The Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship and land stewardship. Our entrepreneurship programs, which revolve around education, recognition and research, focus narrowly on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. Our land stewardship initiatives play out at Big Rock Valley, our 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan, where we are committed to preserving the property’s unique biodiversity through innovative land management practices.

Dan Wyant

Chairman & President
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As president and COO of the Edward Lowe Foundation, Dan Wyant oversees daily operations and execution of strategy. This includes evaluation of the organization’s current entrepreneurship and land stewardship initiatives and determining new programmatic direction. He also serves as vice chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees, a role he has held since 1998, acting as an interface between the board and management team.

Mike McCuistion

VP of Physical Resources

Don Bauters

Dir. of Finance & Treasurer

Kathy Browning

Director of Administration

Colleen Killen-Roberts

Div. VP of Entrepreneurship

Colleen Killen-Roberts

Divisional VP of Entrepreneurship
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In her current role she leads the entrepreneurship team in developing programs that help second-stage entrepreneurs get to the next level, including the System for Integrated Growth, PeerSpectives® Roundtables, the American Academy of Entrepreneurs and Leader Retreats at Big Rock Valley. Killen-Roberts also cultivates appropriate partners to deliver these programs throughout the country and manages the rollout process.

Chris Ryback

Director of IT & Heritage

Dino Signore

Mgr of Entrepreneurial Ed.

Joy Kitamori

Partner Relationship Manager

Kelli Saunders

Sr Executive Specialist

Nancy Goodrich

Mgr Admin Services

Paul Bateson

GM of External Relations

Rita Phillips

Retreat Manager

Robin Joye

Program Manager

TJ Becker

Marketing Comm Mgr

Ed Lowe

Ed Lowe invented Kitty Litter in 1947. A cleaner alternative to the ashes and sand previously used in litter boxes, clay-based Kitty Litter enabled more cats to remain indoors and reshaped U.S. pet demographics, with cats outnumbering dogs. What’s more, this simple product led to the creation of an entirely new industry, and today the cat litter business generates annual U.S. sales of nearly $2 billion.

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Darlene Lowe

An entrepreneur herself, Darlene established her own interior design business, Haymarket Interiors, in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, she became vice president of design and facilities planning at Edward Lowe Industries, where she managed the design and renovation of more than 80 diverse projects, including the foundation’s 2,000-acre campus, Big Rock Valley.

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Don Bauters

Director of Finance and Treasurer
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Don Bauters joined Edward Lowe Industries (ELI) and the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1986. He has held a variety of financial positions and was promoted to director of finance and treasurer in 1990.

Matt James


Donna Kretchman

Accounting & Payroll

Mike McCuistion

VP of Physical Resources
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As vice president of physical resources for the Edward Lowe Foundation, Mike McCuistion oversees all the organization’s facilities, equipment and properties, risk management, safety and security.

Debra Barnum

Guest Services

Brenda Blough


Linda Boersma

HR Manager

Susan Cain


Perry Cochran

Bldg Maint Painter

Ken Cox

Security Manager

Rhonda Ivens

Guest Services

Keith Green

Grounds Maint Labor

Michelle Kline

Property Mgr/Office Mgr

Chris Newton

Grounds Maint Labor

Julie Pond

Guest Services Mgr

Owen Rice

Grounds Maint Labor

Jose Ruiz


Jay Suseland

Grounds Maint Mgr

Jon VanSchoick

Facilities Maint Mgr

Jarod Reibel

Conserv. Stewardship Land Mgr

Mark Jeleniewski

Building Maint

Board of Trustees (left to right): Pete Pairitz, Paul Bowles, Darlene Lowe, Monica Wyant, Jack Pycik and Dan Wyant

Management Team (left to right): Don Bauters, Kathy Browning, Dan Wyant, Darlene Lowe, Mike McCuiston, and Colleen Killen-Roberts

Ed and Darlene Lowe 1992