2017 Board Members

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Breannah Alexander | breannah@ynpngr.org
Director of Strategic Programs, Partners for a Racism Free Community

What is your educational background and where do you work?
Studied Criminal Justice and Public Administration at Grand Valley State University; currently working as the Program Administrator for Partners for a Racism-Free Community.
Why are you passionate about the nonprofit sector?
My favorite quote is the one from Margaret Mead when she said "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." The nonprofit sector exists to serve the most vulnerable populations in our communities - I am passionate about ensuring that this sector of the few is equipped with individuals who have the tools to elevate and serve those in need of our work.
What is your favorite part about YNPN?
I love that YNPN connects young nonprofit professionals to one another; in a sector that is often taxing on the soul because of the tough issues we are tasked with tackling it is important to create a support network where we can lean on one another for support and inspiration. 

Nika Kusmierz | nika@ynpngr.org
Volunteer & Special Events Manager, Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

What is your educational background and where do you work?
I graduated in 2014 from GVSU with a B.S in Sociology and a Minor in Women and Gender Studies. I work as the Program Coordinator for Kent County Girls on the Run.

Why are you passionate about the nonprofit sector?
I am passionate about the work I do because it needs to be done. We live in a society where girls are undervalued on a daily basis and working for an organization that is constantly giving our young girls a voice is something I have always dreamed of doing. I have the opportunity to impact girls' in our community on a daily basis and I love it! 

What is your favorite part about YNPN?
My favorite part about YNPN is the community of peers. I love having a safe space to go to laugh, talk, complain (only sometimes :)), and work to expand and diversify the opportunities and advancements for young individuals throughout Grand Rapids in the Nonprofit sector.


Autumn Hubbard | autumn@ynpngr.org









Beth McEwen| beth@ynpngr.org


Lyndsay Flagel 


Kevin Yeomans








Leonard Vielma Jr. | lenny@ynpngr.org 

Employee Experience Specialist, Spectrum Health Human Resources

What is your educational background and where do you work?Graduate from Michigan State University.  I work in Human Resources at Spectrum Health.

Why are you passionate about what you do?

I’m passionate about helping those in need, whether it’s at work or volunteering.  It’s truly a rewarding and humbling experience.

What is your favorite part of YNPN?

I really enjoy the relationships I’ve built through YNPN.  This is an amazing group that is passionate about the nonprofit sector.  The programs that YNPN puts together are fantastic, especially the ones geared toward career development.


Chelsea Wojes





Bryana Hopkins | bryana@ynpngr.org
Volunteer Manager, Family Futures

What is your educational background and where do you work?

I have a Master’s in International Development Administration with an emphasis on Planning & Nonprofit Management from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science from Grand Valley State University. I serve as the Volunteer Manager at Family Futures, overseeing our volunteer and internship programs as well as a wide-range of other projects and events.

Why are you passionate about what you do?

I truly believe in the mission and approach of Family Futures. Prevention-based programming focused on strengthening families and the promotion of healthy development has the ability to make a huge impact not only on the children enrolled in our programs, but on our community as a whole. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support this work everyday and to help bring together a diverse group of individuals who also see the importance of what we do and are endlessly willing to contribute their time and talents.

What is your favorite part about YNPN?
My favorite part about YNPN is the members. There is a great wealth of talent and energy in our community of young nonprofit professionals and it is exciting to be a part of it and to support efforts to further develop and strengthen this community.


Mallory Buth | mallory@ynpngr.org 

Manager, Donor & Corporate Relations, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids

What is your educational background and where do you work?

I graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. I  am the Manager of Donor and Corporate Relations at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids.

Why are you passionate about what you do?
I'm passionate to make connections in the community and help those in need. What a great feeling and experience it is to give back and to make a positive impact on the community.

What is your favorite part about YNPN?
My favorite part of YNPN is the relationships and the professional development & educational opportunities it provides.






Olivia Jenison | olivia@ynpngr.org 

Board Relations Coordinator, National Heritage Academies
What is your educational background and where do you work?

I graduated with my B.S. from Grand Valley State University in Public and Nonprofit Administration with an emphasis in Public Personnel Policy. I currently work at National Heritage Academies as a Board Relations Coordinator. In this position I work to coordinate and manage 26 school boards in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.


Why are you passionate about what you do?
I grew up going to private schools where I often found myself fundraising for trips, sports, and just the school in general. Until college I did not realize that these skills and my love for people were strengths I could translate into a career. Once I realized this, I fell in love with helping others for a job. I find working to advocate for others rewarding and I love getting up everyday to go to work.


What is your favorite part about YNPN?
My favorite part of YNPN is the people. I love the ability to network and get to know others in the sector. Being a part of YNPN often gives me hope that our next generation of leaders will focus on philanthropy and helping others, which will make Grand Rapids and our world a better place.

Latrisha Sosebee | latrisha@ynpngr.org 
Assistant Property Manager for Heartside District, Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids

What is your educational background and where do you work?

I graduated from GVSU with a BBA in Marketing,  Minor in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I currently work at Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids as the Assistant Property Manager for Heartside District. 

Why are you passionate about the nonprofit sector?
I have always wanted to be part of the change. Often in our sector we are advocating for those who have lost their voice or feel as if their voice may have lost them. I am passionate about listening to such individuals and working together to make our community a better place for all its residents.

What is your favorite part about YNPN?
Making connections is my favorite part about being involved with YNPN. I am able to link with other young professionals who are working hard toward their goals; goals that happen to closely align with my own. These relationships build a strong sense of community among us as an organization and help us to better go out into the world as strong, confident leaders in the non-profit sector.
















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