Nonprofit hires advancement officer


Kori Thompson. Courtesy Wedgwood Christian Services

A local nonprofit that serves at-risk youth has named a new advancement officer.

Grand Rapids-based Wedgwood Christian Services said last week it hired Kori Thompson for the role.

“Kori has a tremendous ability to connect with people, share her enthusiasm and build relationships,” said Vivian TerMaat, chief advancement officer, Wedgwood Christian Services. “Her dynamism combined with her tenacity are excellent building blocks for a career in development.”

Most recently, Thompson worked as a senior admissions counselor for Cornerstone University, traveling throughout the Midwest to meet prospective students and their families.

She was a human resources intern for Wedgwood in 2014.

She has also volunteered for Sabaoth Ministries and Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit administration in 2015 and recently completed an M.B.A. in global business, both from Cornerstone University.

“I have seen first-hand how the services at Wedgwood Christian Services impact the lives of children in our community, and I feel blessed to be a part of that mission,” Thompson said. “Not only do these services show children and teens that they have value, but it also recognizes that they have the power to overcome some of life’s most difficult circumstances.”


Founded in 1960, Wedgewood Christian Services works with youth and families dealing with issues such as sex trafficking, abuse, substance abuse, developmental delays and school expulsions.

Last year, the nonprofit worked with more than 11,000 people.

Wedgwood’s main campus, including 10 residential homes, is in Grand Rapids. It also has an office in Muskegon.

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