Zosia Eppensteiner, CEO
Zosia was raised in Gdansk, Poland, and holds a Math Education Master’s degree and a Sociology Master’s degree from University of Gdansk, Poland. Zosia relocated to Marquette in June, 2005. Zosia has over eight years of experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining Community Foundation of Marquette County, Eppensteiner was serving as customer service manager at Wells Fargo Bank and First Merit Bank. In addition to her duties at the Foundation, Zosia teaches evening math classes at Northern Michigan University.
Zosia and her husband Eric live in Marquette. They enjoy spending time outdoors with their son, Max and their dog, Nala.
Emma Schultz, Program Associate
Emma Schultz has been with the Foundation since the beginning of 2018. Emma is a 2017 graduate of Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. During her time at Northern she volunteered with CSNMU and was an intern at Travel Marquette.
“I appreciate being a part of the community in Marquette County, from growing up in Ishpeming, working in Marquette and now living in Michigamme, it’s exciting to see aspects of the Foundation all throughout our area. ”
Emma enjoys taking hikes, fishing and spending time with her family, friends, husband and two dogs at their house on Lake Michigamme.
Breann Steeland, Administrative and Finance Assistant
Breann, who goes by Bea, joined the Community Foundation in 2021. Bea grew up in metro Detroit, and relocated to Marquette to attend Northern Michigan University in 2011. Bea brings the Foundation fifteen years of experience in the finance industry, along with a varied background in administration and customer service. Before joining our team, Bea worked as the owner services coordinator and finance assistant at the Marquette Food Co-op. While working at the Co-op, Bea served on the board for the Partridge Creek Farm in Ishpeming, MI.
“I grew up in a large metro area, so assimilating into a smaller, tight-knit community has been an incredible experience,” Bea said. “Marquette is very special to me, and being able to be a part of helping our community grow and thrive provides a fulfilling sense of purpose. I am very grateful to be able carry that on through my position at the Foundation.”
Bea lives in Marquette and enjoys spending time with her partner and her family. She is an avid reader, gardener, foodie, and loves to wander in the woods in all types of weather.
Melissa Matuscak Alan, Donor & Community Outreach Associate
Melissa joined the Foundation in 2020. Originally from lower Michigan, Melissa has called Marquette home for 17 years. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from NMU in 2002, and a Masters in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Shortly after finishing graduate school, she returned to Marquette where she was Director and Curator of the DeVos Art Museum at NMU from 2007-2018. Melissa serves on the board of the Liberty Children’s Art Project in Marquette and is an advisor to the John Lautner Foundation based in Los Angeles.
Melissa lives in Marquette with her husband, son, dog and two cats. They enjoy gardening, cooking and playing in the woods on their ten-acre homestead.
Katie Buhrmann, NMU Intern
Kathryn, who goes by Katie, joined the foundation in 2019. Katie is a student at Northern Michigan University, studying English/Writing, International Studies, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Prior to her time at NMU, she was a volunteer member of the Marquette Youth Advisory Committee, serving a term as YAC president in 2009 and Board of Trustees youth member in 2012.
“I’ve spent all 27 years of my life living on a main street in Marquette. I briefly traveled out of the country a few years ago, and really enjoyed myself; however, Marquette will always be home. From the lake to the landscape to the people, the U.P. is the most lovely place I know.”
After graduation, Katie intends on moving to South Korea to teach English as a Second Language. In her free time, Katie enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with loved ones.