Meet The Team

Our Stories Are Here to Be Told

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Tina Robbins

Executive Director

I have always believed in the potential and resiliency of people,  feeling that those who have walked similar paths bring a unique and empowering perspective. As a mother of an amazing youth with an autism diagnosis, I was drawn to the work done by our peers at ASK and believe I have found my calling as the director of ASK Family Services. I have immense hope that our experiences can help those we serve achieve their fullest potential and dreams.

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Jill Angell

Director of Operations

“You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.”

- Cheryl Strayed

I have over 15 years of experience working with youth from various populations.  At ASK Family Services, I oversee the daily operations of our organization and I supervise our Youth Peer Support Specialists, Family Case Coordinator, Michigan Healthy Transition Program, and Youth Involvement Coordinator. 

Latrieva Boston

Family Support Manager

I am so many things but most of all I am a person who wants to help others. I still believe in the “goodness” of mankind and I enjoy working for an agency that is dedicated to helping families of children with developmental and mental health challenges in letting them know they are not “alone”.  

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Kim Beachy

Office Coordinator

My name is Kim, and I have been working in human resources since 2001, doing payroll since 1991, and working with human service organizations since 1991. I like working at an organization that is serving the community. I was born and raised in Michigan's upper peninsula, and love traveling there when I get a chance. In my free time, I enjoy dog sitting, carpentry, and spending time with my family. Most of all, I love supporting my grandchildren at their plays and sporting events. 

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Christina Smith

Youth Involvement Coordinator

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.”
-Maya Angelou

I come to ASK with experience in community organizing, program planning, various advocacy efforts, and child welfare. In my work, I seek to lift the voices of youth so that they may be empowered to inform the programs and policies that affect their lives. I believe that collaboration and collective efforts lead to the greatest impact, and I am energized by the Kalamazoo community’s dedication to youth development. 

I am passionate about equity and inclusion, community health and wellness, and increasing accessibility to services and resources. I love animals, camping on Lake Michigan, and spending time with family and friends.

Rachel Cochran

Family Case Coordinator

Before this position I was a Youth Peer Support Specialist for ASK Family Services for two years. I have my own lived experience as both a youth and an adult in the mental health system. I have faced many adversities in my life so far and continue towards the path of recovery with my own list of diagnoses. I try very hard to be the person that I needed when I was growing up and struggling with mental health challenges. I am a very empathetic person that likes to meet people where they are at and help them grow and succeed towards improving their own lives and the lives of their family. A quote that was given to me by my favorite high school teacher when I graduated is, that everything will be okay in the end and if everything is not okay, it is not the end.

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Pam Waterman 

Family Support Partner

I was a caregiver and a parent of a youth with mental health issues who was involved with CMH homebased therapy and the  Adventure Group.  Our homebased therapist suggested I apply for a position with ASK.  I have experience with the Juvenile Justice system  working in the Youth Center school and Intensive Learning Center at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home for 28 years.

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Robin Hicks

Family Support Partner

I am a mother of a son with Attention Deficit Disorder and Anxiety diagnosis. 

 

I have experience in navigating through the school system, knowledge in special education rules and guidelines, and I can provide suggestions and tools for parents with “Strong Willed” teens.

Lisa Coleman

Child Welfare Family Support Partner

I am Lisa Coleman and I am the mother of 12 children – 4 natural and 7 adopted.  Our family’s journey with mental health began with the adoption of three beautiful children – a set of twins and their baby brother.  All three suffer from FASD, PTSD, cognitive impairments, and many other challenges.  The youngest is also on the autism spectrum.  In 2017, I started working at ASK Family Services as a Family Support Partner and I am actively learning my role – to give back, empower, and offer the same support that was offered to me.

Eileen Pawlicki

Family Support Partner & Community Service Coordinator

As a parent of two daughters, ages 16 and 24, and recent participant of ASK, I have first-hand experience in seeing the value in the role of Family Support Partner.  I bring 15 years of experience in education in the areas of early childhood, autism and behavior management. I believe we can achieve our goals by building upon and celebrating our successes along the way.

“Where there’s life, there’s hope. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.” Anne Frank

Marcy DeJong

Summit Pointe Family Support Partner

I have Twin biological children, 3 adopted grandchildren and a grandson all with several disabilities.

Also I am a foster mother to other children with needs.

 I have had 30 years family experience with learning disabilities, trauma, severe ADHD,PTSD, Anxiety disorder, OCD, PICA, and Bi-polar.

I went to work for ASK as a way to give back and help others navigate and embrace the roads ahead of them

without feeling alone in their familes journey.

 

Marge Parmenter

Family Support Partner

I have raised two children with Asperger Syndrome who are now young adults. I also grew up as a sibling to a sister with disabilities.  Because of these experiences, I enjoy meeting with parents and “normalizing” the abnormal life of having children with disabilities. 

 

As a Family Support Partner, I come alongside other parents who are navigating the system of care for their children and help them choose what is best for their children.  Sharing the struggle, bringing hope and building up families is rewarding work.

Clay Terry

Family Support Partner

I wanted to work for ASK, because I am the parent of a special needs child named Gabe. I have experience supporting him through his various challenges and working to make sure he has the resources and opportunities he deserves. I can use my experience to support parents/caregivers of special needs children. I have “been there” myself and can relate to the problems and challenges these parents face.

 

I have experience working in Adult Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health. My vocational experience and personal experience enable me to be empathetic with the families I serve and help me to empower them to advocate for their kids and navigate successfully through the various challenges they face.

Frances Vega-Pietri

Family Support Partner 

I am the mother of two children on the Autism Spectrum, a preschooler who was a 29-week preemie and a young man who is currently attending KVCC. I have been advocating for my children rights for at least twenty years. Since 2006, when I moved from Puerto Rico to Kalamazoo I have been involved with different nonprofits that serve this population.

As a Family Support Partner, I am looking forward to help the families that were thrown into the world of raising kids with developmental and mental health challenges just like mine. I understand how isolated and lonely that feels and know how important is to have support from somebody who “gets it”.

Storm Hunter

Youth Peer Support Specialist

I grew up in a small town in Washington State; queer, depressed, and lacking a community. But I made it through. And have found not only a community in this strange Midwestern town, but a purpose in helping those, who, like me, were struggling and lost. In the queer community there is a common quote, “Be who you needed when you were younger.” And I intend to do just that. I have a degree in Psychology, and have knowledge and experience in regards to depression, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality/gender identities. My hope and goal is to help those who are struggling, and be a part of a support system that so many need, and that too few have.

Bethany Helmuth

Youth Peer Support Specialist

My life has been an interesting one to say the least. My brother was diagnosed with autism when I was 5 years old which made for a difficult childhood. By age 15 I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorders. As I was struggling throughout most of my life there were a lot of people there for me and who were supporting me and I realized that’s what I wanted to do for a living. I want to be the silver lining in someone else’s dark cloud. All I wanted when I was young was to have someone to relate to, to see that I was not alone. So I wanted to be part of the solution and help others who may be struggling just like I me.  I am excited and hopeful for the future and hope my journey can help others realize that they are not alone.

 

Antasia Fareed

Youth Peer Support Specialist

My life has never been easy. I been through physical, mental, and emotional abuse most of my life. I had to take care of myself because my mother and father suffered from drug and alcohol abuse. The trauma I went through pushed me to be the independent, strong women I am today. I struggled from bulling because I had less and I was a heavier girl. I struggled with homelessness most of my life. My big sister Tiana took a lot of responsibility of helping me become the women I am today along with my mentor Sandy from Big Brother Big Sister Youth for Christ. I cannot forget the most important God. I knew I was going through a lot but it wasn’t till I was 18 years old when I almost took my life and found out that I suffered from depression. Along with hat came anxiety, PTSD, and Bipolar issues. I continue to work on myself at 23 years old. My goal is to help others who been through the same hardships is me. That you can be anything you put your mind to. “My crown may tilt but it will never FALL.”

Sydney Bradeen

Transition Peer Support Specialist

I have dedicated my life to the care of others and am passionate about learning more ways to accomplish this. I’m a very empathetic person whose goal is to help the community any way I can. I have experience in CBT Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Substance Abuse, and DBT Therapy. I use my lived experience as both a youth and an adult to try to inspire hope in others. When helping others I feel like there’s lessons to be learned on both sides of the table and  I am also very ardent in how this position will show me more ways to support my own family as my sister is a single mom with a daughter on the autism spectrum. In my free time I enjoy playing with my cats and my bunny, drawing, painting, making resin art, and spending time with my family.

”Hope is helping one person every day” -Doug Brinker

Danny Roeder

Transition Peer Support Specialist

Working with youth has been part of my life long before ASK, but this is the first time I’ll be able to use my lived experience and knowledge of the challenges of the mental health journey to help our youth grow their independence and self advocacy. This journey is a hard one for anyone, and I realize the challenges and mental blocks that come with it. Being able to give our youth the empowerment they need to gain the independence that they wish to achieve is what I’m most excited for. At ASK I serve as a Youth Peer Support Specialist with the transition team  through ISK. Allowing youth to discover the  strengths and interests they haven’t been able to identify takes time, and I have the patience and understanding to help our youth through that process  “Little by little, one travels far” - J.R.R Tolkien 

Michelle Kudzia

Youth Peer Mentor

Michelle is our Youth Peer Mentor for the Calling All Youth Advisory Board. Michelle graduated from Calling All Youth and was interested in staying involved with the group and the community. As Youth Peer Mentor, Michelle helps guide and empower youth advocates to grow their voice. Michelle is passionate about mental health awareness, youth voice, and decreasing stigma within the mental health, juvenile justice, and foster care system.. Michelle is attending KVCC.