Staff & Board

Our Staff

Milinda Ysasi

Chief Executive Officer

Kelli Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Lauren Conrad

Director of Programs

Maximiliano Velasco

Intake Specialist

Paola Mendivil

Business Development Officer

Karen Benson

Portfolio Manager/Business Development Officer

Trevor Sisk

Grants and Finance Manager

2022 Board of Directors

Deborah Phillips, Board Chair

Consultant and Chief People Strategist, Deborah Phillips & Associates, LLC

LaChaun A. Steverson, Board Vice Chair

Owner, Fibrenew Grand Rapids

Debra Van Hevele, Treasurer

Senior Vice President, Comerica Bank

Julie Westra, Secretary

Steelcase Assistant General Counsel Legal Strategies Team

Shannon Cohen

Principal/Founder, Tough Skin Soft Heart by Shannon Cohen

Zara Smith

Senior Project Manager, Emergent Holdings, Inc.

Katy Felver

Business Advisor, Hungerford Nichols CPA’s + Advisors

Floriza Genautis

CEO, Management Business Solutions

Veverly Austin

Owner/Founder, Confidentwear Boutique / Rock the Runway GR / Veverly Austin Enterprises

Janis Petrini

Owner and Operator, Express Employment Professionals

Jason Reep

President, Employers’ Association

Rebecca Dutcher

President, RED66 Marketing

Tracey Burke

President, Burke Professional Consultants, LLC

Catherine Kloska

Retired CFO, Muskegon Public Schools

Damian Ciavattone

Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, PNC Bank

McKenzie Jackson

Good Food Systems Program Manager, Access of West Michigan

Kim Suarez

Community Member