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Introducing the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2020

Introducing the Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2020 1

Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) is designed to be unlike any other leadership program, where instead of analyzing leadership tactics and principles, participants are asked to use a systems thinking approach to tackle real issues facing our community. This approach to the programming is meant to foster community trustees who will leave the class with a community-focused mindset that creates a lifelong commitment to creating a thriving and prosperous West Michigan for all.

LGR has proudly been operating in the Grand Rapids community for over 30 years, and in that time has created a strong group of alumni who work toward improving our community at all levels. These alumni are changemakers both in and out of the workplace, and this year’s class of participants will be no different.

We are excited to announce the incoming class of LGR participants. This class will begin at the end of August and will celebrate their graduation in April of 2020. Congratulations to this year’s cohort, and welcome to Leadership Grand Rapids!

Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2020:

Krista Avery, Senior Director of Development, Special Olympics Michigan

Rev. Katherine Lee Baker, Chaplain | Minister, Reformed Church in America

Jason Clayton, Dean of Career and Life Calling, Cornerstone University

Afton DeVos, Chief Operating Officer, Kids’ Food Basket

Dana Doll, Cofounder/Executive Director, Treetops Collective

K’Sandra Earle, Associate Director, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative

Lamont Edwards, Designer, AECOM

Jonathan Farman, Executive Director & Owner, GIFT Grand Rapids & Urban Jonny’s

Davien Fizer, Man Up Site Coordinator, Urban Transformation Ministries

Garrett Fox, Vice President of Sales, West Michigan Flocking

Dilli Gautam, President, Bhutanese Community of Michigan

Stephanie Gonda, Director of Sales, Townsquare Media

Jeffrey Gurney, Chief Technology Advocate and Director of IT, Van Andel Institute

Omar Hall, Vice President Sales and Marketing, NN Inc., Mobile Solutions Group

Tatum Hawkins, Development Director, Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County

Lisa Heyne, Executive Director & Superintendent, Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center

William Jackson, Community Health Worker, Spectrum Health

Laura A. Jeltema, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd

Alexa Kramer, Director of Government Affairs, Grand Rapids Chamber

Tamara Lakiri, Director of Talent Experience, OST

Ashley Lee, Vice President, Public Relations and Marketing, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Clara Lee, Self-Employed, Independent Business Consultant

Natalie Lowell, Senior Director of Membership, Girls Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

David Marquardt, Director – Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation, City of Grand Rapids

Lyndsay Martin, Director of Crisis Quality & Development, Hope Network Behavioral Health Services

Daniel McGraw, CEO, DPT Solutions

Mary McLoughlin, Owner/Principal, McLoughlin Communications & Public Relations

Tonja Lynae-Gofoe Moyer, Director of Performance Improvement, Metro Health| University of Michigan

Attah Obande, Director of Dream Fulfillment, SpringGR

Dormica Oppenhuizen, Director of International Logistics, Meijer

Chad Paalman , CEO/Visionary, NuWave Technology Partners

Kristyn Peck, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, West Michigan Partnership for Children

Brianne Pitchford, Business Development Manager, Triangle Associates

Kevin Polston, Superintendent, Godfrey Lee Public Schools

Veronica Quintino-Aranda, Community Liaison Officer, Michigan State University Research Center

Meghan Reed, Director, Operations, ITS Partners, LLC

Gregory J. Sanial, Vice President for Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer, Grand Valley State University

Emily Smith, Communications & Events Coordinator, World Affairs Council of Western Michigan/Principal, WordWell Global, LLC

Jeffrey Snyder, Manager, External Affairs, Comcast

Michael TerHorst, Vice President, Antares Capital

Rachel VerWys, Co-Creator – Executive Director, SEE : Solutions to End Exploitation

Adam Weiler, Director of Social Enterprise, WMCAT

Dani Zizak, Vice President Corporate Communication & Social Responsibility, Wolverine Worldwide


For questions about Leadership Grand Rapids, you can contact the Chamber’s Director of Leadership Programs, Mel Trombley, at mel@grandrapids.org.

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