• Douglas DeYoung, Consumers Energy (Business Chair)
  • Jann Jencka, Ed.D., Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (Education Chair)

Executive Team

  • Kerry Baughman, Northwest MI Community Action Agency
  • Nicholas Ceglarek, Ed.D., Traverse Bay Area ISD
  • Douglas DeYoung, Consumers Energy
  • Yvonne Donohoe-McCool,  Ed.D., Traverse Bay Area ISD
  • Candice Hamel, Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center
  • Betsy Hardy, BSN, RN Healthy Futures/Munson Medical Center
  • Jann Jencka, Ed.D. Traverse Bay Area ISD
  • Kristine Lagios, MI Department of Health & Human Services
  • Mary Manner, Great Start Coordinator/5toONE
  • Dawn McLaughlin, Northern Lakes Community Mental Health
  • David Mengebier, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
  • Missy Smith, Great Start Parent Liaison
  • Sherwood Smith, Avenue ISR
  • Tonya Schroka, Parent Representative

Members & Partners

  • Avenue ISR
  • Benzie County Human Services Collaborative
  • Benzie/Manistee Department of Health & Human Services
  • Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department
  • Betsie Valley Elementary School/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Buckley Community Schools GSRP Program/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Centra Wellness
  • Consumers Energy
  • COGNiTion Science & Discovery Center
  • District 10 Health Department
  • DTE Energy
  • Elk Rapids School District
  • Grand Traverse Baby Pantry
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians/Benodjenh Center
  • Grand Traverse Bay YMCA
  • Grand Traverse County Health Department
  • Grand Traverse/Leelanau/Kalkaska Department of Human Services
  • Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Grow Benzie/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Health Department of Northwest Michigan
  • Healthy Futures
  • Incredible Mo’s/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Interlochen Public Library/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • James Rowlett, community member
  • Kalkaska County Collaborative
  • Kalkaska County Library/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Lake Ann United Methodist Church/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Leelanau Children’s Center
  • Leelanau County Family Coordinating Council
  • Leelanau Early Childhood Development Commission
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • Munson Health Care
  • NorthSky NonProfit
  • Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency/Head Start, Early Head Start
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Parenting Communities
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • Peninsula Community Library/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • PNC Bank
  • PoWeR Bookbags
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • The Children’s House
  • The Honorable Nancy Kida, retired
  • Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic
  • Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
  • Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Traverse City Area Public Schools
  • TraverseCONNECT
  • United Way of Northwest Michigan
  • Venture North Funding & Development

And Parents Residing in:

  • Antrim County
  • Benzie County
  • Grand Traverse County
  • Kalkaska County
  • Leelanau County


  • Cherry Capital Foods
  • Grand Traverse League of Women Voters
  • Leelanau League of Women Voters
  • Twilight Rotary of Traverse City/Born to Read

Membership Form

Membership in the Great Start Collaborative is extended to all agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals who share our common mission of ensuring that every child arrives at the door to kindergarten healthy, safe and eager to learn.

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