• Steve Rawlings, DTE Energy (Business Chair)
  • Michael Hill, Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (Education Chair)

Executive Team

  • Yvonne Donohoe,  Ed.D., TBAISD
  • Phil Ellis, Ph.D., Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
  • Candice Hamel, Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center
  • Betsy Hardy, BSN, RN Healthy Futures/Munson Medical Center
  • Michael Hill, TBAISD
  • Robin Hornkohl, Great Start Parents
  • Kathy Kundrat, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency/Head Start
  • Mary Manner, Great Start Collaborative/Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Rawlings, DTE Energy
  • Ann Tisdale, Parent Representative

Member Agencies, Businesses and Organizations

  • Avenue ISR
  • Benzie County Human Services Collaborative
  • Benzie County District Court
  • Benzie County HSC
  • Benzie Department of Human Services
  • Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department
  • Centra Wellness
  • Children’s Therapy Corner
  • Complete Solutions Inc.
  • Consumers Energy
  • 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
  • Head Start/Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
  • Healthy Futures
  • Kalkaska County Collaborative
  • Leelanau Children’s Center
  • Leelanau County Family Coordinating Council
  • Michigan Land Use Institute
  • Michigan State University Extension
  • Munson Health Care
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • Pine Rest Clinic
  • PNC Bank
  • Rotary Charities
  • The Children’s House
  • The Honorable Nancy Kida, retired
  • Third Level Crisis Intervention Center
  • 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
  • United Way of Northwest Michigan

And Parents Residing in:

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


  • Cherry Capital Foods
  • Grand Traverse League of Women Voters


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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