Community Foundation Philanthropy Award - Carlene Walz Lefere

Retired Judge Carlene Walz Lefere joined the Jackson Community Foundation in 2002 and has served as both board chair and interim CEO for nine months during a leadership transition. She was a pivotal advocate in the foundation’s decision to start the Jackson Legacy Program, making a promise to help students pay for college and creation of the College and Career Access Center for which she serves on the board. Enthused about the enduring nature of a community foundation, Carlene created The Walz Family Fund as a donor advised fund to engage her children and grandchildren in the years ahead. A community champion, Carlene’s leadership continues as an active member of the Jackson Women for Equity Committee, the Cascade Falls Champion Committee and the Board of Legal Services of South Central Michigan. Carlene’s heart is indeed focused on what is important for the Jackson area community.