Sarah Copeland

Interim Director of Operations

Sarah Copeland has been with the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for almost two decades.  Sarah is currently serving as the Interim Director of Operations, insuring the Foundation continues to engage in and support individual and community needs of support and giving.  She holds a BA in Management from the College of St. Scholastica and serves on various committees and boards throughout the community from workforce development to housing and education issues.

Prior to the Community Foundation, Sarah spent more than 15 years involved in the military community, domestically and over-seas.  Throughout those years, she was involved with the first Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Conference at Ft. Campbell, KY, the initiation of Family Support Groups (now FRGs), spouse development and other community and leadership roles.

Brianna Spry

Program Admistrator

Brianna joined the team at the Community Foundation in 2014.  As the Foundation's Program Administrator, Brianna handles all crisis grants, and conducts most of the day-to-day activities involved in the scholarship program and Annual Grant Cycle.


Brianna graduated from Itasca Community College in 2003 with her AAS in Business Management.  Born and raised in Deer River, she is honored to serve the Greater Itasca Area in a variety of ways.  Brianna lives in Cohasset with her husband and their two children.  She and her family love to spend time outdoors on their Mississippi River property and play outside throughout Northern Minnesota.

Cathy Sayward

Administrative Assistant

Cathy joined the staff at the Community Foundation in the fall of 2017.  As Administrative Assistant, she provides support to the rest of the staff to help keep things rolling smoothly.  Cathy’s the first friendly face you’ll see when you come through our door and she looks forward to welcoming you!


Although comparatively new to the Foundation, she is not new to the community.  Cathy, her husband, and their young family moved to Grand Rapids over 30 years ago from Maine to purchase and manage Itasca Greenhouse, Inc. in Cohasset.  In addition to assisting with the day-to-day management and administration of the greenhouse, Cathy was active in the community as a soccer mom, Volunteer Coordinator at Murphy Elementary School and assisted with the Boy Scouts for their three sons.  She obtained her BS degree in Communication Disorders from the University of New Hampshire and her MA in Audiology from the University of Connecticut.   Cathy lives in Arbo with her husband, where she enjoys long walks and gardening

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