Five Join WRCNM Board of Directors

Incoming outgoing board Jan2023
WRCNM incoming and outgoing board members (from top left) Diana Eberhart, Natalie Blake Kasiborski, Brittany McNeil, Shauna Stark, Lindsey Young, Linda Burnham, Kristy Fralick, Ruthann Galbraith and Maggie Kromm.

Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) announces the addition of five board members who are volunteers supporting WRCNM’s mission, values and vision. They assist with donor cultivation and stewardship and help tell WRCNM’s story in the community. Board members provide governance to ensure organizational operations run smoothly and oversight to ensure the availability of resources to advance the agency’s mission.

Diana Eberhart: Diana is a financial advisor at Edward Jones Investments. She believes serving on the WRCNM board is an opportunity to expand her interest and passion in advocating for and protecting women and children in the community who may be experiencing challenging life situations. She looks forward to serving on the board because the support and advocacy provided by WRCNM is close to her heart with very real touchstones to the agency’s daily work. Diana is currently serving on the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce board, as well as on the steering committee for Leadership Little Traverse.

Natalie Blake Kasiborski: Natalie is an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a public health consultant. She previously served as Deputy Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. Her interest in joining WRCNM’s board stems from her career as a social worker which is rooted in social justice and equity principles. Natalie’s expertise as a licensed mental health professional and her background in organizational operations, strategic planning, partnership building and policy/procedure development will be an asset to the board. Her volunteer experiences include serving on the board of the School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan and with Habitat for Humanity, and as a volunteer youth coach with YMCA and Petoskey Parks and Recreation.

Brittany McNeil: Brittany is a former high school English teacher and coach, and current co-owner of Lake Charlevoix Coffee in Boyne City. As a teacher, coach, volunteer and business owner, she has been drawn to supporting women on their journey while creating a community that connects everyone to become stronger and empowered through friendship, mentorship, career/work training and education. Brittany looks forward to working with other board members, utilizing her skills in planning/organizing and keeping sight of the big picture. Brittany said serving on the board is a way to ensure communities and their members thrive.

Shauna Stark: Shauna is a Doctor of Nursing Practice at McLaren Northern Michigan and a pulmonary/critical care nurse practitioner. She is also a professor at University of Michigan-Flint. She volunteers with local nonprofits and internationally at hospitals/clinics in remote areas. Shauna understands the need for women’s services outside of the healthcare setting and believes the community would suffer tremendously without WRCNM’s efforts. She looks forward to bringing a new perspective to the board, assisting with fundraising activities, advocating for women and promoting social justice and equity.

Lindsey Young: Lindsey is an interior designer in the Petoskey area. Her desire to help women and children is one reason she is returning to the WRCNM board after having served two terms from 2014 to 2019. She looks forward to assisting with planning, serving on special committees and helping the agency achieve its goals. Her past experience on the board and knowledge of the agency, along with her creativity and organizational skills will bring great value to the board.

Grateful and Honored | Outgoing Board Members

We thank WRCNM Board of Directors, Linda Burnham, Kristy Fralick, Ruthann Galbraith and Maggie Kromm who are exiting the board. Linda, Kristy and Maggie served two 3-year terms and Ruthann served on the board for one term. They served on a variety of committees, assisted with fundraising and held executive officer positions. Their dedication and valuable donation of time and talent have been priceless, especially during a time when the agency was experiencing unique challenges related to the pandemic.

Linda Burnham, Business Owner
Linda served as secretary on the executive committee and on donor development, governance and chaired the nominating and personnel committees. Linda’s positive impact also included serving on fundraising committees, as well as her involvement in Women Can/Women Do Charlevoix to establish/grow the auction at that event while also volunteering as a table designer.

Kristy Fralick, CPA
Kristy served as treasurer and on the executive committee and on governance, donor development, long range planning and chaired the nominating and finance committees. Kristy’s contributions and expertise in finance-related issues were priceless and greatly needed during the challenging pandemic period.

Ruthann Galbraith, Retired
Ruthann served on long range planning, and chaired the personnel committee. She volunteered to help support fundraising activities and to participate in news articles that further our understanding of issues related to WRCNM’s work. We are grateful for her perspective and voice.

Maggie Kromm, Former Executive Director CAPE Council
Maggie served as vice-president, president and on personnel, governance, donor development, nominating and chaired the long range planning committees. Maggie’s mindful and intentional leadership style was helpful in keeping the agency moving forward, especially as we navigated unchartered territory the past few years.