Meet Our Board


Cheryl, Board Chair, is a developer focused on repurposing buildings using "green" practices. After developing LEED Platinum projects in California, she returned to where she grew up and restored the Historic Suttons Bay Stone Schoolhouse. Cheryl spent 20 years in travel technology, and over 10 years in nonprofit fundraising. She recently restored an 1890 lodge near Suttons Bay, to be used as a yoga and executive retreat, named The Lee Point Retreat.


Julie is CEO of Public Sector Consultants, one of the state’s most respected public policy firms. She has led groundbreaking research on electric reliability and capacity, created and managed multimillion-dollar nonprofits and facilitated the governor’s 21-Century Infrastructure Commission. In addition to her broad corporate leadership duties, Julie manages the firm’s energy and environment practice and PSC’s new lines of business in marketing and communications, program management, and implementation.

Marshall Collins

Marshall Collins

Marshall Collins is the Regional School Health and DEIB Coordinator for Northwest Education Services, which includes oversight of NorthEd's SNAP ED Program, LifeSPAN, and Farm-to-School programs. He also serves as the Rec Director of Traverse Bay Area Youth Soccer. Marshall’s work also supports furthering Social Justice in the Grand Traverse area. Previously, he worked ten years at Northport Public School, where he taught K-12 physical education, health, and social studies, and served as a coach and Athletic Director.

Betsy Corbett


Betsy is a fifth-generation Traverse City native and is currently an owner / director of the RE/MAX Bayshore real estate brokerage and Brick & Corbett real estate team. She brings 15 years’ experience in growing real estate brands, managing teams, and selling real estate, with an expertise in business development, brand strategy, and marketing. Betsy's passion for connecting people and building relationships in pursuit of stronger communities ties in perfectly with Groundwork.


Chip is dedicated to smart land-use policies and building the local food economy. He is the owner and visionary behind Cherry Capital Foods, a local food distribution business headquartered in northwest Michigan and now serving the entire state. He also owns a number of other food-related companies. Groundwork honored Chip with the Milliken Leadership Award in 2016.

Jean Kerver


Jean Kerver, PhD, MSc, RD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University (MSU). As a nutritional epidemiologist and a registered dietitian, Kerver has spent her career developing effective ways to promote health and well-being for families living in poverty or facing other challenges. Dr. Kerver’s position in Traverse City, Michigan, is part of an innovative new model designed to place faculty in rural communities where MSU educates medical students, with the primary goal of developing a community-driven research agenda.