The Community Foundation recently welcomed Denise Suttles and Christopher Wren to its Board of Trustees.

Suttles has long been active in northern Newaygo County and Lake County. She most recently served as executive director of Lake County Habitat for Humanity and has experience working with local youth programs and church ministries. She previously worked for the Newaygo County Commission on Aging and served on our board for five years beginning in 2014.

“I have lived here for 25 years and love the environment and living in a small community,” said Suttles. “During my time here, I’ve been able to give back through service, which is really important to me. I wanted to serve on the board to broaden my perspective and learn from such a wonderful group of people. Serving on the board gives me the opportunity to learn and serve in all areas.”

Wren is the county administrator for Newaygo County, a position he has held since 2016. His career has been focused on public service, previously working as a city manager in Genesee County. He has also been active in local service organizations and youth programs and has served as chair of Newaygo County United Way.

“My wife and I found our place in Newaygo County,” said Wren. “It is a great place to raise a family. Serving on the board gives me the opportunity to be transformational in the success of Newaygo County. Our communities here are moving in the right direction and I want to be part of that.”

Suttles and Wren were elected to the board to fill positions left by Randy McDonald and Roland Reed, who each concluded their board service in 2023.