Executive Director (email)
After graduating from the University of Michigan, Christa began her career at EDS, working on their Chevrolet and National Geographic accounts. After several years in the workplace, she returned to U of M and earned her Master’s in Business Administration.
An internship at Focus: HOPE gave Christa a taste of the non-profit environment before she headed off to Deloitte to join their consulting group. After working her way up to Senior Manager, she decided she did not want the partner track and took a break from her professional career to raise her family.
Channeling her energies into volunteering, Christa started a Motor Moms & Dads Program at Ward Preschool and ran the program, including organizing 40+ volunteers, for two years before passing it on to another parent.
With three kids who have grown up in Northville Schools, Christa has done everything from assisting in the classroom, to chaperoning field trips, to helping with reading programs. She is also active with the Girl Scouts and at her church where she helps run their Vacation Bible School Program.
Now that her kids are at Northville High School, Christa can often be found distributing water to the marching band at football games or timing swim meets on the pool deck. Christa even participated and volunteered in a few Northville Educational Foundation events before formally joining NEF in February 2017 as the Foundation's Assistant. She became Executive Director in October, 2017.
Executive Assistant (email)
A servant-leader for more than two decades, Kelly graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Public Administration and Policy with emphasis in Business Marketing. Kelly’s interest in these diverse and dissimilar areas of study provided early clues that she would successfully apply this unusual pairing of interests to both the greater good of the community and the monetary benefit of businesses competing in the marketplace.
Her first career chapter, at United Way for Southeastern Michigan, provided Kelly with a profound appreciation of educators as she led the Service-Learning Center for Southeast Michigan, working to incorporate meaningful, hands-on service opportunities into curriculum, allowing students to apply classroom theory in their community.
In the corporate realm, Kelly led the global implementation of a business acumen initiative for 18,000 salaried employees of the, then, newly independent Visteon Corporation. After successful implementation of that program, Kelly went to work at the CBS Corporation in the Detroit radio division (now Entercom), where, for nearly a decade she created customized communications strategies for primarily mission-driven organizations, non-profits, and small business clients.
Since founding Graceful Communications in 2009, Kelly has been most active leading Michigan's Money Smart Week financial literacy campaign with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and wearing numerous hats at Moraine Elementary School, as well as 4-H, Girl Scouts, NPS, and church.
Kelly enthusiastically joined the NEF team in December, 2017.