Launch Manistee’s Organizational Chart includes the Launch Manistee Leadership Team, which has set the common agenda and goals and vision for Launch, the Launch Manistee Anchor Entity – the Manistee County Community Foundation, the Program Coordinator, and three Action Teams who are collaboratively engaged in projects to promote these goals.

Launch Manistee Organizational Chart

View the 2016-16 Annual Report


Leadership Team

The Launch Manistee Leadership team is comprised of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Alliance for Economic Success
  • Baker College of Cadillac
  • Bear Lake SchoolsLaunchManistee-post-treebranch
  • CASMAN Academy
  • FiveCAP, Inc.
  • Kaleva Norman Dickson Schools
  • Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
  • Little River Casino Resort
  • Manistee Area Public Schools
  • Manistee Catholic Central Schools
  • Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Manistee County Community Foundation
  • Manistee County Government
  • Manistee County Department of  Health and Human Services
  • Manistee Great Start Collaboration
  • Manistee Intermediate School District;
  • Onekama Consolidated Schools
  • Staircase Youth Services
  • United Way of Manistee County;
  • West Shore Community College
  • Youth Advisory Council for the Manistee County Community Foundation.

The Leadership team of Launch Manistee was formed as a cross-sector  of leaders from key organizations engaged with the issue, i.e. to support the success of students from early childhood through adulthood and ultimately the economic prosperity of Manistee County.

The Purpose of the Leadership team is to:

  • Mobilize and catalyze the entire initiative
  • Create the common agenda
  • Set the strategic action framework
  • Monitor progress, provide oversight, and recalibrate as needed
  • Sustain the network
  • Promote the network and build credibility

Launch Manistee Anchor Entity

Launch Manistee’s Anchor Entity is the Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF).  Headed by it’s Executive Director, Laura Heintzelman, MCCF provides fiscal and administrative management for Launch Manistee.  An integral component of the Leadership Team, MCCF also supports strategic planning,network development and sustainability, fund development, and communication strategies to promote the vision and goals of Launch Manistee.

Program Coordinator

Mary Ann Behm is the Program Coordinator for Launch Manistee, an initiative backed by organizations throughout the Manistee County area to support the success of children, students and the economic well-being of the County. 

Ms. Behm began her position on June 16, 2014, and her office is located at 395 Third Street in Manistee, a building that houses Launch Manistee partnering organizations the Alliance for Economic Success, Manistee County Community Foundation and Manistee Great Start Collaborative. 

As Program Coordinator Ms. Behm will lead the development of a strategic plan for Launch Manistee to further two bold goals:

  • By 2020, all 3 and 4 year old children in Manistee County will have access to a quality preschool experience regardless of ability to pay.
  • By 2025, 60% of Manistee County residents ages 25-64 will have earned a post-secondary degree or high-quality credential.


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 Mary Ann Behm with Brandy Johnson, Executive Director of the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) accepting the Flagship Award on behalf of Launch Manistee, March 8, 2016


Ms. Behm brings over 20 years of experience working to improve the lives of children including a decade spent in various roles within the Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District (TBAISD) as a school social worker, special education site leader and later special education service area director.  In 2011 she began a new role as child welfare director for Child & Family Services of Northwest Michigan, a regional nonprofit dedicated to helping strengthen and nurture children and their families.  She has been employed as the Program Coordinator at Launch Manistee since June 2014.



For more information or to get involved contact:

Mary Ann Behm, Program Coordinator

231-723-1486 | 395 Third Street | Manistee, MI 49660

Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program Coordinator

In May 2016, Launch Manistee began a Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program whose mission is to provide the financial, academic, and social support for students to achieve postsecondary success. Read more regarding the program here. 

The position of Program Coordinator is held by Hannah Rodriguez. Hannah began working with the program on Monday, August 7, 2017. Hannah has a Master of Social Work from MSU and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. She  has worked for the past 3 years as the Community Advocate/Prevention Coordinator at the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center in Traverse City and also has past experience with Community and Economic development. She has led and coordinated numerous trainings and education programs. She also has done past research directly tied to student’s post-secondary aspirations and spoke about that topic at the state-wide Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference.

Hannah is a fourth generation resident of northern Michigan with a deep connection to the region. She has a passion for education and believes strongly in providing students the concrete and social support necessary to be successful in school and beyond.


For more information or to get involved with the Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program contact:

Hannah Rodriguez, Program Coordinator

231-723-1486 | 395 Third Street | Manistee, MI  49660

Launch Manistee Program Assistant

In April 2017, Launch Manistee added a Program Assistant to the Launch staff.  The Launch Manistee Program Assistant works collaboratively with the Launch Manistee Program Coordinator to support the goals of Launch Manistee by providing the necessary support to enable Launch Manistee to achieve the greatest impact possible.

Beth Urban began as the part-time Program Assistant on April 17, 2017. She brings a wealth of experience as an administrative professional within both the educational and legal environments, including the Port Edwards School District and the Schmidt & Grace Law Office. Beth brings expertise in the areas of communication, use of technology, and general administrative support. She also has volunteered and participated in numerous events in the Manistee County area.

Beth Urban, Program Assistant

231-723-1486 | 395 Third Street | Manistee, MI  49660

Launch Manistee AmeriCorps/VISTA member

In August, 2017 Launch Manistee and the Manistee County Community Foundation were fortunate to add an AmeriCorps/VISTA member to the Launch Manistee staff. In partnership with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) and the Rural Opportunity VISTA Program, Haley Doyle began her tenure as a valuable member of the Launch Manistee staff.

Haley is a graduate of Manistee Catholic Central and is currently completing her last semester pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Central Michigan University where she is majoring in child development. She recently completed an internship in the summer of 2017 at the Youth Program of the Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington; prior to that she had experience in leadership roles and working in afterschool programming for adolescents.

Haley is looking forward to the opportunity to gain a broad range of knowledge about community resources from early childhood through postsecondary education. The AmeriCorps/VISTA position will also give her the opportunity to give back to her hometown community.

Haley Doyle, AmeriCorps/VISTA member

231-723-1486 | 395 Third Street | Manistee, MI  49660