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Becky Ewing
Executive Director

Becky steers the ship for both Rotary Charities and Rotary Camps & Services.
bewing@rotarycharities.org

Becky supported grantees, grant seekers and staff as Program Officer and then Associate Director of our organization for a decade. She has stepped up to lead us in a new direction toward social change, and is excited about building a culture of learning inside the organization and in the community. Prior to joining Rotary Charities, Becky developed partnerships and programs for the Great Lakes Water Studies Institute at Northwestern Michigan College. In addition, she worked with the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce on smart growth issues. Before that time, Becky co-owned an environmental consuting firm for 15 years. Becky has lived in Traverse City for 50 years, served on nonprofit boards and worked as a community volunteer. Her degrees include a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Literature, both from Grand Valley State University.

What keeps you grounded in times of change?

My morning meditation ritual, reading, running and watching the next generation rise to the challenge of taking care of our earth and one another. Their leadership and passion give me hope. Special shout out to our kids - they are all in helping professions and making a difference in the world.  

Freya Bradford
Director of Systems Change & Learning

Freya strategizes to put our region on the leading-edge of changemaking.
fbradford@rotarycharities.org

Freya Bradford has been a part of the NorthSky and Rotary family for over 11 years. She grew up in Traverse City and spent many years in the Lansing area for undergraduate and graduate study at Michigan State University. She started her career in public health research and evaluation in juvenile justice, partner violence, and Native American Tribal justice systems. She returned to Leelanau County in 2004 and worked for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians to develop and evaluate services for Tribal members. Most recently, Freya has helped to lead our evolution to an upstream strategy that supports systems change to address the root causes of our most complex community problems. 

What keeps you grounded in times of change?

Going into the woods. Finding new trails and new vantage points always helps me to do the same off-the-trail too. It is so easy to notice balance and harmony in nature. It renews my hope for our human systems and human problems too.

Stacey Foster
Office Manager

Stacey has been keeping us organized for 29 years.
sfoster@rotarycharities.org

Stacey joined our organization in 1990. Her historical knowledge of each organization in the Traverse City Rotary family is unparalleled. She manages our accounting and supports our boards and committees.

What keeps you grounded in times of change?

My horses, and being able to escape to that different environment and routine.

Tori Craig
Strategic Communications Manager

Tori harvests stories from changemakers to capture our region’s evolution.
tcraig@rotarycharities.org

Tori loves food and forests so northern Michigan felt like home pretty quickly. She has 6 years of experience in nonprofit program management for food justice organizations. Her work growing, preparing, and sharing food alongside those most often left behind by the food system inspired her to advocate for systems change. She came to the area in 2017 to support the groundbreaking food policy work done by Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. Tori earned a B.A. in Psychology and French, and is fascinated by the power of language and storytelling to change minds and shift society. She manages our communications strategy to shine a light on changemaking work in our five-county area and hopes to inspire new actions for change.

What keeps you grounded in times of change?

Working in the soil and in the kitchen. Listening to my mom's stories.

Colleen Masterson-Bzdok
Director of Capacity Building & Operations

Colleen builds capacity for our team and our community.
cmasterson@rotarycharities.org

Colleen began her career as a research scientist and progressed into leadership roles in education and nonprofit management.  She has over 15 years of experience working with area nonprofits as a staff member, board member, volunteer and consultant. Her work at Inland Seas Education Association, NMC, CMU and the Grand Traverse Conservation District all focused on creating meaningful learning experiences and community connections, preparing her well for her work with Rotary Charities. Colleen now coordinates professional development opportunities for nonprofit and cross-sector leaders and helps build capacity of changemakers and staff to work better together. She has an interest in time management and productivity, striving to develop efficient and effective internal systems to support our capacity building and grantmaking services.

What keeps you grounded in times of change?

My family, always. I grew up on a farm in Ontario, where our lives depended on a deep connection with community and the natural world. Being with my Canadian family and sharing their values with my little ones here in Michigan helps me remember what is most important in this world.

Sakura Takano
Director of Community Assets & Impact Investing

Sakura directs resources toward needed projects in our region.
stakano@rotarycharities.org

Sakura Takano is a community development advisor and was most recently the Director of Housing at Goodwill Northern Michigan. She brings experience in working with local community-based initiatives to optimize federal, state and local resources to develop and implement innovative workforce and housing solutions in Traverse City. Sakura believes in a holistic, open-listening approach to creating positive community change and brings non-conventional minds together to create data-driven solutions to fruition. She is an active Rotarian, member of the club board and chairs the Youth Services committees. She also serves on the loan committee for Venture North, and the Traverse Area Association of Realtors board of directors. Sakura holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and Economics from Boston College, and an MBA in Social Enterprise from Columbia Business School. She spends her free time enjoying the splendors of Northern Michigan with her amazing kids Amina and Eiji.


Our Board

Jeff Hickman
Board Chair

HomeBanc,
Commercial Loan Officer

Marlene Bevan
Vice Chair

Audicare Hearing Centers,
Director

Mark Eckhoff
Treasurer

Three West,
Senior Associate and Realtor

Sid Lammers

Trend Window & Design Center, Owner
Gallagher Farm Market, Owner

John Hall

Hall Peridontics, Peridontist

Allison Beers

Events North, Owner
 

 

Benjamin Marentette

City of Traverse City, Clerk

Trevor Tkach

Traverse City Tourism, President/CEO

Greg Luyt

Bowerman, Bowden, Ford, Clulo & Luyt,
Shareholder and Director