Welcome Melissa!

Melissa Kesterson has been hired as the Program Officer for the community foundation. She will be responsible for managing the foundation’s grantmaking process as well as several community projects.

“We are excited to welcome Melissa to the organization,” said MACF President & CEO Sharon Mortensen. “She led a nonprofit in the Ann Arbor area for eight years, so that experience is beneficial as she assists other nonprofit leaders through the grant application process.”

Kesterson graduated from Southern Illinois University and worked in the broadcast industry for several years before relocating to Europe with her family. Returning to the US, she re-directed her career with a focus on literacy, access to healthy foods and community development. She is a Master Gardener and spearheaded the creation of the community garden located at the Greater Midland Community Center, where she serves as the garden’s program director.

“I’m happy to accept this new role with such an outstanding organization,” said Kesterson. “The community foundation has a footprint on so many great projects in Midland. I look forward to being a part of that and working closely with our nonprofits on projects that benefit everyone.”

Kesterson lives with her husband Sean who works as a physician and medical director at MidMichigan Health. They have a son in college pursuing a career in public health policy.