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.
Kelli Smith, Business Development Specialist
Kelli comes to us from the Ludington area where she owned and operated her own business successfully for more than a decade. She has over 20 years of experience in business operations and client services as well as cost control strategies and finance. Kelli has been a long time advisor for youth services, coordinating internships and mentoring both high school and college students. Her commitment to community development has led her to serve on the board of directors at Safe Harbor Credit Union, West Shore Community College and Memorial Medical Center Benefit Committee.
As an experienced entrepreneur, Kelli’s focus at GROW is to provide business services for loan clients. She works closely with each client to cultivate relationships and ensure their current and future business success as well as assisting them through the microloan process.
Kristin Revere, Volunteer/Events Marketing Coordinator
Kristin Revere brings more than 20 years’ experience in sales and fundraising, event planning, and marketing to the GROW team. She also is a proud small business owner. She served as a Vice President of Vanguard Public Affairs for two years, worked in advertising sales, fundraising consulting, and in politics.
Kristin earned a bachelor of Science in journalism from Central Michigan University and a Master of Management with a concentration in marketing from Aquinas College. She also completed the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) fellowship at Michigan State University, the country’s most respected bi-partisan political training program.
Kristin’s small business was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal as a Top Women Owned Business in 2017. In 2016, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan. She has been a four-time recipient of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Top 40 Under Forty award, and was an Athena Young Professional finalist through the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce in 2010-12.
Kristin’s Focus is to engage volunteers and donors in the work of GROW. She joined the organization in 2017.
Jessica Hertenstein, Program 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.
Keasha Jones, Administrative Assistant
Keasha is new to GROW, but familiar with working hard to build a better community. With an upbeat personality and smile, she looks forward to helping those that come through the door. She is continuing her education by working towards a Social Work degree and criminal justice minor with a concentration in gerontology. Keasha has collaborated with many communities to help them help themselves. She is an advocate in the youth and geriatric communities. She is knowledgeable of many community agencies and their efforts and takes pride in bridging community members with able agencies. Working with Grow, she plans to obtain as much knowledge from the agency and utilize her skills to become a well-rounded GROW employee.