About Us

Who We Are

 Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping youth, adults and organizations in rural communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula create community change. Located in Marquette, Grow & Lead uses research, consultation and innovative program development to help youth, adults and nonprofit organizations identify opportunities to create a healthier and more sustainable youth environment. 

Our Mission

Grow & Lead provides nonprofit organizations with expertise, training and resources so that all youth can thrive in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Our History

Grow & Lead began as a part of the Kellogg Youth Initiative Partnerships, a 20-year effort by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to improve the youth environment in Michigan. Marquette and Alger Counties were considered the rural remote site of this Kellogg long-term youth development effort. In 2000, the Kellogg Foundation turned the initiative over to the local community to prepare it for independence from the Kellogg Foundation and sustainability beyond Kellogg funding. The new nonprofit was called the Marquette-Alger Youth Foundation.

Prior to 2001, we provided grants and capacity-building services in Marquette and Alger Counties to community-based organizations, schools, governmental units and their extended communities for the purpose of strengthening, and sustaining the healthy development of youth. Our work has grown and evolved over the years as the needs and opportunities have changed. One major change was the decision in 2004 by the Board of Marquette-Alger Youth Foundation to expand its programs to serve the entire Upper Peninsula. With this expansion, the name was changed to Great Lakes Center for Youth Development. In 2017, the name changed again to Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to better reflect the organization’s capacity-building nature.

Our Team

Amy Quinn

Amy Quinn

President / CEO

(906) 228-8919 ext 121


Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson

Director of Operations

(906) 228-8919 ext 111


Linda Remsburg

Linda Remsburg


(906) 228-8919 ext 126


Taylor Olson-Brutto

Taylor Olson-Brutto

Outreach Coordinator

(906) 228-8919 ext


Karen Wolf

Karen Wolf

Office Manager/Associate

(906) 228-8919 ext 112


Board of Directors

Iola Brubaker


Keweenaw Family Resource Center

Elise Bur

Vice Chair

Northern Michigan Universoty

Lisa St. Aubin-Jahnke


Representing Community Foundation of Marquette County

Steve Patchin


Representing communities served

Erin Daines


MSU Extension 

Phil Hansen


Peoples State Bank of Munising

Hallie Marshall


NMU student

Dr. Gregory Nyen


Marquette-Alger RESA

Elizabeth Preston


NMU Student

Alan Tulppo


Representing communities served

Amy Quinn


Grow & Lead CEO

Our Financials