Susan J. Groeneveld, CCIM – Executive Director

Susan is Executive Vice President Emeritus of the CCIM Institute. In April 2008, Susan assumed the role of Executive Director of the CCIM Foundation. In this capacity, Susan is responsible for implementing effective operations and activities of the Foundation, as well as for advising and making recommendations to the Officers and Directors with respect to these activities and policies. This position works with the Foundation’s Board of Directors to identify, plan and implement the strategic direction of the Foundation.

When Susan joined the CCIM Institute in 1987, then known as CIREC, she was brought in as the Director of Chapter & Membership Programs. Her primary focus was working with the development of the regional structure and chapter leadership development/training programming. In addition, within a year of coming on board, Susan was asked to work with volunteer members to offer a national conference. After a couple more years, she was also overseeing all membership related activities. By 1991, she had also assumed responsibility for overseeing the Education Division. Then in 1992, Susan was made Deputy Executive Director responsible for the administration and staffing of the Institute. Susan eventually assumed the role of Executive Vice President/CEO in 1994. She continued in that role through year-end 2007.

In the fall of 2006, the board of directors recognized the passion and dedication that Susan has brought to the Institute for many years by awarding her an honorary CCIM designation. The board also created the Susan J. Groeneveld endowment for applicants who enroll in the Jay W. Levine Leadership Development Academy, a program first championed by Susan in 2003.

Susan graduated from Illinois State University with a B.S. in Social Sciences in 1974. In 1995, she was awarded the CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation by the American Society of Association Executives, a designation she maintained until her recent retirement. In 2001, Susan successfully completed all four CCIM core courses.

Kristin Harrelson O’Connor – Foundation Manager

In April 2008, Kristin assumed the role as part-time Foundation Manager. Kristin oversees and administers the programs and activities of the Education Foundation.

After graduating college, Kristin worked for three years as a legislative aide in the Michigan House of Representatives. Kristin joined the CCIM Institute as its first Legislative Analyst in March 2006 (later assuming the responsibility of the Bylaws committee and the Cultural Diversity Task Force). Kristin’s next role was as the Director of Special Projects. In this capacity, she worked with several of the Institute’s governing bodies including the Executive Committee, Governing Council, Nominating Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. She also worked with the Governance Task Force on the restructuring of the Institute, served as the liaison to the Site To Do Business committee, and staffed the CCIM Foundation (from 1999-2005). Kristin later served as the Institute’s Director of Organizational Development handling the HR responsibilities of the Institute, serving as liaison to the Cultural Diversity Advisory Board and assisting with the Leadership Development Academy. Kristin has also held the role of Knowledge Manager in the Education department.

Kristin earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Pre-law with emphasis on Philosophy, French and Political/Social Science) from Michigan State University in 1992.

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