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.
The Launch Manistee Leadership team is comprised of representatives from the following organizations:
- Alliance for Economic Success
- Baker College of Cadillac
- Bear Lake Schools
- 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.
Launch Manistee Coordinator
As of August 1st, 2018, Hannah Rodriguez serves in the role of 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.
Hannah began working with Launch Manistee’s associated, Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program in August of 2017 and spent a year as the Coordinator of that program as well as serving as a member of the Launch Manistee Leadership Team, Post-Secondary and Retention and Persistance Action Teams, and assisting with all other Launch Manistee initiatives. In July of 2018, it was announced that Launch Manistee’s previous Coordinator, Mary Ann Behm, would be stepping down and that Hannah would be taking on the role.
Hannah has a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan. Hannah has previous experience in program development, community engagement, and advocacy and has previously worked with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center, the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan, and Washtenaw Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative. She has led and coordinated numerous trainings and education programs and has designed and implemented original research tied to the post-secondary aspirations of young people in rural communities and its impact on community and economic development. She had the privilege of sharing this research at the “Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference” in 2013.
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.
As Launch Manistee Coordinator Hannah 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.
For information or to get involved contact:
Hannah M. Rodriguez, Launch Manistee Coordinator
231-723-1486 | 395 Third Street | Manistee, MI 49660
Program Associate for Youth & Education
In September of 2018, the Launch Manistee Network and Manistee County Community Foundation team welcomed Kate Thomson as the Program Associate for Youth & Education. Kate joins the staff after many years serving as a middle and high school science teacher, as well as using her master’s degree in school counseling.
Kate’s primary work will center around providing personal advising, mentoring, support and programming for Manistee County’s junior, sophomore and freshmen students participating in the Manistee Commitment Scholarship Program and providing adult leadership and planning for the Manistee County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council program.
Additionally, Kate will be assisting Hannah Rodriguez, Launch Manistee’s Coordinator, to strengthen and execute Launch Manistee’s post-secondary education and career readiness goals, working with post-secondary stakeholders and high school students as they prepare and plan for their post-secondary journey.
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 in April, 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