GRAND HAVEN, MI, Monday, June 1, 2020 – Gracious Grounds, a Grand Haven-based non-profit housing organization for adults with unique abilities has hired David Burdo as its new executive director. The organization’s founder and most recent executive director, Sandy Baker, retired at the end of 2019. Burdo joins Gracious Grounds as executive director following a career that includes 15 years of leadership and law practice in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

A Kalamazoo native, David received a degree in Business Finance from Butler University, followed by a Juris Doctor from the University of Dayton School of Law. Following nine years of practice as an attorney, David most recently served as the Director of Membership and Marketing, as well as Interim Executive Director, at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

“We conducted a regional search for this position utilizing the expertise of HR Collaborative, a Grand Rapids- based consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit recruitment, explained Katie Appold, board president. “Given the scope and thoroughness of our search, it was a pleasant surprise to have David, a Tri-Cities resident and community leader, rise to the top. His professionalism and track record for serving this community are impeccable. We cannot wait to see how he furthers the mission of Gracious Grounds.”
Burdo is an active member of the Tri-Cities Kiwanis Club, serves on the Board of Directors with the People Center and Dunegrass Healing LLC, coaches youth hockey with the Muskegon Chiefs and is a graduate of Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce Leadership Connect.
“I am both honored and excited to join Gracious Grounds and to lead a passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers,” said Burdo. “I look forward to ensuring that we will continue to be a resource and meet the needs for our growing community.”


About Gracious Grounds – Established as a 501c3 in 2014, Gracious Grounds looks beyond limitations to create an environment that is affordable, friendly and resident-centered. The organization emphasizes life enriching activities and togetherness by promoting: community involvement, inclusion, employability skills and opportunities, daily living skills and spirituality. Gracious Grounds owns one property and master-leases two others, each offering a different level of semi-independent living for adults with special needs and serving a total of 15 residents, at the moment and growing to serve 50 residents in August, 2020.

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To schedule interviews or for further information, please contact:
David Burdo, Executive Director
Katie Appold, Board President

Download this press release: Gracious Grounds ED Announcement