Sandi Frost Steensma is President and Founder of Parrish Consulting, a non-profit consulting business specializing in annual fundraising, capacity building, capital campaigns, and endowment fundraising. Sandi has more than 20 years of experience in successful fundraising serving as a consultant and/or serving agencies as Development Director and/or Executive Director. She worked as a consultant for a regional firm for eight years prior to founding Parrish Consulting in 2007 and served Hospice of Michigan as statewide Director of Development and as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids office. In addition to achieving her CFRE more than fifteen years ago, Sandi was named a member of the prestigious Kellogg Foundation College of Consultants in 2008.
Sandi has worked with many types of non-profit agencies including arts organizations, 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 Trustees.
LSSU's dedicated three-story fire lab made all the difference to Brian Applegate.
"Our certification training classes offered real situations," Brian says. Students practice victim search techniques while controlling and extinguishing fires. Applegate says his favorite exercise was the live fire flashover simulation. "We saw how fires evolved as they burned," he says. "It’s as close as you can get to the real thing."