. Fox, Fraser  

Diana Freeburg, Waterford  

Cathy Gearig, Rochester Hills  

Carol Gerlach, Northville  

Anna Giammarco, Northville  

Maureen Gibbons, Beverly Hills  

Lee Gillett, Bloomfield Hills  

Shaina Gram, Grosse Pointe Farms

Sheila Grayden, Southfield 

 Jennifer Guarino,  Detroit  

Charlene Haines, Birmingham  

Marie Haller, Fort Collins, CO  

Cathy Harber, Grosse Pointe Farms 

 Jaime Harper, Clinton Township  

Wytrice Harris, Detroit 

 Kali Hassinger,  Southfield  

Kathy Henrich,  Birmingham  

Ranae Heuer,  Birmingham  

Kerri Heydens,  Rochester Hills  

Tracie Hightower,  Southfield 

 Yvonne Hillis,  Madison Heights  

Libby Hoenig,  Rochester Hills  

Pamela Horton-Nolen,  W. Bloomfield

Sandra Hosler,  Rochester Hills  

Kelly Houseman  Grosse Pointe Shores

Claire Hughes,  Ann Arbor 

 Maggie Hughes,  Ferndale  

Ashley Hurand,  Troy  

Natasha Hutcherson,  Redford  

Tonya Hutchison,  Lake Orion  

Kim Huttenlocher,  Clarkston  

Jessica Hymon,  Sterling Heights 

 Jaclyn Jackson  Ferndale  

Karen Jbara,  Waterford  

Sara Johnson,  Allen Park 

 Lisa Johnston,  Warren 

Linda Jones,  Detroit  

Latecia Jones Owoiya, St Clair Shores 

 Lucy Kapur,  West Bloomfield  

Barb Kaufman,  West Bloomfield

 Judy Kelly,  Troy  

Michele Kelly,  Farmington  

Ligia Kennedy,  Macomb  

Candace Kettner, Royal Oak  

Brooke Kircher,  Clarkston  

JoJo Klingler, Troy  

Scottie Knight,  Grosse Pointe Park  

Melanie Knuppel,  Plymouth  

Kerri Koellner, Beverly Hills  

Karen Kraft, Troy 

Laura Kromer, Warren  

Diane Lalicki, West Bloomfield  

Mary Lamparter, Grosse Pointe Farms

Christyne Lawson, Bloomfield Hills  

Randie Levin, Bloomfield Hills  

Nicole Lewis,  West Bloomfield  

Julie Lichtenberg Stern, Birmingham  

Christine Lindemann, Gr Pte Farms  

Courtney Lowman,  Birmingham  

Dawn Lyman, Farmington Hills  

Karen MacDonald, West Bloomfield  

Mary Madigan, Detroit  

Carolyn Maher, Troy  

Dena Major, Lincoln Park  

Kelsey Manoogian, Berkley  

Kelly Markosky, Royal Oak  

Angelique Strong Marks, W Bloomfield

Caroline Marks,  Grosse Pointe  

Carmela Mascar, Portland, OR  

Megan McCandlish, Madison Heights  

Jen McCollum Shea, Troy  

Meredith McCutcheon, Rochester Hills

Margret McDermott, Clarkston  

Mary McMillan, St. Clair Shores  

ue Merritt, Melvindale  

Blaire Miller, Beverly Hills  

Karen Mobley, Bloomfield Hills

Ashley Moon, Oak Park  

Laura Murphy, Rochester  

Victoria Murphy, Grosse Ile  

Elizabeth Nastovski, Birmingham  

Kathleen Nauer, Birmingham  

Alicia Nicholson, Grosse Pointe Farms

Stephanie Nicholson, Grosse Pointe  

Jeanine Nielsen, Rochester Hills  

Lisa Niscoromni, Grosse Pointe

Stephanie Nwabueze, Novi  

Colleen O’Brien, Bloomfield Hills  

Jane O’Shea, Birmingham  

Billie Jo Pabst, Warren  

Michelle Pachla, Shelby Township  

Lee Padgett, Detroit 

Jigisha Pardanani, Detroit  

Allyson Parker, Grosse Pointe 

Kathleen Patterson, Bloomfield Hills  

Erica Peresman, Birmingham  

Jane Pettibone, Beverly Hills

Amy Pfaehler, Grosse Pointe

Amy Place, Northville 

Catherine Porter, Livonia  

Trish Rainer, Rochester Hills

Colleen Rebock, Bloomfield Hills  

Tracie Reihm, Troy  

Dana Robinson, Grosse Pointe Park

Libby Robinson, Grosse Pointe Farms

Nicole Romine, Grosse Pointe Farms

Teresa Roscoe, Bloomfield Hills

Tyler Ross, Northville

Jeanne Roth, Lake Angelus

Janni Ruark, Plymouth

Jennifer Russell, Madison Heights

Breanna Saagman, Canton

Sarah Saltzman, West Bloomfield

Lisa Samerdyke, Shelby Twp

Kelley Saros, Grosse Pointe Park

Larissa Schultz, Hamtramck

Rebecca Schuster, Grosse Pointe City

Amy Scott, Troy 

 Jade Scott, Eastpointe  

Karen Seder, Rochester  

Antoinette Segitz, Birmingham  

Grace Sellers, Shelby Township  

Katie Serda, Grosse Pointe Park  

Betira Shahollari, Rochester Hills

Leslie Sheidler, Rochester Hills  

Laura Silberman, Bloomfield Hills

Brenda Silva, Canton  

Sharee Sims, West Bloomfield  

Tricia Skapyak, Macomb  

Heidi Smith, Troy 

 Janna Snyder, Bloomfield Hills  

Andrea Spade, South Lyon  

Cheryl Stafford, Detroit  

Kimberly Stafford, Bloomfield Hills  

Courtney Stevens, Sterling Heights  

Linda Stewart, Alpena  

Samantha Stewart, Detroit  

Christy Stine, Royal Oak  

Melinda McTaggart Stone, Birmingham

Liliana Stoneback, Orchard Lake  

Aidis Suever, Canton  

Heather Sullivan, Bloomfield Hills

Carmen Sutherlin, Farmington Hills

Elissa Teal Watson, Center Line  

Nancy Tellem, Detroit

Ann Tenniswood, Troy  

Alexia Thacker, Fraser  

Leslie Thacker, Fraser  

Jenny Thai-Tang, Bloomfield Hills

Victoria Tice,Clarkston  

Danielle Todd, Birmingham  

Tammy Toppi, Farmington Hills  

Lisa Vallee Smith, Grosse Pointe Farms

Cheryl Van Tol, Grosse Pointe Park

Eileen Vernor, West Bloomfield  

Marie Wahler, West Bloomfield  

Kelly Walsh, Grosse Pointe  

Cindy Weaver, Canton  

Kathleen Wendt, Bloomfield Hills 

Charlene Williams, Grosse Pointe Park

Hyla Williams, Farmington Hills  

Lisa Wilson, Clinton Township

Stephanie Wineman, Bloomfield Hills

Jennifer Wroldsen, Bloomfield Hills

Carla Young, Bloomfield Hills  

Lindsay Yousif, Rochester Hills  

Mary Zatina, Detroit 

Please recommend Impact100 Metro Detroit to a friend. Our impact grows as we grow, and we grow in a very large part due to our members sharing our story with friends and co-workers.

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