Barry County Extension Director
Ginger Hentz joined the MSUE team in 2008. Before coming to MSU, Ginger served as Program Officer with LISC (the Local Initiatives Support Corporation) in Kalamazoo. LISC is a national intermediary organization that provides financial capital and technical assistance to non-profit organizations that create affordable housing and do community development.
Prior to joining LISC, Ginger served as Planning & Development Director of Calhoun County Public Health for 13 years. During that time she designed new programs and wrote grants which brought new federal, state, and private foundation resources into the community to address key health issues. During her tenure with public health, Ginger supervised health education and promotion programs and handled internal and external communications for the department. She was serving as Interim Health Officer during the time when persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina were airlifted to the Battle Creek/Kalamazoo area and needed housing and a myriad of health and social services.
Ginger worked for 9 years with the Community Action Agency of South Central Michigan as Community Services Director during which time she developed educational, employment, mentoring, and entrepreneurial skills services programs for low-income and vulnerable single parents, assisted in the development of YouthWorks youth street theatre and entrepreneurial project, and supervised staff and program volunteers in field offices in four Michigan counties.
Ginger holds a Masters Degree in Communication from Western Michigan University. Her undergraduate degrees are in Sociology & Anthropology and Psychology from North Central College in Naperville, IL.
When she is not working, Ginger can be found hiding up north at her lakeside cabin or walking in the woods with her 2 Golden Retrievers.
206 W. Court Street