Heart of West Michigan United Way Staff

Michelle Van Dyke 

Issue Michelle is most passionate about: I have always been most passionate about children’s causes. Giving children who are living in poverty hope and opportunities is really important to me. That’s one of the primary reasons why I joined United Way. We are fighting poverty and bringing this hope to thousands of children.

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Consuelo Rodriguez, Executive Assistant 


Community Impact

Shannon Gardner
Vice President, Community Impact

Shannon's favorite volunteer activity: Counseling women

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Ann Dard, Community Impact Associate
Mandy DeWilde, Community Impact Coordinator
Robert McKown, Sr. Director Evaluation & Accountability
Emily Schichtel, Outcomes and Performance Evaluator
Paul LeBlanc, Grant Writer


Gail Montgomery
Vice President, Finance

Gail’s favorite part of her job: Knowing that I work for an organization that truly makes a difference in people's lives.

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Kami Annibali, Accounts Payable, Payroll & Human Resources Associate
Michele Bussler, Accounts Receivable
Toni Steele, Accounting Manager

Marketing & Volunteer Center

Ellen Carpenter
Vice President, Marketing and Volunteer Center

Ellen’s favorite part of her job: I am most passionate about dispelling myths that people may have about giving a “hand-up” to those in need. And, finding the perfect place for people to make a difference through volunteering.

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Brenda Brame, Program Manager, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition
Maribeth Groen, Events & Marketing Manager
Katelyn Kovalik, Volunteer Center Manager
Danielle Kendra, Graphic Designer
Jessica Young, Marketing Communications Coordinator


Susan Rex
Vice President, Workforce Development and Operations

Issue Sue is most passionate about: Issues around family whether it be financial stability, food, and/or adequate housing. Also, education for our youth is so important – they are our future!

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Kathy Fauble, Director of Data Center
Chantal Porterfield, Data Center Specialist

Dave Swanson, Facilities

Resource Development

Jill Dooley
Vice President, Resource Development

Issue Jill is most passionate about:  Access to opportunities in order to secure a good and sustainable life. We value all people, understand what poverty means, how it impacts families, and focus our work on reducing poverty in this community. 

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Gwen Goodson, Project & Process Coordinator
Olivia Onderlinde, Account Manager
Chelsea Wojes, Account Manager
Dan Tenhoopen, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison



Sherri Vainavicz, C.I.R.S. 2-1-1 Program Manager

John Mitchell, Community Resource Coordinator, 2-1-1
Lynn Snyder, Community Resource Assistant


Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)

Wende Randall, Director

Jesica Vail, Coordinator, Coalition to End Homelessness
Phyllis Butler, Administrative Assistant
Jim Talen, HMIS System Administrator
Sierra Salaam, HMIS Specialist