Board Profile

“I Believe in Highfields”

                Being a member of the Highfields’ Board of Directors is more than just attending meetings. For Erika Fussman, it is a completely new experience. As she begins her second term, she approaches her role with a sense of duty.                  “It’s an honor to serve on the

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“I see myself in these kids.”

   Chris Simpson lost his way a few times growing up. As a child he tended to get into trouble and hang around bad influences. After high school he didn’t know what direction to go in and didn’t have a father figure to guide him.    He enlisted in the United States Army and it changed

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Chairperson Says This is the “New Era” of Highfields

   Sara Bennett is welcoming the fresh changes at Highfields. Over her past 5 years on the board, she has watched Highfields grow and provide the best care possible to individuals in the community.    “Highfields really does make a difference," she said. "It changes people’s lives.  When all the odds are stacked against people, it’s easy

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Board Member Helps Build Strong Communities

   Jim Hunsanger has always been deeply involved in the Lansing community. He attended graduate school at Michigan State University where he completed the Executive MBA Program. He began working in Lansing at the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union in 2011.    He first heard about Highfields as an organization that did a lot

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Board Profile: Michael Foster

   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

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Board Profile: Kristin Bartley

   When Kristin Bartley heard Highfields was looking for new board members, she was intrigued. She knew of Highfields, but didn’t know much. So, she set up a lunch meeting with CEO and President, Brian Philson. When she heard what Brian had to say, she was hooked.    "He explained what Highfields did and why he was

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Board Profile: Jeff Klug

   Growing up, Jeff Klug always knew he wanted to be a lawyer.  He felt this was one way that  he could help people and business in the community.    In 2008, that’s what he did – he became an associate at Klug Law Firm, where he helps people and their businesses with legal problems. 

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Board Profile: Anethia Brewer

   As a teenager, Anethia Brewer was fascinated with the Kennedys, politics, and with how organizations formed. She decided early on that she wanted to go into public administration.    In college, another interest developed: helping kids. She began working at youth camps during her summer breaks. When she completed her master’s degree in organizational

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