(Left to Right) Kassia Perpich, Valerie Wilson, David Jones, Sarah Ford, Laurissa Wendland Photo courtesy of Stephanie Baker Photography










David ‘DJ’ Jones, Executive Director

David Jones “DJ” has been with the Community Foundation since 2000. He was the Program Officer from 2000 to 2009 and has been the Executive Director since June 2009.

DJ has a BA degree in International Studies from the University of South Carolina and in 2007 he received his MBA from Lawrence Technological University through the University Center at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey. He is a member and past-president of the Kiwanis Club of Petoskey. In 2001, he completed the Leadership Little Traverse program and now serves on the LLT steering committee. DJ lives in Petoskey with his wife, Patricia “T”, and their two daughters.

Laurissa Wendland, Finance and Operations Officer

Laurie joined the Community Foundation in 1996 as a part-time administrative assistant.  Currently she serves as the full-time Financial and Operations Officer. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Alma College.

Sarah Ford, Community & Donor Engagement Officer

Sarah joined the Community Foundation in 2016. Sarah brings more than 10 years experience working with nonprofit membership organizations. Sarah has a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from Montana State University and a Master’s of Public Administration – Nonprofit Leadership from Western Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Little Traverse Class of 2016. In her free time, you’ll find Sarah enjoying all that northern Michigan has to offer with her husband and two children. Sarah lives in Harbor Springs. 

Kassia Perpich, Community & Donor Engagement Officer

Kassia joined the Community Foundation in 2016. She is an experienced philanthropy professional, having worked with foundations in Boston and Chicago before joining our staff and returning to her northern Michigan roots. Kassia holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Administration from Indiana University. Locally, she also completed Leadership Little Traverse and Petoskey Citizens Academy in 2017. Kassia is active with the Noon Rotary Club of Petoskey, where she currently serves on its Board of Directors.

Valerie Wilson, Administrative Officer

Valerie Wilson joined the Community Foundation in December 2012. With a background in PR, Marketing and Project Management, she moved from Ann Arbor to join the staff, although she is not new to the area, having spent many weekends here. Valerie is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English literature and is a graduate of the Leadership Little Traverse program, Class of 2014.