James McHale earned his bachelor's degree in public relations and journalism at Western Michigan University, and his master's in business administration at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. Currently, Jim is assistant vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role he assists the president and chief executive officer in a wide range of administrative and program- related duties and activities. He is also responsible for the Foundation's programming in the greater Battle Creek area. Before joining the Foundation in 1993, Jim was a community foundation program associate for the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in Grand Haven. There, he was responsible for helping to implement a $35 million challenge grant to build and strengthen community foundations throughout Michigan. Jim also developed an annual statewide youth leadership conference and represents CMF on youthrelated issues. Jim has worked as a development manager and marketing specialist for Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan, and as a development associate for St. Mary's Health Service in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, Jim founded Camp Catch-A-Rainbow, a summer program for children with cancer, and helped establish a program for children in Russia. He also co-founded Kalamazoo Special Skiing, a program that trains the blind and physically disabled how to downhill ski. He served on boards of the Family Y Center, the Community Prayer Breakfast, and the Minority Health Advisory Board, and also chaired the 2000 Greater Battle Creek United Way Campaign.