Heart of West Michigan United Way Staff

Michelle Van Dyke 
President & CEO

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


Administrative & Programs

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Becki Postma
Chief Administrative Officer
Becki’s favorite thing to do on her days off: golfing, coaching softball, and biking with her kids

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Human Resources
Carra Oteto, Office and Human Resources Coordinator

Dave Swanson

Sherri Vainavicz, Director of Programs & Services
Brenda Brame, Program Manager, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition
John Mitchell, Community Resource Coordinator, 2-1-1
Lynn Snyder, Community Resource 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, Grants Manager
Robert McKown, Sr. Director of Community Impact
Emily Schichtel, Community Impact Manager

Donor Strategy, 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
Tyler Young, Marketing Technology Manager

The Volunteer Center
Katelyn Kovalik, Volunteer Center Manager

Resource Development
Lynne Koss, Director of Individual Giving
A.J. Quackenbush, Director of Corporate Philanthopy
Dan Tenhoopen, AFL-CIO Community Services Liaison

Taylor Greenfield, CRM and Donor Services Manager
Jennifer Helsel, Data Center Coordinator

Workplace Fundraising
Mallory Brouwer, Senior Account Manager
Zak Knaus, Account Manager
Scott Sorenson, Account Manager
Ian Snyder, Resource Development Project Coordinator


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

Kent County Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF)

Wende Randall, Director
Brianne Czyzio, Administrative Assistant
Courtney Myers-Keaton, Continuum of Care (CoC) Coordinator
Sierra Salaam, HMIS Specialist