Staff

Each member of The Legacy Center team plays an important role in our daily functions. Together our team of employees, contractors, and volunteers help to keep things running smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

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Jennifer Heronema

President & CEO
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Jennifer Heronema is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Legacy Center for Community Success, a role she has held since January 2012. Her experience in business and communications dates back more than 20 years. Most recently, she was principal of Oakridge Public Relations, a boutique public relations firm that served a variety of clients throughout North America. Prior to that, Heronema worked for The Dow Chemical Company, Atlantic Coast Airlines, Space News, among others.
 
She has been very active in community affairs serving on the Midland County Health and Human Services Council, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, the Literacy Council of Midland County (now part of The Legacy Center), the Economic Status of Women in the Great Lakes Bay Region Report Committee and recently was asked to join the Dow Corning Community Advisory Panel.
 
Heronema earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwood University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. She lives in Midland with her husband, Lee, and their two children, Jake and Lindsay.
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Dawn Sequin

Office Manager
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Dawn currently serves as the Office Manager for The Legacy Center. In this role she manages the organization’s day-to-day administrative needs and helps plan and implement fundraising events and tutor/learner appreciation events. More recently, Dawn took on the administrative role in support of the Preschool Tool Tote Program, including purchasing, inventory control and distribution.
 
Previously, Dawn served as the Mt. Forest elementary school ACE (Active Citizens for Education) and PTO President for eight yrs. After her children moved on to middle school, she resigned from her position and continued volunteering in Pinconning Middle and High Schools. She also was involved in her community’s baseball league as the secretary for six years and the trustee for two years. She is still heavily involved with the league. Some of her hobbies include; camping, hunting, yard work, event planning, and painting.
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Pam Singer

Research Associate Developmental Assets
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Pam’s passion for youth underscores her work as a Research Associate at The Legacy Center. Her work mostly has involved Developmental Assets and Risk-Taking Behaviors among youth 12-18 years old. Pam is an excellent public speaker and is adept at explaining the Developmental Assets Framework in practical terms that parents of adolescents can understand.
 
Pam has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from Ferris State University and previously was employed at The Dow Chemical Company. She is actively involved in her community and lives in Midland with her four children and husband Jim.
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Michelle Beeck

Community Educator
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Michelle Beeck is the Community Educator for The Legacy Center for Community Success. Her current role includes working closely with Northern Michigan Substance Abuse Services (NMSAS), Community Alliance for Youth Success (formerly Midland Area Partnership), law enforcement, local school districts and Alcohol and Tobacco retailers in Midland county to build assets to reduce risk taking behaviors such as underage alcohol and tobacco use, misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, and illicit drug use.
 
Michelle received her Bachelors of Science in Public Health Education from Central Michigan University in 2005 and recently earned a Certified Prevention Specialist certification. She has been married for 15 years to her wonderful husband and has two children.
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Barb Swierzbin

Coalition Liaison
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Barb currently serves as the Coalition Liaison between The Legacy Center and the Community Alliance for Youth Success (formerly Midland Area Partnership for Drug Free Youth). Barb assists with coordination of Coalition objectives and activities such as youth alternative events and Dump Your Drugs! events. Previously, Barb held the position of Career Development Coordinator for the Midland County Educational Service Agency. She has extensive experience coordinating career education and youth work experience programs for Midland County students as well as assisting students with autism spectrum disorder.
 
Barb received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is married to Randy and has three children, Laura, Emily and Ryan. She enjoys music, art, traveling and sports—Go Blue!
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Kristi Kline

Director of Targeted Reading Programs
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Kristi Kline is the Director of Targeted Reading Program at The Legacy Center. Prior to joining TLC, she served as a volunteer tutor for TLC using the Barton Reading & Spelling Program. She earned her certification as a Barton Tutor in 2011.
 
She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and has completed additional education-related course work at Grand Valley State University and Saginaw Valley State University. She has worked in the technology and business education fields. She also has volunteered for various school and community organizations related to youth development.
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Lorna Strautman

Director of Adult Literacy
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Lorna is the Director of The Director of Adult Education. She works with individuals in Midland who are unemployed and underemployed to improve their literacy skills.
 
Previously, she worked as a Work Experience Coordinator for high school students with disabilities and then ran a program for at-risk youth. Lorna taught Middle School Special Education for 10 years before moving to Midland from Edmonton, Alberta in 1995.
 
She and her husband have been married 37 years and are the proud parents of Cheryl and Christina and grandparents of four girls. Lorna enjoys gardening and golf in the summer and curling in the winter.
 
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Sheryl Brown

Director of Workforce Literacy
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Sheryl Brown is the Director of the Workforce Literacy Program at The Legacy Center. She has worked as a Special Education teacher for over 15 years and prior to that was a social worker for CMH. Additionally, she ran a branch office of a state advocacy organization for emotionally disturbed children.

Sheryl has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from WMU, with certification in both Emotional & Cognitive Impairment. She also has a Master’s degree in Counseling from WMU and is certified as an LMSW. In post-graduate work, she’s taken many courses in disability-related issues and literacy.

Sheryl is married with two daughters. Her pastimes include being an ESL tutor for The Legacy Center and formerly, for POBLO in Kalamazoo. She also enjoys reading, singing, and folk medicine. In her spare time, she is usually found making lotions and various other concoctions to improve one’s health and longevity.
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Richard Dolinski

Founder
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Dick Dolinski is the founder and President Emeritus of The Legacy Center for Community Success. Dick also is President of Midland Kids First, a non-profit focusing on at-risk youth.
 
Dolinski earned a Ph. D. degree in physical organic chemistry from the University of Detroit. He was associated with The Dow Chemical Company for 32 years in various roles including research & development leadership in the US and Asia, commercial management including founding president of Dow’s global Automotive business, and as corporate vice president in Human Resources.
 
Dick and his wife Donna have three children and 6 grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, snow skiing, travel and “spoiling” the grandchildren.
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Jackie Light

Research Fellow [Contractor]
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Jackie Light is a Research Fellow at The Legacy Center for Community Success (TLC). Her previous published research focused on investigating the genetic etiology of reading and mathematical disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. At TLC, she is focusing instead on evaluating a variety of environmental interventions to assess the extent to which they impact young students in both academic and non-academic domains.
 
After receiving her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kalamazoo College, Jackie earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She spent 5 years as a National Institute for Mental Health pre-doctoral fellow at The Institute for Behavioral Genetics in Boulder and 2 years as a MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow at The Institute for Social Research/University of Michigan before returning to Kalamazoo College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology.
 
Jackie currently lives in Midland with her husband and two sons.
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Karen Somers

Research Associate [Contractor]
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Karen’s mathematics skills and attention to detail have served her well as a Research Associate at The Legacy Center. She has facilitated a variety of custom evaluation projects during the past several years that resulted in both process and program improvements. Karen also is an excellent researcher and facilitator.
 
She has a Secondary Teaching Degree from University of Michigan Flint and majored in mathematics. Prior to working with TLC, Karen served as a data/systems analyst at The Dow Chemical Company and a high school math teacher.
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Stephanie Wolf

Research Associate [Contractor]
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Kelly Jensen

Research Associate [Contractor]
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Kelly has working with the Legacy Center for over 6 years. She has gathered data and evaluated several programs for various agencies within our community including MST (Multi-systemic Therapy), Girls on the Run, SMART mentoring, and Family Development Matrix. She is currently working with Recovering Youth Futures.
 
Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and spent the majority of her career in the actuarial science field. Since moving to Midland in 1998 she has devoted most of her time to raising her three children with her husband Bill.