• Nicholas Ceglarek, Ed.D., Northwest Education Services (Education Chair)
  • Seth Johnson, United Way of Northwest Michigan (Business Chair)

Executive Team

  • Yvonne Donohoe-McCool,  Ed.D., Northwest Education Services
  • Kristin Witt, Great Start to Quality Northwest Resource Center
  • Robin Hornkohl, Great Start Coordinator
  • David Mengebier, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
  • Shannon Phelps, Northwest MI Community Action Agency
  • Missy Smith, Family Liaison of the Great Start Collaborative
  • Lauren Dake, Family Liaison of the Great Start Collaborative
  • Brigid Wilson, Munson Medical Center Child Development Program

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
  • Birch Street Elementary School/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Borealis Strategic
  • Buckley Community Schools GSRP Program/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Centra Wellness
  • Commongrounds
  • Consumers Energy
  • COGNiTion Science & Discovery Center
  • Cunningham-Limp Development Company
  • District 10 Health Department
  • Early Childhood Investment Corporation
  • Elk Rapids School District
  • Grand Traverse Baby Pantry
  • Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians/Benodjenh Center
  • Grand Traverse Bay YMCA
  • Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools
  • 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
  • Great Start to Quality NW Resource Center
  • Grow Benzie/5toONE Neighborhood Center
  • Health Department of Northwest Michigan
  • Healthy Futures
  • IFF
  • 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
  • Networks Northwest
  • NorthSky NonProfit
  • Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency/Head Start, Early Head Start
  • Northwest Education Services
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Parenting Communities
  • Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital
  • PNC Bank
  • PoWeR Bookbags
  • Rotary Charities of Traverse City
  • Sunrise Rotary of Traverse City/Born to Read
  • The Children’s House
  • The Honorable Nancy Kida, retired
  • Traverse Area Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic
  • Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center
  • 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

Member Profile & MOU

Membership in the Great Start Collaborative is extended to all agencies, organizations, businesses and individuals who share our common mission of ensuring that every young child in our region is healthy, thriving, and eager to learn.

2019 – 2020 GSC Member Profile & MOU