2016-2017 Board of Directors
Kris Shannon, Advisor firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Shannon is the Manager of Volunteer Services at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. She has over 15 years of experience with volunteer management, locally at the Frederik Meijer Gardens and The Grand Rapids Public Museum, and also in Chicago where she ran a volunteer program for a nonprofit consulting company. Kris has a BA from Michigan State University, Go Green! She also studied at Regent’s College in London, England. Kris and her husband Tom have two wonderful daughters, and enjoy travel, cooking, reading and watching old movies.
Ana Rau, President email@example.com
Ana is an active member in the community and the volunteer services world. Through serving alongside volunteers for many years, Ana developed an insatiable passion to serve in the nonprofit sector. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University. Since graduation, Ana has continued to serve her community through nonprofit leadership and development of talent. She currently works at Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids managing the AmeriCorps program. She enjoys working with diverse groups of people that wish to improve the community at large. Along with VMAWM she serves on two other boards in the community focusing on nonprofit education, development, and service. In her spare time Ana loves to travel, she loves meeting new people and experiencing new things!
President-Elect- open position
Sherry Martens, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sherry Martens is the Volunteer Services Coordinator with Center for Women in Transition of Ottawa and Allegan Counties. Center for Women in Transition is an organization focused on responding to, reducing and the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Sherry graduated from Central Michigan University with her B.S. in Secondary Education and completed an additional Elementary Certification from Western Michigan University. Sherry lives in Holland Michigan with her husband and the two younger of her three children. Sherry’s passion is spending as much time as possible with her children and granddaughter, she loves traveling with family and friends creating new adventures, continuous educational opportunities and being an active member of her community.
Raechel Macqueen, Secretary, email@example.com
Raechel works with The Salvation Army Social Services of Kent County as the Congregational Recruitment Specialist. She works with congregations and community members to educate on family homelessness in Kent County, recruit and train volunteers to walk alongside program participants, and fundraise for the rent assistance fund. Raechel received her BS in Business Administration and BA in Community Leadership from Aquinas College. Raechel has a passion for volunteerism in and outside of work. She recently chaperoned a mission trip to South Dakota learning on the Crow Creek Reservation. Outside of work, she also enjoys visiting new coffee shops and spending time outdoors with her puppy.
Megan Priester, Membership Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan has been the House Services Director for the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan since September of 2009. The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan provides a “home away from home” for families of pediatric patients seeking treatment in the Grand Rapids community. Megan oversees over 1,500 volunteers who set foot in the House completing a variety of projects from maintaining the House to preparing dinner. Through her work at the Ronald McDonald House, she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations throughout West Michigan creating partnerships that will benefit the families coming to West Michigan seeking medical care. Prior to working with the Ronald McDonald House, Megan received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Communications from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and strolling around Barnes and Noble. Megan has been a member of VMA since 2010 and look forward to recruiting new members as she has found VMAWM to be one of the best networking and educational groups in the area.
Pam Derks, Special Events Chair email@example.com
Pam Derks has been an employee of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial since 1990 and the Volunteer Coordinator for the past 17 years. During that time she was also the coordinator of the hospital’s Gift/Coffee Shop which was staffed by volunteers. She has developed several volunteer programs including, Ambassador Cart, Valet Services, Navigators, Surgical Waiting Room, bedisde music and Ambassadors that all benefit the hospital’s patients and their families. She also developed Concierge Services to help relieve stress by assisting employees with errands, tasks, etc. so they can be fully focused on their patients.
She is a past president of Toastmasters in Newaygo County, Board member of the Newaygo County Career Tech Nursing Program, member of the Newaygo County Volunteer Coordinator group and member of and former Chair of the Michigan Council of Directors of Volunteer Services.
She and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 30 years. They have two daughters, one son and two grandchildren that keep them busy. She loves to be with family and friends boat and play golf when her schedule allows. Pam is also a present Realtor for Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt.
Nicole Gebben, Special Events Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole Gebben is the Client Services and Volunteer Coordinator for Senior Neighbors, Inc (SNI). She oversees SNI’s five senior centers located in the Kent County area and all the volunteers it takes to run those centers. For this new VMAWM year she will be co-chairing the Special Events Committee. She loves working with seniors and especially all the seniors that volunteer at centers to make it a better place to come and “hang” out, although it’s not just seniors that volunteer at the centers. Nicole loves to get involved in all areas of her life both personal and professional. She has coached softball at the High School and travel ball levels for years, is currently on the Athletic Boosters for Hudsonville Schools, is the Public Relations Chair for MASC (Michigan Assoc. of Senior Centers) and even served on the board of M.O.P.S. (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) years ago. She states, “I love getting involved with organizations I feel passionate about and VMAWM is definitely one of those organizations. I didn’t have a volunteer management background before taking on my current job and VMAWM has taught me so much and is always teaching me new things each time we get together. I hope to serve all of you well as I take on this new challenge on the VMAWM Board.”
Katelyn Kovalik, Education Co-Chair email@example.com
Katelyn Kovalik is Volunteer Center Manager at Heart of West Michigan United Way, serving all of Kent County. Her role includes service event & project planning, volunteer recruitment, in-kind resource development, and administration of the volunteer management site for The Volunteer Center. Katelyn received her B.A. in Advertising & Public Relations from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Communications. She is a proud AmeriCorps Alum, Advisor for the West Michigan AmeriCorps Collaborative, and “Big Sister” through D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s. In her free time, you can find Katelyn outside & on the water.
Angie Drier, Education Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Angie Drier is the Program Coordinator for Senior Neighbors RSVP. She works with Kent County residents that are ages fifty-five and above by placing them with local organizations that RSVP partners with. Volunteer positions range from tutors/mentors for K-3 grades, assisting elders to age in place, providing food security, to working with the police departments and civic & cultural ambassadors. Angie has been overseeing volunteers for over seven years and has been a VMA member since 2008. Her favorite part of being a member is the continued support and ideas received from other VMA members.
When she is not at work, Angie loves reading, being outside whenever possible, and enjoys training for long distance runs with her husband and sister, traveling to different cities for races and fun times. Spending time with her daughter & son-in-law and now her son, who is home from serving in the Army, is among her top favorite things to do.
Lisa Daniell, Communications Co-Chair email@example.com
Lisa Daniell is the Volunteer Resource Center Director at TrueNorth Community Services, providing volunteer support for Newaygo County organizations, as well as internal TrueNorth volunteers. Lisa received her B.A. in Interpersonal Communications from Western Michigan University, with minor concentrations in Social Work and Nonprofit Administration. Lisa is a Board Member for Family Promise of the Lakeshore, a member of the Newaygo County Volunteer Coordinators Committee and an AmeriCorps Alum. Lisa and her husband live in Muskegon and enjoy spending their free time playing board games, swimming and doing other fun activities with family and friends!
Pam Bland, Communications Co-Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Bland was born and raised in Grand Rapids Michigan. She attended Davenport College and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration. She has been in the youth development field for 18 years as her second career which was preceded by a career in banking and finance.
Currently, Pam is the Program Director for Out of School Time and Volunteer Services for Camp Fire West Michigan 4C. She enjoys this position tremendously as it allows her to combine her education and experience for the combined benefit of youth and adults, and therefore ultimately making a lasting contribution to society.
Pam has been married for 31 years to her husband, they are blessed with 2 children and 5 grandchildren. They enjoy a music ministry together and enjoy traveling and exploring nature with camping outings.