Kevin Peterson | Nonprofit Services Program Coordinator, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin is an advocate for developing strong communities through resident engagement and empowerment. When not completing homework from his classes in the Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Management & Leadership program at GVSU, you can find Kevin kayaking, walking Aman park, snowshoeing, or likely volunteering out in the community. In 2019, Kevin served as the Chapter Support Fellow for YNPN National, where he provided technical assistance and coaching to the 44 chapters across the country. Kevin values YNPN-GR for its potential to both lift and support local talent by providing accessible and quality professional development and networking opportunities.
Rachel Humphreys | Development Director Affinity Mentoring | email@example.com
Rachel brings with her 10 years of experience from the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as well as a passion for racial equity and social justice. Rachel has a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University. Her emphasis is in organizational leadership and inclusion initiatives. She is passionate about community-building and empowering youth through mentorship. What she values about YNPN is the support and leadership opportunities for young nonprofit professionals. As the Development Director for Affinity Mentoring where she manages communications, community partnerships, and fund development. Before joining Affinity she served as the Director of Youth Services at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and as a consultant for the DeVos Foundation. In addition she has served as the Marketing Co-Chair of YNPN-GR, Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Outreach Committee at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, and is a mentor at Burton Elementary. Rachel is bilingual in English and Spanish. She lives in Wyoming with her twin daughters and rescue animals. She enjoys family bike-rides, refinishing furniture, and supporting local events.
Emily Brenner | Learning Services Program Associate, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily has a great appreciation for learning and is passionate about people having access to learning opportunities. She utilizes her passion in her work at the Johnson Center, and is bringing that same passion to the YNPN-GR board. Emily values YNPN because they focus on providing professional development and learning opportunities to nonprofit professionals in Grand Rapids, and she realizes how important those opportunities are for emerging nonprofit professionals. Emily is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration from GVSU. When she is not working or in class she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, baking, and catching up on her favorite shows.
Sarah Woolsey | Office Manager (Kent County Democratic Party) & Youth Development Professional (Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids) | email@example.com
Sarah enjoys working with nonprofit organizations to create positive change in communities. At YNPN.GR, she looks forward to helping strengthen internal processes and provide support for different programs and events. Sarah has a Master's of Public Administration from GVSU and currently works in both youth development and local politics. She also volunteers for an election reform organization and a disaster relief nonprofit. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, baking, and traveling.
Angel Barreto-Cruz | Founder, Loop Coding Center & Aztech.us | firstname.lastname@example.org
Angel helps leads the Strategic and Business Development for Loop Coding Center. Through his extensive work volunteering in the community, he can see the need for exposing diverse student groups to technology. He is also a founder of Aztech.us a digital development firm dedicated to the idea of equitable technologies.
Rossy Hughes | Regional Quality Assurance Manger,International Foster Care at Bethany Christian Services| email@example.com
Rossy is originally from Guatemala. She is a resourceful, dedicated-professional with years of experience in refugee and immigrant services and policy-advocacy in the United States. Rossy is the owner and founder of Rose Artisan; an LLC that empowers indigenous women from Guatemala by providing a marketplace for unique and artfully crafted products from these indigenous women. Rossy believes that opportunity and education are two powerful tools that cannot be taken for granted. As her educational background, she has a M.A. in International Development Management from WMU. Last but not least, she is a wife to her husband, Ross Hughes, and is a mom of a beautiful husky.
Educational Programming Chairs
Emily Mathein | Grants & Operations Associate, The Wege Foundation | firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily is devoted to advancing equity and advocating for environmental justice. She is currently working on her Masters in Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Grand Valley State University, where she also earned her undergraduate degree in Public and Non-Profit Administration. Emily is grateful for the strong sense of community and opportunities for growth she has found in YNPN GR and hopes to support fellow young non-profit professionals in their growth as well. Outside of work and school, she spends her free time doing yoga, snuggled up with a cup of tea, or reading some classic gothic literature.
Alica Woodrick | Philanthropy Officer, Annual Giving & Donor Relations, Saint Mary's Foundation | email@example.com
Alica loves helping others and sharing joy with them - in whatever capacity that she can. She values YNPN because it provides West Michigan young professionals opportunities to connect with local non-profit organizations, engage in continuous learning and growth through professional development, and serve the Grand Rapids community. What drove her to join the YNPN board was that she wanted to give back, be a part of, and serve an organization that provides so many opportunities for professionals to gain insight on the philanthropy sector in our community. When not working or in meetings, she loves spending quality time with her family and friends, staying active, traveling and exploring new places, and enjoying local breweries or places with delicious dessert!
Sarah Laman | Director of Marketing & Development, Comprenew | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah is a strong advocate for a more just and equitable community. Since graduating from Grand Valley State University’s School of Communications in 2011, she has devoted her time to serving various roles in the areas of environmental sustainability, workforce development, and early childhood support. As a YNPN.GR Board Member, she hopes to help provide other young people the resources they need to get involved in the causes they care about.
Frank Acosta Jr. | Digital Marketing Manager - Independent Bank | Frank@ynpngr.org
Frank is a dedicated and driven young marketing professional focused on making a difference in the community. When he’s not in the office, you can likely find him outdoors or spending quality time with his family and friends. He also volunteers weekly through Affinity Mentoring in Grand Rapids. As a new member to YNPN.GR, Frank is excited to learn more about the non-profit industry, network with like-minded individuals, and make a positive impact in any way he can. He earned an Associates in Science and Arts Degree from Muskegon Community College and a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing Degree from Davenport University.
Kasie Pickart | Executive Project Specialist, Hope Network | email@example.com
Kasie's passion is engaging in health care advocacy and policy, including educating elected officials. During her board term, she wants to create opportunities for others to network, learn, and develop skills as they begin their careers in the Grand Rapids community while keeping their passion for the nonprofit industry alive and thriving. When she is not at work, she enjoys kickboxing, taking her Morkie, Mila, on walks, trying new restaurants and burying herself in a good book. Kasie is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Primary Care Association Peer Leadership Award for advocacy work at Cherry Health and holds a Master's of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy & Administration from GVSU.
Alex Reyes | Public Health Educator-Kent County Health Department | Alex@ynpngr.org
Alex's passion is to advocate for equal opportunities of success throughout the community of Grand Rapids. Alex sought to join YNPN because of the opportunity to build community with other young professionals and values the mission of YNPN to promote professional growth and equality of success opportunities in the professional setting. Alex holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration. When not at work, he loves trying new restaurants, traveling, and going to the gym.
Leadership and Recognition Chairs
Winni Walsh | CNP Development Director, American Heart Association | firstname.lastname@example.org
What Winni values most about YNPN is the camaraderie and the mindset that members all truly want to see each other succeed. Members serve as a support system and a growth opportunity for one another, and are always willing to share their knowledge as well as lend a listening ear. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and watching Hulu. She is passionate about women's rights and ensuring healthcare for all. Winni wanted to join the board because she believes that she has a lot to learn from YNPN and she wanted more people in the sector to be aware of YNPN's resources. YNPN provides a space for both personal and professional peers to share, ask questions, and get support. She wanted to be a part of that!
Courtney Leeper | Advancement Coordinator, Logistics - Refugee Education Center | Courtney@ynpngr.org
Courtney has been working in the non-profit world since she graduated with a Bachelors from Northwest Missouri State. Courtney moved to Michigan just this fall and is currently the Advancement Coordinator, Logistics at the Refugee Education Center in Grand Rapids, MI. She has been loving Michigan and all it has to offer. She is excited to get more involved in the West Michigan nonprofit sector through working with the YNPN board and all it’s members.
Stacie Stephens | Site/Program Manager for Maple Health Home, Cherry Health | email@example.com
Stacie's passion is providing the opportunity for mental health care to all who want and need the services. She sought to join the YNPN.GR because of the opportunity to build community with other young professionals and values the fellowship around education and growth building that YNPN offers. She holds a Master's in Health Administration from GVSU. When not at work, she loves traveling, experiences new places, and trying new restaurants.
Michael Pratt | Senior Associate, Ktisis Capital | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael is passionate about advancing equity and justice - in organizations, communities, and society. He considers himself fortunate to be able to pursue this passion through both his full time role at Ktisis Capital, in his capacity as Vice President of the BOD at Alternatives in Motion, and, now, as board member of YNPN! He started his career at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, so he's a big believer in the power, role, and importance of philanthropic support and infrastructure organizations. Michael believes that the YNPN board is a wonderful opportunity to continue supporting - and being supported by- a vital infrastructure organization. In his free time, Michael enjoys drinking red wine, playing euchre with friends, going to shows, and being disappointed by the Detroit Red Wings.
Member at large
Steve Ganta | Senior Solutions Architect - ForgeRock| email@example.com
I am passionate about technology specifically in IT security domain. With growing online presence, the need for providing greater user experience along with security has been focus of every industry irrespective of their size. So, working for a product company gave me that opportunity to empower and help customers reach their vision in the space of Identity and Access. Having worked for a non-profit in my past life and with everything that happened this year(2020) helped me to live a life of intentionality i.e. empower society locally and internationally. I feel YNPN.GR will provide me the experience needed to carry that mission. In free time, like to spend time with family, try new restaurants, biking, traveling, cooking and any outdoor sports/activities
Jeanette Vilca | Quality Coordinator, Pine Rest | Jeanette@ynpngr.org
Jeanette is passionate about engaging primary care practices in quality improvement activities, which is essential in enhancing patient experiences and outcomes, and improving provider experiences as well. Most importantly, it is essential to achieving the triple aim of improving the health of the population.She looks forward to connecting with other young professionals and developing new skills. When she is not at work, she enjoys cycling, taking her pug Oliver for walks and being outdoors.
Samantha Klokkert | Family Advocate at the Children's Advocacy Center of Kent County | Samantha@ynpngr.org
Sam joined YNPN.GR in fall of 2020 in an effort to build connections within the non-profit community in Grand Rapids. As a social worker, Sam is passionate about serving individuals and communities in ways that make lasting change. She worked for 2.5 years with refugee and immigrant youth and became a passionate advocate for immigration issues and welcoming diversity. Upon completing her master's degree in social work in April 2020 from Grand Valley State University, Sam began work as a Family Advocate at the Children's Advocacy Center of Kent County. What she enjoys most about this role is the ability to make an impact both on an individual as well as a systemic level, working closely with the court system in Kent County to best support victims. In her free time, you might catch Sam practicing her Spanish skills, checking out a new park or hike in the Grand Rapids area, singing in the Grand Rapids Women's Chorus, selecting a new travel destination, or taking a few swings on the golf course. She is thankful to have the support of her spouse in all of her passions.