Foundation Staff


Tina Travis

In July of 2002, Tina Travis joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation as Executive Director.  She has worked diligently to build the Foundation's reputation of quality governance and community engagement.  Under Mrs. Travis's leadership, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars in programs and organizations making real and permanent change for all who live and work in the Gratiot community. 

Patti Paradise


Patti Paradise joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation as the Administrative Assistant in July of 2005 and is now the Accounting Assistant.


Ashtyn Maniez


Ashtyn Maniez joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation in December 2019 as the Administrative Assistant then began working as the Program Officer in August 2020.  


Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship


The Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship was established in November 2020 by the family of Sally Kaufmann to honor her decades of service to teaching and continue her legacy in foreign language and education.  Señora Kaufmann’s passion for teaching Spanish and Hispanic culture, along with her special gift for connecting with her students and colleagues, made her a beloved educator.

Sally Kaufmann was dedicated to helping students further their education, achieve their goals, and literally explore the world.  She was a loyal confidant to countless students with whom she shared her wisdom and listened to their dreams. It is her family’s hope that the Señora Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship will assist Alma High School and other Gratiot County students pursue their passion in foreign language, travel, and international studies. 

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