Redefining the Classroom


Sandi Frost Steensma

Sandi Frost Steensma is President and Founder of Kennari Consulting, a regional fundraising consulting firm specializing in annual fundraising, capital campaigns, planned giving, endowment fundraising, strategic planning and grantwriting. Sandi has more than 20 years of experience in successful fundraising serving as a consultant and/or serving agencies. She worked as a consultant for another regional firm for eight years prior to founding Kennari Consulting in 2007 and served Hospice of Michigan as statewide Corporate Director of Development and as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids office.

Sandi has worked with many types of non-profit agencies including arts organizations, educational institutions, health care agencies, social services agencies, libraries and associations. She has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors and has trained at local, statewide and national conferences. Sandi holds her BA from the University of Colorado and her Masters of Management from Aquinas College. She is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids and was a 2007 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership program at Michigan State University.

Sandi is active in many community organizations and served as an elected County Commissioner serving Cascade Township, Lowell Township, Bowne Township and Caledonia Township from 2007-2014. Her colleagues elected her Chair of the County Commission in January 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.

In January 2014, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Sandi to the Lake Superior State University Board of Control, an 8-member Board that serves as the governing board of the University. Additionally, Sandi currently serves as an active member of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the SBAM Leadership Council.

Former Board service includes the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Cascade Community Foundation, Kent Community Hospital, Arbor Circle, the Multi-Cultural Association of Professionals, Junior Achievement, and the Grand Rapids Rotary among others.

Sandi is a 2015 YWCA West Central Michigan Tribute Award recipient. She was also a 2015 EPIC Award Small Business of the Year finalist from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. The Grand Rapids Business Journal named Sandi one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2014, a bi-annual honor she also received in 2008, 2010, and 2012. ┬áIn 2001 and 2007, Sandi was named an Athena Nominee by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist in 2014 and 2015. Sandi was further honored in 2011 as one of Inforum’s Inner Circle, an honor she also received in 2009. And, Sandi was named one of the Five Outstanding Young People of Michigan in the mid-1990’s.

In January 2014, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Sandi to the Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees.