January 27th, 2022 @7PM
City Opera House, Traverse City, MI
Jennifer Finnegan Pool
Jennifer is an innovative humanitarian, a value driven entrepreneur, and a social reformer. Her faith, authentic story of resilience, and nontraditional academic experiences have led her to a career in growing healthy communities one family at a time. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Single MOMM, headquartered in Traverse City, MI. Started as a grassroots nonprofit in 2008, Single MOMM now serves over 2,000 families a year throughout Northern Michigan. Jennifer has authored the Mentorship 360 program, reVIVE Course, INpowered course, and No More Crazy Process that are all used to guide single moms to healthy independence. In 2019, she was recognized as a national expert in her field. As a leader, Jennifer stays present to the reality of what is, while remaining hopeful about what could be.
Josh was born in Traverse City and raised in the nearby woods, waters, and dunes of Benzie County. Before turning 30 he opened several companies throughout Arizona and Florida. Afterwards he did a short stint “retired” in his school bus named “The Future” and eventually found himself back home in Benzie county and married the love of his life, Christina.
In October of 2014 he was hired as Grow Benzie’s first, full-time Executive Director where he continues developing the non-profit as a thriving community center. Grow Benzie has an event center, commercial kitchen, incubator farm, bee apiary, co-working office space, a farmers market, makerspace, sewing studio, edible trail system, and community gardens. Grow Benzie is now a backbone organization supporting dozens of local clubs, collaborative bodies, and non-profits with program space, administrative support, marketing resources, and volunteer recruitment. In 2018, Josh was awarded the Systems Changemaker Fellowship by Rotary Charities of Traverse City, accepted into Forum for the Future’s School of Systems Change based in London then traveled to England and Russia. He was also the recipient of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Reciprocal Exchange program in 2019 and spent time studying food systems in Mozambique and South Africa.
Sakura is a mom and the CEO of Rotary Charities of Traverse City. The daughter of Japanese and Taiwanese immigrants, she grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and made Traverse City her home ten years ago. After earning a BS in Finance and Economics from Boston College and an early career in investment banking, she pivoted to the nonprofit sector after earning an MBA in Social Enterprise from Columbia Business School. These days, she applies her knowledge and experience in leveraging financial tools to support community development. Sakura believes in a holistic, open-listening approach to creating positive change and brings non-conventional minds together to build partnerships and drive solutions to our region’s most complex problems.
Gollan began his culinary career cooking and baking his way through his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado to support himself. After several years’ experience in the food industry, he enrolled at the San Francisco Baking Institute and later earned a masters in hospitality from MSU. At Common Good Bakery, he wants to make the world a better place, and better the lives of everyone they encounter. He believes that optimism and purposeful action should be a part of everything he does. Yes, Common Good makes killer bread and pastries, but he also aspires to be a leading positive influence.
A true local, Bob graduated from St. Francis high school continuing on to St. John’s University, Bachelor of Science in Economics, Post Graduate Studies in Organizational Development.
He entered the real estate business in l973 as a chosen career with one goal: “To be the best, most respected Realtor anyone would ever meet”. He is diligent in the pursuit of excellence through continuing education and master planning seminars. He was voted one of the top 1500 Realtors in North America by Real Trends Magazine, is listed in the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame, Chairman’s Club & Platinum Club (to name a few!) and continues to operate as Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Bayshore Properties Ltd., engaging the support of 54 agents, plus 14 assistants and 5 offices transacting over $1.3 billion in average sales volume per year.
Bob enjoys serving the community at NMC Board, the Economic Club, Brickways Community Living Center Foundation, Traverse Area Association of Realtors, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, Basketball, Golf, Little League and Golf Coach, Eagle Scout Scenic Trails Council, Traverse Area Foundation, and Grand Traverse Area YMCA.