We remember Joan Crandall, Deb Bailey, and Jayne Schafer.


Joan Crandall
Pioneer of the WRC

Joan Hamann (Crandall) was a beloved pioneer of the Women’s Resource Center. Joan was the very first Board Chair and also served as Executive Director.

“I had the opportunity to spend time with Joan over the past couple of years,” said CEO Sandra Gaddy. “She was just as passionate about our work now as she was in 1973.” Two years ago, Joan shared with our team Senate Resolution No. 169, a 1981 tribute from the Michigan Senate Office for our advocacy and work in leading the charge on preventing Sexual Harassment in the workplace.


Deb Bailey
Former WRC Team Member

Deb Bailey started working at the WRC in the mid 70s, around the time we moved into space donated by the Grand Rapids Community College. She was excited to work alongside trailblazing women who were offering progressive programming during this time.

Deb considered it a privilege to help women realize that until they were able to take care of themselves, they were incapable of taking care of others.


Jayne Schafer
Former WRC Team Member

Jayne was an integral part of our WRC team in the 1980s. She found pride in advancing women in the workplace and impacted many West Michigan women through her tenure at the WRC. She will be remembered for her wisdom, generosity, and keen interest in community.


Our hearts are with all the families of WRC partners who have passed this year. Thank you to all who have shared their legacies with our team.