Trustees

Jim KeaneJames P. Keane

James P. Keane is president and chief executive officer, director for Steelcase Inc. Appointed to this role in March 2014, Jim oversees all operations of Steelcase Inc., including domestic and international operations. Jim was appointed president and director in April 2013.He serves on the boards of Rockwell Automation, IDEO, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA), the board of trustees of Grand Valley University Foundation, and the executive board of Design Futures Council.


 

 

Mary Anne HuntingMary Anne Hunting

Dr. Mary Anne Hunting is an architectural historian and author of Edward Durell Stone: Modernism’s Populist Architect (W.W. Norton, 2012). A resident of New York City, her philanthropic roles have included president of the alumni association of the Victorian Society Summer Schools, board member of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount, executive vice president of East Side House Settlement, trustee of the Professional Children’s School, and board member of The Alpha Workshops. She is currently on the board of Landmark West!, which is devoted to architecture preservation on the upper west side of Manhattan.


 

Craig NeimannCraig Niemann

Craig Niemann is a graduate of Bowdoin College with a masters in business administration from the University of Michigan and a masters in education from Aquinas College. Craig worked for Steelcase for 7+ years in finance and operations.  He was a part-time high school math teacher in Grand Rapids.  He is currently co-owner with his wife, Jenny, of Forward Space, a Steelcase dealership serving the Chicagoland area. He is heavily involved in his children’s schools, having served on the PTO boards in both Grand Rapids and Boston.  Craig is currently chairperson of the Foundation Investment Committee.  Craig lives in Chicago and spends his summers in West Michigan, enjoying beautiful Lake Michigan.


 

Mary Goodwillie NelsonMary Goodwillie Nelson

Mary Goodwillie Nelson is a retired elementary school teacher. She is a former board member and past president of the Forest Hills Educational Foundation and she and her husband, Jim Nelson, fully funded the building of the Goodwillie Environmental School, a Forest Hills Public School. Mary is a former board member of Opera Grand Rapids, and a former board member and past president of the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. She is currently a board member of the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Accessions Committee chair. She is also a trustee of the Wege Foundation and is its Grant Committee chair.


 

Kate Pew WoltersKate Pew Wolters

Kate Pew Wolters is chair of the Steelcase Foundation and also serves as president of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation. Kate was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Council on Disability in 1994 and served until 2003. Kate serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service. She also serves as a member of the board of the Mary and Robert Pew Public Education Fund and as co-chair of the First Steps Children’s Commission.  After serving an 8-year appointment by Gov. Granholm in 2013, as a member of the Board of Grand Valley State University, she was appointed to an additional term by Gov. Snyder. Kate has received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Aquinas College and Michigan State University, Distinguished Alumni Award from Michigan State University, Arts Award from the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids, YWCA Tribute Award, and the Women of Achievement and Courage Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation.


 

Rob PewRobert C. Pew

Now a private investor, Rob served as president of Steelcase North America from May 1990 to March 1994. In that capacity, he was responsible for all sales, marketing, and manufacturing operations involving Steelcase brand products.

Rob’s activities in the not-for-profit world have included a term as president of Junior Achievement of Western North Carolina and various roles within United Way, including chair of the community planning and allocation process of the Buncombe County United Way and overall campaign chair of United Way of Western Michigan. Rob has also served as chair of the Asheville Downtown Commission and campaign chair for the Pack Place Arts and Science Center. Rob is a former trustee of Grand Valley State University and is currently board chair of the IIT Institute of Design.  He is also president of The Manaus Fund and of the Woody Creek Community Center as well as owner and director of Voke Inc.


 

Elizabeth Welch LykinsElizabeth Welch

Elizabeth is very involved in Grand Rapids’ vibrant non-profit and professional community. She currently is a Trustee for the Steelcase Foundation, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Child Development Center. She is a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program, a past chair of the Board of Directors for Home Repair Services (an organization dedicated to assisting low-income homeowners), a past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Home & Building Association of Greater Grand Rapids and was a long-time chairperson of the Human Resources Task Force for that organization. Elizabeth also served as a Trustee for the Grand Rapids Bar Association and on the boards of Camp Henry, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Hugh Michael Beahan Foundation (which served St. Andrew’s school students), and Social Venture Philanthropy (a Grand Rapids Community Foundation fundraising group). She also served on the capital campaign for the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT) (an organization that engages youth through the arts to keep them in school).