Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan Names New Board Trustees

In Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s Board of Trustees elected three new trustees including Selam Sanders, Stacy Ziarko and Tim Nicholson.

“We are excited to welcome Selam Sanders, Stacy Ziarko and Tim Nicholson to our board,” Community Foundation President Richard (Ric) DeVore said. “They bring a breadth of knowledge from their work in the community, in business and their regional geographic diversity to help provide a critical lens as we chart our strategic plan to serve the residents of southeast Michigan and our donor partners.”

Selam Sanders is president of SG Real Estate and is responsible for strategic partnership initiatives and ventures, equity, and debt opportunities, overseeing investment performance and approving decisions on investments and acquisitions. Through her tenure, she has been instrumental in deploying institutional real estate funds, particularly focusing on affordable housing initiatives in the Midwest. Sanders is board chair for Beyond Basics, a literacy nonprofit, and has served on several boards at the Detroit Country Day School.

Stacy Ziarko is president and CEO of Connect Macomb, formerly the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce, a role she has held since 2019. Prior to joining Connect Macomb, Ziarko was development director at The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and a development manager at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Sterling Heights Library, Advancing Macomb, Utica Community Schools, Foundation, Detroit Zoo Authority and Regina High School. Ziarko was also named one of Crain’s 40 under 40, class of 2020, as well as a Crain’s Most Notable Women in Nonprofit in 2022.

Timothy F. Nicholson is the Chief Operating Officer at PVS Chemicals, Inc., and sits on the Board of Directors of the 79-year-old family-owned business. Nicholson is the immediate past Chairman of the Board for Detroit Public Television. He currently sits on the Board of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan and is on the Executive Committee of the Board for the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

In 2023, the Community Foundation provided $118 million of financial support to nonprofits in southeast Michigan through more than 5,700 grants. The framework that will guide the development of a 10-year strategic plan throughout 2024 as the Community Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary was also approved. 

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