HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Stead

We are very fortunate to receive incredible support and leadership from HWPI volunteer Christine Stead. Christine serves on HWPI’s Executive Committee and assists in a wide variety of capacities, including providing leadership to the board and helping with community events. She is an avid runner who is regularly seen in local races wearing her Karen’s Trail t-shirt to raise awareness of the trail project and to honor the legacy of Karen McKeachie. As someone who has trained along Huron River Drive for more than 30 years, Christine is passionate about developing safe recreational spaces. Christine credits Melissa Sundermann–long time triathlete, ultra-marathoner, marathoner, and dear friend–for making her connection to HWPI.

Native to Michigan, Christine grew up in the village of Emmett and now lives in Ann Arbor with her husband of 20 years, Jim. She has two boys, Aidan who attends Michigan Technological University, and Conleth, who is a junior at Skyline High School. In addition to volunteering with HWPI, Christine is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan where she teaches a graduate level class on healthcare systems and organization. Additionally, she owns a healthcare consulting firm, Headlamp Advisors, and focuses on planning exciting futures for health systems across the United States. Christine previously served on the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Education for almost 9 years.

Christine’s commitment to volunteering with HWPI stems from her dedication to investing in opportunities that provide safe recreational and work-commute routes for everyone to enjoy. She believes that it takes partnerships across public, private and nonprofit entities to create vibrant, healthy communities. Christine is also motivated and inspired by working with people dedicated to improving the world around them, especially the HWPI Board and volunteers.

Thank you, Christine, for the many contributions you have made to HWPI! Your support brings us closer to realizing a vision of safe, accessible trail networks that connect the communities of Southeast Michigan and beyond.

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HWPI 501(c)(3) Announcement

HWPI is pleased to announce that we are officially approved as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations may now be made directly payable to Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative and mailed to:

Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative
14800 E Old US HWY 12
Chelsea MI, 48118

As always, donations may also be made online through the HWPI website’s Donate page.

While we will continue to be affiliated with the Michigan Fitness Foundation, as they are a great partner, we will now begin operating as an independent nonprofit organization. We are grateful for MFF’s belief in our mission and support to HWPI.

We are excited about the opportunities this will present as we continue to help build the Border-to-Border Trail! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Susan Faulkner at susanfaulkner@huron-waterloo-pathways.org.

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