Lisa Cripps-Downey is the President of BCF and 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 provides grant administration services to the Upton Foundation. 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. Lisa 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, St. Joseph Public Schools, and a theater, robotics and choir mom. Lisa focuses on fund development, donor services, community leadership, finance/investments, and media relations.
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Susan Matheny is the Program Manager for BCF. Susan has worked on both sides of the grant process, having been a grant writer for non-profit organizations and she is happy to help local non-profits with the grant application process. Starting in 2010, she was the Annual Campaign Manager for United Way of Southwest Michigan, working closely with corporate campaigns. She has also lent her experience in grant writing, fundraising and non-profit administration to several organizations, including acting as the interim Executive Director for Childrens Music Workshop. Prior to that, she was the national sales and marketing manager for EProcess Solutions in Chicago and an active member in the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce. She holds a B.S. from Siena Heights University. Many people also know Susan from her work directing local youth and adult theater and directing for the Lake Michigan College Theater Department. Susan's many responsibilities at the Foundation include the administration of grants and scholarships, and serving as the T.E.A.M. Director.
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269-983-3304 ext. 2
Morgan Callahan was hired by the Foundation in August of 2019, and assumed the responsibilities of the Finance Director. Morgan began her professional career in public accounting, working for Gerbel & Company, P.C. Following the launch of her career, she spent the next twelve years continuing to develop and articulate her financial and analytical skills by serving in various roles in the Finance Department at Lake Michigan College as the Assistant Director of Finance. Morgan is also an active member of the community. She is currently the Director of Cheer for Lakeshore Rocket Football, a Girl Scout leader, and volunteers at her children's school. Morgan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grand Valley State University, as well as a Master's in Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University.
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269-983-3304 ext. 3
Maureen Lindenberg-Bradford is the Special Projects Coordinator at the Foundation. She is a life-long resident of southwest Michigan and a graduate of Western Michigan University with a degree in Music Education and Theatre. Prior to joining BCF, Maureen was a music teacher for Benton Harbor Area Schools and Countryside Charter School, and was a Teaching Artist for the Neighborhood Bridges Program in both the Benton Harbor and Bridgman Community Schools. She is an active volunteer for the St. Joseph High School FIRST Robotics team and band program as well as Twin City Players and Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph.
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269-983-3304 ext. 4
Kelly Gampel joined the Foundation’s team as the Communications Associate in November 2020. After earning her degree in journalism from Cornerstone University, Kelly worked in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist and reporter before moving into the communications department of a Southeast Michigan college. Her career has been spent connecting with people and learning the inner workings of communities and organizations to properly communicate their stories. As a Bridgman native, she is excited to be close to family and Lake Michigan again after spending about a decade calling other Michigan cities - and even Upstate New York - "home." A few of her favorite things in life lately have been beach glass hunting, pottery, photographing nature and hitting the trails.
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269-983-3304 ext. 6
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 Directors, T.E.A.M. members, and committee members.