Meet Our Board of Directors

The Construction Allies in Action Board of Directors helps guide the organization, as well as the Strong Foundations Program, to help create generational change for underrepresented contractors in Michigan.

Nate Beene

Nate Beene

Board Member

Nate was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He is one of five siblings – all engaged in social enterprise and community development work in Grand Rapids.  Nate has been married to his lovely wife for 10 years and has four children ages 13, 7, 4, and 1. 

As CEO of Building Bridges Professional Services and Rising Grinds Cafe, two social enterprises a part of the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation network, his role is to be the visionary and drive results through leadership development, key stakeholder engagement, and new business development. Nate is passionate about developing and providing opportunities to indigenous entrepreneurs and incubating and operating transformational businesses that seek impact outside of just profits.  Nate also serves as co-chairman of the West Michigan Minority Contractors Association where he advocates for equity and diversity in the construction industry across West Michigan.

Sarah Chartier

Sarah Chartier

Board Member

Over the past decade, Sarah Chartier has held various sustainability roles at Spectrum Health. As the Senior Sustainability Project Manager, she leads the collective sustainability program for Spectrum Health including environmental initiatives and supplier diversity. Sarah is a board president of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Access West Michigan board member, Grand Rapids 2030 District Advisory Council, PMP certified, received her Executive MBA from GVSU, and is a proud born and raised Yooper. 

Greg May

Greg May

Board Member

Gregory May Jr. is the founder and CEO of Nexus Technology Services & X(US) Hosting, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 15 years of experience in the low-voltage and technology industry with five of the latter years as an owner. Greg has continued to grow his business by completing notable projects for local, regional, and national clients such as Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce, Big Lots, Flex High Charter Schools, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Dutch Treat Foods. Greg has made it a company policy to ensure he gives all willing employees, who typically do not get the opportunity to be a part of a fast-growing industry, a valued position with his company.

A Grand Rapids native, Greg enjoys hobbies such as chess, basketball, and tinkering. He has 4 children who are all regularly active in many activities, which he loves being a part of. Greg is a second-generation business owner and attributes a lot of his success to the wisdom passed on from his mother and father.

Tom Cizauskas

Tom Cizauskas

Board Member

Tom Cizauskas is the Purchasing Manager for the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority. He is charged with ensuring all procurement activities comply with professional codes of ethics as well as established Authority policies and procedures. He manages procurement operations associated with the Airport’s vehicle fleet and oversees all Authority purchases of goods and services. In the 5 years Tom has been with the Authority, he has streamlined the procurement process by creating guidelines and facilitating the bidding process in-house, saving time and money. Tom also created the Authority’s Vendor Equality/Inclusion Policy and guarantees its compliance. Prior to Tom joining the GFIAA team, he rose up the ranks in the purchasing division of the County of Kent where he gathered much hands-on experience. Tom earned his MBA from Cornerstone University and holds a B.S. in History from Grand Valley State University.

Elizabeth Bovard Strong

Elizabeth Bovard Strong

Board Member

Elizabeth Bovard Strong is the Executive Vice President of the Builders Exchange of Michigan, a construction association and online plan room that connects its members to projects and other contractors to establish strong relationships within the construction community. She is a problem solver with a wide range of experience managing people, projects, and products. Elizabeth is passionate about creating generational change for underrepresented contractors within the construction industry through actionable items and transparency. She places high importance on giving back to the community, by donating proceeds from events to impactful local organizations like Guiding Light, Mel Trotter Ministries, and The Deborah House.