Tim, Courtney (wife), Lottie (5-year-old), and Ella (2-year-old) moved to Grosse Pointe Park in July 2017. While Tim is originally from the Chicago-land area, his wife grew up in the Grosse Pointe area, and his in-laws were both raised in Grosse Pointe Park.
Lottie, who wants to be a future police officer, chef, teacher, artist, musician, soccer player, and airplane pilot, currently attends Assumption Nursery School in St. Clair Shores, and is enrolled at Defer Elementary School for the Fall 2021. Ella currently spends her days riding her scooter all over Grosse Pointe Park in search of puppies to pet, with a daily visit to Cornwall Bakery for an apple turnover, and is enrolled at the Trombly Early Childhood Center for the Fall 2021.
Tim’s mother-in-law, lovingly referred to as “Saint Jane” or “Mimi” is a blessing to have around and is a perceived rock-star to Lottie.
Jane gets her rock star status as having retired from Trombly in 2017, any visit with her granddaughters to Windmill Pointe Park or Patterson Park inevitably results in kids and/or parents coming up and saying hello to Mrs. McCaughrin. Today, Mimi spends her retirement giving endless amounts of love and attention to her granddaughters.
Of course, no visit to Windmill Pointe Park or Patterson Park seems to occur without running into “Pop-Pop” who works for the Parks and Recreation Department for Grosse Pointe Park. Any time the family goes to either Park, and Pop-Pop is working, they know to plan for an extra ten minutes as it is almost certain that Pop-Pop will be engaging with some neighbors about the weather, the freighters passing through Lake St. Clair that morning, or any other number of topics.
Professional, Educational, Philanthropic Background
Tim is currently a State Office Administrator for the State of Michigan, Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Prior to entering public service, Tim spent 14 years as a management consultant specializing in fraud investigations, forensic accounting matters, and dispute services. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-kolar-/) Some recent highlights of Tim’s professional service include:
- Co-Chair of the Attorney General Fraud Task Force
- Recipient of back-to-back program excellence awards from the United States Department of Labor
- Nationally acclaimed subject matter expert on state workforce agency issues
- Frequently requested speaker for the National Association State Workforce Agencies and other professional organizations
Tim earned degrees in Accounting, Finance and International Studies from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University – Bloomington, and is currently an MBA Candidate in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign focusing on Strategic Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Philanthropy and service to the community have always been a focus for Tim. In Chicago, Tim served as the Vice President, Board of Directors, as well as the Treasurer, Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County for nearly 6 years.
CASA is a national organization of volunteers that stand up for children who have experienced abuse and neglect in an overwhelmed and extremely under-resourced foster care system. Finding vulnerable children a safe and permanent home is the mission of CASA. Tim points to his time as a Board Member for CASA of Cook County as one of his life’s most fulfilling and impactful experiences to date.
While a Board Member, Tim founded the CASA Marathon Team, created an Associates Board for Young Professionals, and spearheaded efforts for an Annual Gala, all of which live on today and have significantly impacted the awareness of, and financial support for, the organization. That increased awareness and support allows for more volunteers to be trained, which means more vulnerable children get their voice.
Tim also served as the Board Treasurer, Jarrett Payton Foundation for multiple years. The Foundation offered programs that strove to impact the lives of children and adolescents physically, emotionally, and psychologically by creating and providing programs that present a wide variety of opportunities specifically designed to develop their leadership skills and enrich their lives. Signature program was PROJECT: NO BULL which is an in-school, anti-bullying program aimed at the middle school population.
Since moving to Grosse Pointe Park, Tim has continued his active involvement in philanthropic and community-based organizations. Tim has proudly been involved with Councilmember Darci McConnell in the Sustain Grosse Pointe Park initiative, and post-pandemic, will be blending some of the initiatives from Sustain Grosse Pointe Park into further initiatives to support the Grosse Pointe Park community.