Katie Appold joins GHSF as Executive Director


The Board of Directors of the Grand Haven Schools Foundation is pleased to announce that Katie Appold has been named its new executive director. Appold will lead the organization in its mission to support access to quality preschool education.

“We’re delighted that Katie has agreed to join our organization,” said Foundation President Jay Greer.  “Her extensive experience, demonstrated leadership, and passion for education will help the Foundation further its mission.”

Appold has many years of nonprofit volunteer experience, including her work as Executive Director of Love in Action, where she helped the organization expand services in the areas of food distribution, housing, health care, and substantially increase their annual revenues through donations and grant awards. Prior to that, she was Senior Marketing Manager of Discovery House Publishers, the publishing arm of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Appold will work for GHSF on a part-time basis along with her work as a local real estate agent.

“I am overjoyed to be assuming this role with the foundation, comments Appold. “I believe in this work and want to build from the legacy of the previous leadership. I have had the joy of serving this community in many ways, but this one is near and dear as I feel so much of our combined potential begins with the early education of our youth.”

Appold will manage an organization that has experienced significant growth over the past ten years. The Grand Haven Schools Foundation granted 70 preschool scholarships in the 2015-2016 school year up from 13 preschool scholarships in the 2005-2006 school year. In 2008, the Foundation launched the Grand Haven High School Hall of Fame, a biennial program that inducts outstanding GHHS alumni and individuals who have served our district. It is a way to honor the past and inspire the future and to raise awareness about the Foundation’s mission.

Appold and her husband, Chad, reside in Spring Lake with their two children. Appold will succeed Anne McLaughlin, who retired from the foundation in December of 2016.