Our Board of Directors
I have worked with children with disabilities since I was in high school. Being an ASK Board member gives me the opportunity to continue the pursuit of my passion, which is supporting children with special needs and their families.
I am the Managing Attorney of the Kalamazoo office of Legal Aid of Western Michigan, which provides free legal services to the low income, and elderly residents of four counties in Western Michigan including Kalamazoo County.
I am a CPA and Partner at Plante Moran in Kalamazoo and a mother of a child with special needs. I am passionate about the challenges families of children with disabilities face and am grateful that we have an organization like ASK in our community to support parents and caregivers.
I am the Business Development Manager at Great Lakes Center for Autism Treatment and Research and have over 20 years of experience in managerial, training, and sales experience in the healthcare industry. I am grateful to have the opportunity to use my professional and personal experiences to serve on the ASK Board to help advocate on behalf of the children and families in our community.
I am a member of the Operations Staff that supports Financial Advisors with Plante Moran in Kalamazoo. Previously, I worked for over 25 years in a Trust Department of a community bank. During that time, I had the opportunity to work with persons with many types of disabilities and mental capacities. I also have personal experience with both friends and family that have or have overcome mental health challenges. This opportunity with ASK Family Services will allow me to use these experiences to help others in my community to lead their best possible lives.
I currently serve as a Post Adoption Specialist with The Post Adoption Resource Center. I am passionate about bringing awareness and fostering safe spaces that target healing and cultivate whole personal wellness. I am a foster/ adoption advocate, a transracial adoptee and adoptive mother. I am also the mama of five children. As a parent of a child with a developmental disability it is my privilege to build, empower and create community that enhances the lives of the families and children in this community.
I spent 30 years in education working for KRESA both as a teacher and an administrator. I retired in 2005 and now do volunteer work for local agencies who provide service to children and families. I serve on the Board to continue my support of empowering youth and families who are dealing with developmental or mental health challenges.
I am a pediatrician at Rambling Road Pediatrics and Bronson Methodist Hospital. I am serving on the ASK board as an advocate for all children and to help them create their best futures.
I am currently a Director with 20+ years of experience working in a variety of roles within Human Resources at Plante Moran including our wellness and mental health initiatives. My family, especially my oldest daughter, has inspired me to speak up and reduce the stigma around mental health. We have found success navigating our mental health journey with an amazing village of support and resources. I look forward to being a part of an organization that will help others with their journey.