Michael Foster waited a long time before he could finally serve on Highfields' board. He knew about Highfields his entire life growing up in Jackson, Michigan, and was impressed by the residential services they provided to the community.
In his early years working at Plante Moran, he did the audit for Highfields for several years. During that time he became even more interested in Highfields' services and longed to contribute on the board, but he was unable to join while working on the Highfields audit.
Years later, Michael finally had the opportunity to become a board member. He jumped at the chance to be a part of Highfields.
"I felt like Highfields was doing great things and it was a good opportunity to get back involved with them," he said.
As a father, Michael was especially drawn to Highfields due to the work they provide for families. He was impressed by Highfields' vision of creating bright futures for children, their families, and communities.
"I think the impact it can have on families and young people in the community is very important," he said.
As a board member, Michael said he is continuously learning more about the wide range of services Highfields offers, and the impact it has on the community.
"When we were doing the audit, Residential was a huge part of what Highfields did and what they were known for. Now there are so many other programs we're involved in. Our impact continues to get larger with different programs and geographically as well…it's a bigger footprint."
Michael also serves on the Personnel and Finance committe at Highfields. He enjoys using his talents in finance to contribute to the board. He hopes to see Highfields continue to thrive in the future, and stay true to their mission.
"I want Highfields to continue to thrive financially and service-wise. I think we've got to balance our opportunities in growing with making sure we stay true to our core. We have to stay focused on the core communities that we can impact," he said. "I think if we stay true to that, that's how we'll be successful."