Bonnie Nawara, CEO
Bonnie ran a successful business for over 20 years, and she also spent six years in the area of non-profit fund development. Bonnie has been with GROW since September 2010. As CEO, Bonnie is responsible for overseeing all GROW operations including community involvement and outreach, business coaching and consulting, programming, funding for microlending and other financial programs, and much more.
Bonnie is also a board member of the Association of Women Business Centers (AWBC). GROW is one of just over 100 Women’s Business Centers in the country, and one of only three in Michigan. She represents GROW throughout the West Michigan community and beyond.
Trevor Sisk, Financial Administrator
Trevor Sisk received his bachelor’s degree in business with a major in operations management in 2006 from Central Michigan University. After a year with URS, a large engineering and construction company, he moved on to become the financial manager of The Community House in Illinois. During his time there, he earned his master’s degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. After four years at The Community House, he and his family moved back to Michigan because his wife received a teaching job in Grand Rapids. He was hired onto the GROW staff as the financial administrator in January 2015.
Mary C. Hartfield, Program Manager / Business Consultant
Mary oversees training and one-on-one counseling to women-owned businesses in West Michigan.
Mary has an extensive background in community involvement, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, and leadership training. Prior to joining GROW, Mary served as director of community and corporate collaborations for a local non-profit. Her expertise in business development is complemented by her own experience as an entrepreneur. She is an experienced professional with over 35 years of work in banking, finance, non-profit administration, and community and economic development.
Elizabeth McEwen, Project Coordinator
Beth comes to GROW with more than a decade of multifaceted non-profit experience in client services, operations, volunteer management, donor relations, community engagement, event planning, marketing, and development. A graduate of GRCC with an extensive background in behavior and learning theory, she is also a dog trainer as well as an artist. Beth is also known as “the glue that holds this organization together.”
Jessica Hertenstein, Administrative Assistant
Jessica is a recent graduate of Cornerstone University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in international business and Spanish. Throughout her college years she was involved in Enactus and the cheer team, studied abroad in both Dubai and Spain, and was president of Ritmos, a Hispanic culture organization. In her free time Jess enjoys crafting along with exploring new cities and is always up for trying unique coffee shops.