Phoenix Society appoints new leadership

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Michael Gantt. Courtesy Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Grand Rapids-based Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors hired Michael Gantt as COO and appointed Sandra Cramonlini to its board of directors.

Gantt will work alongside Phoenix Society’s leadership and board of directors to set forth and carry out a strategic business plan while leading the charge to build a sustainable organization.

Gantt brings 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Before Phoenix Society, he held the role of CFO for John Ball Zoo where he worked as the CEO’s right hand to ensure strategic decision-making on any financial or business decision.

He also worked with the organization’s board of directors on matters of financial integrity, oversight and best practices. Additionally, Gantt worked with his colleagues to put forth and sustain best practices for fiscal management in support of John Ball’s mission, in addition to providing all leadership and direction related to the organization’s financial activity.

Gantt also has previous experience working for other nonprofit organizations such as The Family Institute of Northwestern University and Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

“Michael’s 25 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, finance and strategic growth will bring incredible value to our team, the Phoenix Society and the burn community we serve,” said Phoenix Society Executive Director Amy Acton.

Sandra Cramolini. Courtesy Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors

Cramonlini is a health care consultant who stays involved in the burn community after retiring from 40 years spent in the health care industry. Prior to her retirement, Cramonlini was a nursing administrator for the Leon S. Peters Burn Center and program in Fresno, California, setting forth a solid foundation for her ability to care for adult and pediatric patients, critical care, supply chain and revenue management. Cramonlini also is a Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) instructor for peer supporters of burn victims.

“Sandra’s career as a nursing administrator, and her role leading one of the most progressive burn centers addressing the needs of those impacted by burn injuries in the acute setting and after discharge, makes her a perfect fit for our board,” Acton said. “We are laser-focused on strategies that help facilitate the transition from acute care to living with a burn injury.”

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