Lake Huron Foundation (LHF) is pleased to announce Chandra Gruber has joined
the organization as its Director, effective December 31, 2018. In her
role, Ms. Gruber is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs,
strategic plan and financial viability of the Foundation.
Ms. Gruber brings more than 20 years of combined corporate and non-profit
organizational leadership, program development experience, fundraising
and grantmaking experience. She succeeds Laura Cottengim, who held the
position for three and a half years, co-leading efforts to re-locate the
People’s Clinic for Better Health to expand services offerings to
meet the evolving healthcare needs of the most vulnerable members of the
local community. During her tenure, both individuals served and assets
tripled in size.
“I can’t express enough gratitude for the privilege of serving
this foundation or for the successes we have all achieved together throughout
the past three years,” said Laura Cottengim, Director of Business
Development and Marketing for Lake Huron Medical Center. “Chandra’s
leadership, sincere appreciation for our culture and proven track record
for fostering relationships that deliver positive outcomes will ensure
Lake Huron Foundation continues to serve those most in need for many years
Ms. Cottengim will continue to serve as a member of the Lake Huron Foundation
Governing Board and the Director of Business Development and Marketing
for Lake Huron Medical Center in a full-time capacity.
“I would like to thank Laura for her dedication, commitment and passion
to keeping the mission of the Foundation moving forward. I am excited
to help further advance the important and impactful work of the Foundation
and the People’s Clinic for Better Health. I look forward to collaborating
with local leaders and stakeholders to enhance our sustaining partnerships
with community organizations and donors, and identify and cultivate new
relationships to ensure our organizational sustainability.” said
Ms. Gruber. “Continuing the legacy of the foundation and its assets,
including the People’s Clinic for Better Health, are of the utmost
“We are excited to have Chandra leading the foundation’s initiatives”
said Jennifer Smith- Deegan, Chair of the Lake Huron Foundation Board.
“Her experience and proven track record will ensure we continue
to meet our standards for delivering high-quality patient care.”
Previously, Ms. Gruber was the Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving
for Children’s Heartlink in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also held
foundation and giving positions at General Motors Foundation in Detroit,
Michigan and St. Jude Medical in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor
of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Metropolitan
State University in Minneapolis, Minnesota.