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 & Human Resources Assistant 


Community Impact

Shannon Gardner
Vice President of Community Impact
Shannon's favorite volunteer activity: Counseling women

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

Finance & Facilities

Gail Montgomery
Vice President of Finance & Administration
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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Michele Bussler, Accounts Receivable
Ben Davison, Accounts Payable & Technology Associate
Manifa Dennison, Director of Accounting
Trevor Sisk, Staff Accountant, Grants & Finance
Dave Swanson, Facilities

Marketing & Volunteer Center

Ellen Carpenter
Vice President of Donor Strategy, Marketing & 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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Maribeth Groen, Events & Marketing Manager
Danielle Kendra, Graphic Designer
Andrew Steiner, Marketing Communications Coordinator

The Volunteer Center
Katelyn Kovalik, Volunteer Center Manager
Phil Gabel, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Resource Development

A.J. Quackenbush, Director of Workplace Campaigns
Dan Tenhoopen, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison

Taylor Greenfield, CRM and Donor Services Manager
Chantal Porterfield, Data Center Specialist

Workplace Fundraising
Mallory Brouwer, Senior Account Manager

Human Resources

Tiffany DeMyers, Director of Human Resources
Carra Oteto, Office and Human Resources Coordinator



Sherri Vainavicz, Programs & Services Director

Brenda Brame, Program Manager, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition
John Mitchell, Community Resource Coordinator, 2-1-1
Lynn Snyder, Community Resource Assistant


Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)

Wende Randall, Director

Brianne Czyzio, Administrative Assistant
Sierra Salaam, HMIS Specialist