ShellyheadshotThe Michigan Humanities Board of Directors and staff are pleased to announce its new Executive Director. Shelly Kasprzycki began serving as the Executive Director on January 4, 2016.

Ms. Kasprzycki is a long-time non-profit leader with over the last 25 years of experience, her career spans serving government as well as nonprofit organizations.

“I am honored to join The Michigan Humanities and look forward to carrying out our mission to enrich the lives of Michigan’s citizens through humanities,” said Ms. Kasprzycki.

She began her career in public health education in 1989 at the Jackson County Health Department, leading the Teen Pregnancy Coalition for the community, which was recognized as a model of collaboration and action by the Jackson County Human Services Collaborative Body.  After five years, she accepted a position with the State of Michigan, creating the statewide partnership called the Michigan Abstinence Partnership.

Ms. Kasprzycki returned to her hometown and helped create the Jackson Nonprofit Support Center now called the Nonprofit Network.  After five years, she became the President/CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation. She served as Executive Director of the American Red Cross Jackson Chapter and now serves as the Executive Director of Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity.  Shelly also has served as a nonprofit consultant in board development, fund development, and strategic planning.

She has received numerous awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Honor and was 2015 Rotarian of the Year for Rotary Club of Jackson, Michigan. She co-authored “Marketing and Public Relations,” was contributing author of “Serving Children and Families through Community-University Partnerships,” and was guest author of “Board Member.”

Ms. Kasprzycki is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University (Bachelor of Science in Health Administration) and Central Michigan University (Master of Arts Degree in Public Health Education).

“Following a comprehensive search for an Executive Director, the Board of Directors is very pleased that Shelly Kasprzycki has joined us to lead the Council.  Shelly brings to the Council her strong experience in the non-profit field as well as a passion for the Council’s mission,” stated Kathleen Mullins, Chairperson, Michigan Humanities Board of Directors.