Marjie has worked in the field of women and children’s health her entire career. She received her Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University, and her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Marjie directed the former Doula Teen Parent Program for over three years. After a two year hiatus, she returned to direct the revamped and renamed Generations Ahead. Marjie recognizes and respects the challenging situations teen and young adults face, and loves helping them grow and develop into strong parents and fierce advocates for their children.
In the Grand Traverse area, Marjie has managed adolescent health clinics, directed a breastfeeding program, and conducted community health assessment work at the Grand Traverse County Health Department. Marjie has taught at Grand Valley State University, including courses on Health Care and Women’s Studies.
In addition to her direct work in public health, Marjie also served on the TCAPS school board for six years, including two as president. Her earlier professional work was in New York City, working in International Women’s Health.
Marjie and her husband, Roger Gerstle, have lived in Traverse City since 1994. They have three adult daughters and a well-loved dog. Marjie spends her downtime doing most anything outdoors: kayaking, biking to the farmer’s market, gardening, cross-country skiing, backpacking with her family, and traveling around the world.
Sarah grew up in Southern Michigan on a farm with acres of outdoor play. At an early age she learned the value of nature and hands-on exploration. Higher education was spent on the east coast studying Therapeutic Recreation and Experiential Education which placed her in overnight and day camp leadership positions. A return to Michigan sent her and her family to Traverse City where she soon found herself in education as an administrator at The Greenspire School. There, she worked not only with students and educators but also community members and parents to facilitate a unique, rich education.
One of Sarah’s values that brought her to Generations Ahead is her love of community. Her belief that everyone is in need at some point and that there is always someone available to help, encourages her to connect people to each other. Sarah’s experience raising 4 children and her love for coaching others makes her excited to support young parents navigate parenting.
When not working, Sarah can be found watching (or dancing to) live music, repotting plants, jogging on a trail or lounging with her cats and a good book. She also likes creating opportunities for people to meet each other and build friendships (aka parties).
Robin brings a wealth of experience working most recently as a contractor with the MI Department of Health and Human Services in their Foster Care and CPS Parenting Time Support programs, as well as providing Direct Family Assistance.
Robin is a long time resident of Traverse City and is in love with all of the beauty that this region has to offer. In her down time, she enjoys taking hikes with her husband and her dog Milla. She also loves to read, travel, and learn about other cultures. When she can't travel she enjoys living vicariously through travel blogs on Youtube.
She is excited to be able to continue her work helping families and children in our Community.
Lauren has worked in a variety of industries and positions throughout her career including: training manager for a start-up software company, project manager for the innovation department of a Health Network, assistant college soccer coach, and elementary school teacher. Most recently, she she served as the Director of Community Engagement at the Traverse Bay Children's Advocacy Center (TBCAC).
Lauren moved to Traverse City in 2021 with her husband (Ben) and two children (Kolby, 5 and Beau, 2). In her free time (which rarely exists with 2 young kiddos), she enjoys taking on a home renovation project, thrifting, hiking, and listening to some good tunes with her family and friends.
Lauren manages the office, including overseeing our baby pantry. She also leads our communication efforts.