Board Members


Meet our passionate board members

Josh Thompson
Josh Thompson
CEO/Founder: Climax® Comfort, Climax® Jeans, Climax Marketing and Climax® Clothing Company
Founder/ President: Hands Up Foundation

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Josh has owned over many different businesses nationwide. Having 23 years’ experience as a business owner in numerous fields he has a vast experience in many facets of the business world, from startups to take overs.

Cody Livingston
Director of Corporate Partnership
Cody joined the Hands Up board in the Spring of 2018. He works as the Director of Corporate Partnership with the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball organization and has a passion for serving the local community.
Chris Tarkowski, CFP®
V.P., Wealth Advisor

Chris currently sits on the Board of Directors for Hands Up Foundation as well as the Corporal Christopher Kelly Willis Foundation.

Mike Charvat
Owner of Charvat Insurance Agency
Owner of Charvat Insurance Agency, Three Rivers MI. Raised in Mattawan (89), BBA from WMU (93) and 20+ years in SW Michigan as a business owner.
Ross W. Keilen
owner and managing member of Keilen Law, PLC
Keilen Law assists corporations, small-business owners, and individual clients in matters of litigation, business and corporate formation, business and corporate transactions, estate planning, estate litigation, estate administration, divorce, real estate, personal injury, and other complex litigation.
Travis May
Financial Representative
Travis is a Financial Representative at Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial in Kalamazoo. Travis earned his BA and MA at Western Michigan University where he also played on the baseball team. He is passionate about helping all of his clients maneuver their unique path to financial security.
Todd Heeter
President, Great Lakes West
Todd has over 17 years of experience in the business, having started out working under his father’s direction.
Gregory S. Wood
Director of Operations, Icon Properties
Greg has lived in Portage for most of his life and attended Portage Northern High School and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. After spending years in the construction business, Greg began buying and selling houses. This eventually led to becoming a REALTOR® and he joined the ranks with other top producing
agents in the area.

Help us make a difference!

We are constantly adding new nonprofits to the list of organizations we work to fundraise for, and have gained the support of many local businesses to further the vision of Hands Up Foundation. Be apart of it!