Address. 445 W. Michigan Ave Suite 102, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Tel. 269-343-5896

Meet The Team

Our Stories Are Here to Be Told

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.

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. 

Latrivia 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”.  

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. 

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.

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.

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

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.

Corrie Peterson

Family Support Partner

I am the mother of 3 beautiful children, and have 1 beautiful grandchild. All three of my children have been diagnosed with various mental health challenges including anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, OCD, and PDD. As a family, we have been working with therapists, psychiatrists, and case managers through CMH since my oldest was about 10 years old.  I also have experience in advocating for an IEP to help my middle son get the support he needed to be successful in school. I have been working as a Family Support Partner since October 2012. After receiving FSP services myself, I wanted to give to other families the support that I was given during some of the darkest times in my life. 

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 & Community Services Coordinator 

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”.

Isaiah Shack

Youth Peer Support Specialist

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”

- Mary Anne Radmacher

As a former youth struggling with Depression and Anxiety throughout high school and receiving my own Youth Peer Support, I dedicate my time to help others receive the same support and treatment that helped me. I am a creative and compassionate person who is willing to support youth in finding their success, just like others did for me.

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.

Caitlyn Muraoka

Youth Peer Support Specialist

Throughout adolescence I struggled with my mental health, and often felt like I was alone in my journey. Dealing with doctors, therapists, and handling medications as a teen was a scary experience, and often it was difficult for me to relate to the people involved in my treatment and recovery. In my adult life I have found a strong passion for working with young people that are in situations similar to mine, and my goal is to empower these youth to advocate for themselves, as well as being a positive adult they can talk to.

George Roeder

Transition Peer Support Specialist

I’m George Roeder, I work with the Healthy Transition team as a Peer Support Specialist. My goal is to help facilitate the development and growth of adult life skills through collaborative engagement with the youth. I bring my own lived experience to everyone I serve hoping to provide a model for success that can be achieved by each individual in their own unique way. Overcoming the obstacles in our lives can be challenging and it is an honor to empower and uplift individuals in that pursuit.

Arieanna Smith

Transition Peer Support Specialist

As a child, I suffered from abuse and neglect. I started therapy and was diagnosed with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually, I gained some stability and turned my life around. Once I gained complete control over my life, I continued to prosper and make goals for where I wanted to be in life. Every time I looked back, I became even more dedicated to move forward. I am now working for ASK and working towards my associates degree in criminal justice.

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.

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