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Meet Our Staff

Lisa Cripps-Downey, President, leads our team of professional staff members who carry out activities on behalf of our communities to achieve the Foundation's mission to enhance the quality of life and build a spirit of community in Berrien County. She brings 20+ years of experience in various positions at nonprofit and for profit organizations. She was the Executive Director of the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, having been in that position since 2003. The Berrien Community Foundation will provide grant administration services to the Upton Foundation beginning in September. Starting in 2005 she was the Director of Business Innovation for the United Way of Southwest Michigan and part of its senior leadership team. From 1999-2001 she was the Berrien Community Foundation’s Program Director. Prior to that she was a Business Strategist with Marketing Partners for four years. Cripps-Downey holds a BA in Communication and Political Science, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Michigan. She is active as a volunteer with the Twin City Players, Girls on the Run, St. Joseph Public Schools, and a soccer, softball, theater, robotics and band mom for her two active kids. Lisa focuses on fund development, donor services, community leadership, finance/investments, and media relations. She is also responsible for overall operations and supervises the grant/scholarship/TEAM areas. Email Lisa at:



Sandra Tardi, CPA, was appointed Finance/Program Director in May 2013. She has a B.A. degree in Psychology and an Illinois CPA certification. She has 28 years experience in various positions (e.g., senior accountant) in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors with past work with C & C Power, the Salvation Army, and the National Catholic Society of Foresters, among others. Sandy has several responsibilities in the Foundation's finance, grant, and scholarship areas. Email Sandy at:

 She is phone extension 3.





Susan Matheny, is the Program/Scholarship Officer. She holds a B.A. from Sienna Heights University. Susan has worked on both sides of the grant process having been a grant writer for non-profit organizations and now is happy to help local non-profits with the grant application process. Many people also know Susan from her work in the theater through Children's Music Workshop and Twin City Players. Email Susan at:

She is phone extension 4.






Adrienne Glisson is our part-time Finance/Program Assistant. She joined the Foundation on July 2, 2013 and has experience in property management and as an administrative assistant. She is the TEAM Coordinator for our youth advisory committee, along with other responsibilities. Email Adrienne at:

She is phone extenstion 2.






We believe our donors, volunteers, grantees, and community partners will greatly appreciate this configuration of our team. The Foundation also relies heavily on about 300 volunteers who serve as Board Trustees, Members, TEAM members, and committees members.