Community Action of Allegan County will serve, advocate, and engage individuals, families and communities to overcome the effects of poverty and encourage self-reliance.
Collaboration, Continuous Improvement, Quality Service, Stewardship, Hope, Dignity
Goal 1: Empowerment through solutions that advance healthier communities and economic opportunity.
Goal 2: Operations and infrastructure enhance efficiency & effectiveness.
Goal 3: Organizational Transformation into a unified, agile team known for leadership, innovation, and accountability.
Goal 4: Promotion, advocacy, and encouragement of all community members’ involvement in building opportunities.
Goal 5: Increased organizational support including funds, time, expertise, partnerships, and endorsements.
CAAC has a tripartite board structure that is designated to promote the participation of the entire community in the reduction or elimination of poverty and consists of: Elected public officials Private sector representatives Low-income residents
CHAIR - PUBLIC - GUNPLAIN TOWNSHIP,
CLIENT - COMMUNITY SERVICE
CLIENT - EARLY EDUCATION
Maryanne (Mimi) Gabriel
PRIVATE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
PRIVATE – PERRIGO, PROCUREMENT DATA
AND SC MANAGER
VICE CHAIR, PUBLIC - BOARD OF
PRIVATE - BARAGA MANOR
James A. Pitsch
PUBLIC - SALEM TOWNSHIP
COUNTY - BOARD OF
CLIENT – HEAD START POLICY
Lovedia J Stap
TREASURER - PRIVATE- CHEMICAL BANK,
AVP BRANCH MANAGER
PRIVATE - AAESA, EARLY
CLIENT - RETIRED UNITED METHODIST
PUBLIC - LEE TOWNSHIP
OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM
Lisa Evans joined Community Action of Allegan County, as Executive Director in October 2013 with over 22 years’ experience in non-profit and public service administration. Lisa has specific expertise in the areas of strategic planning, political and nonprofit fund development, community relations, and event management.
Prior to joining Community Action, Lisa was the Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan from 2007 to 2012. Other positions include Owner and Managing Partner of Fletcher Evans & Associates, LLC specializing in political and nonprofit fundraising, Finance Director for the Michigan House Republican Campaign Committee, State Coordinator for the National Council of State Governments, Chairperson of the Michigan Youth & Government Public Relations Committee, member of the Michigan American Red Cross Government Relations and State Communication Committees and Executive Director of the Gratiot County American Red Cross in Alma, Michigan.
Lisa serves on the Executive Committee of the Allegan County Multi-Area Collaborative Council, the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Advocacy Committee, and is a member of Legislative Committee of the Michigan Community Action Association.
CHIEF FINANCIAL & OPERATING OFFICER
Brenda Molendyk serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Community Action of Allegan County. Brenda brings more than twenty years of experience in both the private and public sectors.
Brenda spent 11 years serving as an Accountant and Finance Director in Ottawa County’s Fiscal Services Department working with Community Mental Health, MI Works! and Community Action Agency.
Brenda is also dedicated to the growth and advancement of community agencies in West Michigan. She holds double degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.
Brenda is also active with organizations dedicated to the continuing education of the accounting and finance professions and brings with her an experienced knowledge of the profession.
DIRECTOR OF EARLY EDUCATION SERVICES
Sarah has been the Director of the Head Start Program for Community Action for over ten years. She is a seasoned director working with the local community and families. Sarah has worked in several capacities since graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies.
Sarah started her Head Start career as an Education / Disabilities Specialist at FiveCAP, Inc. After spending 4 years learning about programs, a position to relocate afforded Sarah the opportunity to move to Southwest Michigan She began her Head Start career with Kalamazoo County.
Sarah began as a Center Supervisor and transitioned into the Assistant Head Start Director role, before working her way up as the Director of Head Start for Allegan County’s Community Action Agency, formerly known as ACRDC.