Tamela Spicer is a program manager in nonprofit services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. She works primarily with faith-based clients, and specializes in organizational structure, fund development, and strategic planning. Tamela is also a certified executive coach and leads the Johnson Center’s Executive Coaching Program.
Prior to joining the staff at the Johnson Center in February 2016, Spicer served as a Regional Development Director for The Salvation Army, Regional Director for the Arthritis Foundation, and Executive Director for Flat River Outreach Ministries.
Spicer serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and is active in Rotary. She previously served on the board of Lowell Light & Power. Tamela holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education and theology from Aquinas College, as well as a master’s degree in communications from Spring Arbor University. In addition to her role at the Johnson Center, Spicer is a part-time faculty member in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.
Tamela grew up in Lowell, Michigan and currently resides in Jenison with her cats and two roommates, who also happen to be her grown children. In her spare time she enjoys traveling (as much as possible), writing, and many nights at the symphony.