Category: Foundation News

Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration
January 4, 2022January 4, 2022
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Mary Lyons-Richards Named Director of Foundation Administration

We are thrilled to announce that Mary Lyons-Richards, current operations and grants manager, has been named director of foundation administration. In this new and expanded leadership role, Mary will be accountable for overall Foundation operations and administration including human resources programs, information technology, information management, and grants management and administration. She will work with Neil...

Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment
November 1, 2021December 21, 2021
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Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Dr. Amanda Herzog to its team. Dr. Amanda Herzog was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. She brings over 10 years of experience in environmental engineering research with a background in agricultural and environmental sustainability. She will collaborate closely with our Great Lakes...

May 14, 2021December 21, 2021
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Grants and Operations Manager Receives Professional Certificate in Sustainable Business Practices

Mary Lyons-Richards, the Foundation’s grants and operations manager, recently received a professional certificate in sustainable business practice after completing the “Leading the Sustainability Transformation” program through GreenBiz. This 10-week simulation-based program had participants from around the world. There were three components: introducing core sustainability concepts through self-paced modules; a team simulation transforming a conventional business...

Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career
February 17, 2021December 21, 2021
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Best Wishes to Jodee Raines in New Career

Jodee Raines, executive vice president of Programs and Erb Family Foundation board secretary and officer, notified us that February 18 will be her last day with the Foundation. She was recruited to an exciting new position aligned closely with her interests and personal mission which will be announced soon. Jodee’s achievements as VP of Programs...

Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs
February 16, 2021December 21, 2021
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Melissa Damaschke Named Vice President of Programs

Melissa Damaschke has been named the vice president of Programs for the Erb Family Foundation. She will also have the additional title of senior program officer, Great Lakes. Former VP of Programs, Jodee Raines, is taking on a new career adventure at a Detroit-based organization which will be announced soon. Melissa has been a program officer...

October 8, 2019December 21, 2021
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Congratulations, John!

We are pleased to announce that John Erb, our founding president and current board chair, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Russel G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Given annually since 1995, the award honors individuals with a demonstrated commitment to leadership, impact,...

June 19, 2019June 19, 2019
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June 2019 Grants

We are pleased to share the news of $3.8 million in new and continuing grants approved at our June board meeting. Six grants totaling nearly $500,000 will continue Detroit’s strong jazz tradition by educating the next generation of jazz musicians. The funding will: Continue intensive jazz education programming at the Carr Center, Detroit Jazz Festival,Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and MSU...

May 23, 2018December 21, 2021
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Environmental Fellows Program

A key component of sustainability is equity. In addition to the redevelopment of policies and programs, seeking equity calls for diverse voices forging solutions that benefit all. The University of Michigan Environmental Fellows Program diversifies environmental and conservation philanthropy by supporting the career aspirations of graduate students from traditionally underrepresented populations. On May 23, the Foundation hosted this...

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