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Board of Directors and Leadership

Our Executive Team

Lisa Evans

Executive Director

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 as the Board Chair for Michigan Community Action Association, and is a Board Member of both Community Economic Development Association of Michigan and MSA Extension Region VII and also serves on the Executive Committee of the Allegan County Multi-Area Collaborative Council, and the Co-Chair of the Allegan County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Housing Committee.

Brenda Molendyk

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.

Mardi Noorman

Director of Administration and Facilities

Mardi Noorman, Director of Administration and Facilities, has been with Community Action of Allegan County (CAAC)  since 2015. Her experience and expertise in the non-profit realm is extensive and thorough. Prior to her employment with CAAC she was the driving force and administrative assistant to a non-profit agency she developed and launched with her husband which continues to thrive to this day. Though her role at CAAC continues to change and evolve as the agency experiences new growth opportunities, Mardi has been able to rise to every challenge that presents itself. In the agency’s own words, Mardi is a “can-do” person who prides herself on professionalism and efficiency in each task she undertakes.

In her current role as Director of Administration and Facilities, Mardi manages all the various information technology programs and components that keeps CAAC running smoothly. This includes working closely with all the various outside vendors to ensure everything is run efficiently and effortlessly. In addition, Mardi also oversees and manages all the properties CAAC owns and operates of as well as the marketing and administration functions of the agency. This includes planning, hosting and managing several events throughout the year, keeping in touch with the other members of the directors’ circle to ensure meetings are scheduled and follow-ups happen in a timely fashion, as well as being a liaison with the board of directors.

With Mardi’s expansive expertise in the non-profit realm coupled with her constant connection in multiple different areas within the agency, Mardi has been able to help the agency capitalize on several new and innovative programs and development opportunities for the many funders, partners, clients and staff of CAAC.

With her winning smile, her calm demeanor, and her overwhelming professionalism Mardi is a great asset to the team that makes up Community Action Agency of Allegan County.

Sarah See

Director of Early Education Services

Sarah See has been the Director of Early Education Services at Community Action of Allegan County for over ten years. Sarah brings over 20 years of experience in the Head Start/Early Head Start community having served in several roles and through 6 counties in Michigan. Sarah brings expertise to the position in communication, leadership and operational management techniques.

Prior to joining CAAC, Sarah obtained a bachelor degree in Family Studies from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Career and Technical Education with an emphasis in Leadership from Western Michigan University. Sarah is a life-long learner. She obtained her Family Service Credential, Management Credential, and completed the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bias Buster Credential. Sarah is a champion of change, understanding improvements come through hard work and dedication. Sarah fosters the opportunity of growth within the Early Education Services team through reflective dialogue, ongoing learning, opportunity to implement change, and grow leaders for the future success of CAAC.

Sarah participates on several local, regional and state boards. Sarah participates on the Great Start Collaborative Committee, Michigan Children’s Advocacy Group, Early Childhood Advisory Committee, Talent 2025 Workgroup and is a Michigan Head Start Association Board Member. Sarah chairs the Michigan Head Start Association Governmental Affairs Committee and leads local, state, and national advocacy groups to spread the important message of Early Childhood Education. Annually, Sarah travels to Lansing and Washington D.C. to meet with Legislators on Capital Hill.

Our Board

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

Dean Kapenga


Public – County Board of Commissioners

Nicole Richmond

Vice Chairman

Private – Perrigo, Procurement Data & SC Manager

Linda Burton-Collier


Client – Retired United Methodist Minster

Malisa Gries


Private – Huntington Bank

Ronni Collison

Client – Early Education

Maryanne (Mimi) Gabriel

Private – Retired Executive Director Non-profits

Dawn Lawson

Client – Community Service Program(s)

Stacy Lucas-Southwell

Client – Early Education / Community Service Program(s)

Sharon Martin

Client – Community Service Program(s)

Richard Okoniewski

Private – AAESA, Director/Principal Tech Center

Scott Owen

Public – Lee Township Supervisor

James A. Pitsch

Public – Salem Township Supervisor

Jim Storey

Public – County Board of Commissioners

Michael VandenBerg

Public – Gunplain Township, Supervisor


Private Early Education Seat

Our Policy Council

CAAC has a Policy Council where parents become representatives for their child’s classroom and help our program leadership make decisions. Policy Council consists of parents, community members invested in Early Education and CAAC Board MembersTheir voice is crucial to our program!