Meet our Staff

Our Family

Our staff works together to make sure each and every family feels welcome when they walk into our House. Our staff is small but mighty. We take the time to care, listen and welcome every family into our House and make sure their individual needs are being met.

From day-to-day operations and maintenance of our House, to fundraising and coordinating volunteers, our team is committed to making our House a home.

Staff

Carolyn Hurst
Executive Director

Carolyn manages our House and its staff on a day to day basis. She works with the Board of Directors to improve our House and guide operations aligned with the Mission. She works with partners and donors, community outreach, team leadership, oversees successful fundraising events and project management.

Ruth Lumbert
House Manager

Ruth has been involved with our House since it was built. She knows everything there is to know about what our families need and require to get the most out of their stay with us. Ruth covers our office during weekday afternoons and evenings and works directly with guest family referrals and stay requests. Ruth also coordinates and manages our volunteers.

Michelle Weinfeld
Community Outreach Coordinator

Michelle manages event planning alongside our House’s fundraising events committees and Board of Directors. She is the go-to point of contact for more information on all of our events for participants, sponsors, volunteers and vendors. Michelle helps cover our main office and assists our guest families and volunteers with needs they may have during the day.

Amy Smith
Guest Services Assistant

Amy covers our office during weekday mornings. Her primary focus is assisting our guest families, volunteers and visitors with any needs they may have. She and our House Manager work hand-in-hand to provide consistent, high-quality service to our guests all day long. Amy also schedules volunteers and processes guest family referrals/stay requests.

Board

  • Patty Baldwin
  • Darwin Brewster, Sparrow Health System
  • Brandon Bussa, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, Events Chair
  • Sarina Gleason, Michigan State University, Development Co-Chair
  • Jamie Hanson, Jackson National Life
  • Julie Griffith, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Stephen Guertin, MD, Sparrow Health System
  • Joe Irish, Siena Accounting, Treasurer
  • Dan Kreft, Independent Bank, Development Co-Chair
  • Simone Margraf, Portland Public Schools, Human Resources Chair
  • Nick Oertel, Foster Swift, Governance
  • Jason Vanderstelt, Adams Outdoor Advertising
  • Bob VanPoppelen, McDonald’s Owner and Operator
  • Brandon VanPoppelen, McDonald’s Owner and Operator
  • Steve Wickham, General Motors, Board Chair
  • Mary Lou Wesley, Sparrow Health System