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

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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 Schools

    Previous Launch Manistee Coordinator, 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.

  • 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 Program Officer – Youth & Education, 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