Denise is the director of planned giving for Cranbrook Educational Community, an internationally renowned center for the arts, education, science and culture in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
She began her career at the Kalamazoo County Chamber of Commerce managing a monthly business newsletter and working with committees on small business issues. In 1979, she defined her career path and began a financial services marketing career at Educational Community Credit Union. Over the next 20 years, Denise built on her marketing and communication experience as assistant vice-president for First Federal of Kalamazoo and as vice-president for marketing with Standard Federal Bank in Troy, Michigan.
In 1999, Denise decided to pursue a completely different profession as a non-profit fundraiser. She became interested in the specialized field of planned giving while working for Matrix Human Services and then the University of Detroit Mercy. Denise became the director of planned giving for Cranbrook Educational Community in 2003, where she manages the program and solicits gifts for all divisions of the Community. A National Historic Landmark, Cranbrook is an internationally recognized center for arts, science, and education. Cranbrook Educational Community is composed of Cranbrook's schools (Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School, and Brookside Lower School), Academy of Art, Art Museum, Institute of Science, and other affiliated groups.
Denise serves on the board of The Children's Center in Detroit. She also serves as vice-president for The Planned Giving Roundtable of Southeastern Michigan, a trade group for estate-planning and non-profit planned giving professionals. She is a speaker and advocate for the Leave a Legacy Program for Southeast Michigan.
Denise and her husband Dave Richards are avid golfers and live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan