After over 15 years with the Community Foundation, Mary Crisman recently announced that she will retire in early July.

Crisman, a lifelong Newaygo County resident, started with the Community Foundation in the program department before moving up to executive assistant and office manager.

“I was born and raised in Newaygo County, so I was interested in working here because I knew what great things they did for the community,” said Crisman.

Most recently, as the administrative services director, she was a member of the Community Foundation’s leadership team and was responsible for managing the office, building, and grounds. In 2014 she oversaw the Community Foundation’s office renovation, including the temporary relocation of all staff and equipment.

Crisman says that she is grateful for the opportunity her work has given her to learn even more about the people and resources in Newaygo County.

“My favorite part of working here has been the opportunities it gave me to meet a lot of really great people,” she said.

“Mary has been a vital presence at the Community Foundation for over 15 years,” said Carla Roberts, FACF president and CEO. “She has built strong relationships with board and community members while serving this organization with dedication and humor. She will be sorely missed by our organization. We are grateful for her years of service and wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement!”

In retirement, Crisman is looking forward to camping and fishing with her husband, traveling and visiting family in Florida, and maintaining her pet grooming business.