As the director of marketing and communications, Nicole oversees the implementation of communication strategy aligned with CFT’s strategic plan, while also supporting special initiatives.
Prior to joining CFT in 2017, Nicole spent five years as communications manager at the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area in Holland, Michigan. In this role, she managed all aspects of the foundation's print, web and electronic communications, marketing, branding and event planning.
Prior to her work in the community foundation field, Nicole worked as a grant writer, editor, project manager and marketing coordinator in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region. She held various communications roles over a decade at the Bay County Library System in Bay City, Michigan.
Nicole holds a bachelor's in professional and technical writing and communication from Saginaw Valley State University.
Community Leadership / Board ServiceNicole serves on the executive committee of the Friends of the Dallas Public Library board of directors and is co-chair of their annual fundraising event.
She is a Mayor's Star Council graduate, class of 2019-2020, and now serves on the Mayor's Star Council Leadership team and will chair their Upstander Awards. She is a 2019 graduate of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce's LEAD YP program.
Since 2014, Nicole has served on the national steering committee CommA, a professional association of community foundation communicators, where she now serves as chair. She co-chaired the 2016 CommA Days national conference for communications professionals across the country and was a co-chair for the joint AdNet-ProNet-CommA CFUnited conference for 300-plus community foundation colleagues across the nation in 2018. She is currently co-chairing the upcoming 2020 CFUnited conference.
She serves on the Philanthropy Southwest communications committee and is a founding member of the Communication Network's ComNetworkLocal Dallas-FortWorth chapter.
Prior to her move to Texas, Nicole was president of the Holland/Zeeland Young Professionals board of directors where she helped launch the “What You Do Matters” annual leadership awards for young professionals in the West Michigan lakeshore region. She also served as past president, vice president and communications chair for the organization.
Nicole has a personal passion for libraries and literacy, chairing two successful library millage levy renewal efforts to ensure continued funding for the local library systems in her hometown of Bay City, Michigan, as well as in Holland, Michigan.
Favorite Aspect of CFT
"Being able to tell the stories of generosity in our community and inspiring others to give back."
"Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success."
— Swami Sivananda Saraswati