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Lynn Rabaut

Executive Director - Griffins Youth Foundation

E-mail: director@griffinskids.org

Phone: (616) 970-5437

Biography:




Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2014-15): 9

What you love most about working for the Griffins: Watching the children we serve grow in strength and confidence.

Favorite Griffins memory: Opening night. What a great event for this community!

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Hudler and Bootland, both players were great with our players when they played against our Sled Wing team.

Best thing about your job: Working with children.

Hometown: St. Clair Shores, Michigan

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Michigan

Spouse’s name/year you were married: Lou 1974

Children: Neil, Louis and Liza

Pets (name, type of animal): Two cats, Coney and Grubby

College degree/year/school: Masters in Public Administration 2004, Grand Valley University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Nancy Kerrigan and Mia Hamm

Personal/professional hero(es): My husband and parents

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A bookkeeper

First job/your age: Church secretary, 16

Current dream job: Managing a larger version of the Youth Foundation.

If you could trade places for a day with another occupation/person, what/who would it be?: My mom so I could see what it was like to have me as a child!

Proudest professional accomplishment: Convincing a donor to donate 48 acres of land to the city for parkland.

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: While on the Grand Rapids City Commission, I referred to a “past mayor” as the “late mayor” and he was in the audience!

Professional memberships/civic leadership positions: I currently serve as vice chair on Grand Rapids' Economic Development/Brownfield Redevelopment Board. I served on the Grand Rapids City Commission from 1998 through 2005.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: The Youth Foundation and RSVP, which is the retired senior volunteer program that supplies thousands of volunteer hours in our community.

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Zip lined over a rain forest in the Caribbean.

Sports played growing up: Bowling, baseball, diving and swimming.

Hidden (or not so hidden) talents: Multi tasking

An interesting fact about you: I am married to my brother’s wife’s brother.

Favorite foods: Scallops, asparagus and hot fudge sundays.

Favorite music artists: Chicago

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: To dance with the White Dog by Terry Kay.

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): MSU hockey and Red Wings

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Gardening, reading and biking.

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