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Meet the New Family Enrichment Center Director

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

Teresa Thrash has 22 years of nonprofit experience, including 10 years in management. She has a proven

ability to revitalize productive programs, conceive and implement new programs. Teresa also has a proven track record of increasing

performance outcomes. She holds a B.A. in Family Life Education

from Spring Arbor University. When she worked for United Way, she worked in partnership with 45 youth-serving agencies to develop and plan many youth and children initiatives like the Kalamazoo Great Start Collaborative and the Kalamazoo College & Career Access Network. Teresa is familiar with working with multiple counties and has quite an extensive network of professional contacts that will allow her to hit the ground running in her new role as the public face of the Family Enrichment Center.

These are not, however, her proudest accomplishments by far. She and her husband of 33 years started their family by becoming foster care parents. This eventually led them to build their family by adopting the four children from foster care, who are now ages 26, 24, 22 and 18. They even have experience with kinship care of their granddaughter, seven.

Teresa states, "I feel I was created to serve this organization at this time in my life, and I am honored to be at the helm helping and supporting families."

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