Our Interact students will lead this luncheon today as part of their leadership involvement with our Club. These students join us from Catholic Central High School, City High Middle School, East Grand Rapids High School, Grand Rapids Christian School, Ottawa Hills High School, Union High School and West Catholic High School.
They will moderate the luncheon, lead the song and invocation, act as greeters and introducers of guests and have chosen Christy Buck to be their guest speaker.
Christy Buck is the Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan. With 33 years experience in the mental health field, Buck’s passion for transforming and saving lives through mental health education led her to develop two classroom programs, ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ for middle and high school students, and ‘be nice.’ Since 2006, she and her staff have passionately presented to over 100,000 people in West Michigan on mental health awareness, bullying and suicide prevention. Christy regularly delivers speaking engagements to community and business groups on mental health awareness. She is certified in Mental Health First Aid and has been recognized as one of the top 100 in the country.
Christy serves on the Grandville School Board and is involved with numerous community organizations and coalitions. Most recent honors include 2017 American Red Cross Hometown, 2017 Athena Finalist, 2017 Art Van Charity of Hope Award, 2018 50 Most Influential Women In West Michigan, 2019 Daughters of the American Revolution Women In History and most recently finalist for Brilliance Award Woman of the Year. Christy is married and a mother of three amazing children. She is a proud graduate of Michigan State University.