Our Board Members

BOARD CHAIRS

Breannah Alexander | Director of Strategic Programs, Partners for a Racism-Free Community | breannah@ynpngr.org

Breannah is a fierce advocate for racial equity and issues impacting the outcomes of women and girls. When she is not spending her time writing she is busy figuring out new ways to spur social change. Her favorite part of YNPN GR is the work the network does to expand access to professional development opportunities to those in the field.

Nika Kusmierz | Volunteer & Special Events Manager, Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids | nika@ynpngr.org

Nika is a local community activist, avid reader and taco connoisseur. She is graduate of Grand Valley State University where she studied Sociology. Her favorite part of YNPN is connecting with other nonprofit professionals in the community.

SECRETARY

Autumn Hubbard | Annual Fund Manager, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre | autumn@ynpngr.org

Autumn loves engaging nonprofits in marketing, strategic communications, and strategic planning. When she’s not working, Autumn loves spending time with family and friends, visiting any and all beaches, trying new Grand Rapids restaurants and exploring #PureMichigan. Autumn's favorite part of YNPN GR is the opportunity for growth through professional development events and leadership opportunities. She has her Masters in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.

TREASURER

Beth McEwen | Communications & Development Coordinator, Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties |beth@ynpngr.org

Beth has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost 15 years. Currently, she is the Communications and Development Coordinator for Girls on the Run of Kent and Muskegon Counties, an organization that inspires 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. She finds YNPN a tremendously valuable resource for professional development and supportive network of world-changers.

MARKETING CHAIRS 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING CHAIRS

Kiran Sood Patel | Managing Editor, The Rapidian | kiran@ynpngr.org

Kiran Sood Patel is a journalist, community builder and passionate advocate for the community she calls home. She has been a reporter for newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and is now Managing Editor of The Rapidian, Grand Rapids' community journalism platform. Her passions include diversity, inclusion, reading, writing, photography and spending time with family and friends. 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIRS

Leonard Vielma Jr. | Talent Programs Specialist, Spectrum Health | lenny@ynpngr.org

A proud Spartan, Leonard has worked in a number of roles from Operations at a children’s organization to Branch Manager at Spectrum Health.  In his current role his responsibilities include the organizations System Orientation, providing Career Development for internal employees, overseeing some programs designed to help employees in need, and a variety of Reward and Recognition programs.  Leonard values YNPNGR because of the commitment to support the growth and development of young professionals in the area that are passionate about the non-profit sector.

Chelsea Wojes | Account Manager, Heart of West Michigan United Way | chelsea@ynpngr.org

Chelsea hails from the land of cherries and beaches (Traverse City) but has taken up residency in Beer City USA. She’s held a variety of nonprofit positions over the years, and continues to find new and exciting ways to give back to the community. A dreamer and schemer at heart, you can find Chelsea planning her next big travel excursion, learning how to bake the perfect cake, or causing various shenanigans with her friends around town. She enjoys partnering with Lenny and other minds to conjure up with the next big win for YNPN GR.

LEADERSHIP AND RECOGNITION CHAIRS

Bryana Hopkins | Program Assistant, Frey Foundation | bryana@ynpngr.org

Bryana moved to Grand Rapids to attend college and ended up staying through grad school and beyond. She loves an adventure and exploring the outdoors, enjoying all Michigan has to offer and traveling whenever possible. Her favorite thing about YNPN is the sense of community and support from the diverse and talented group of young professionals in the sector.

Mallory Buth | Manager, Donor and Corporate Relations, Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids | mallory@ynpngr.org

Mallory is a passionate about making connections in the community and helping those in need. A Grand Rapids native, she spends her time working to have a positive impact on the community. As a member of YNPN, she values the professional development and opportunities for education as well as the relationships she is able to build through the network.

DEVELOPMENT CHAIRS 

Latrisha Sosebee | Assistant Property Manager for Heartside District, Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids | latrisha@ynpngr.org

Latrisha is a native Michigander who takes pleasure in outdoor adventures. She enjoys learning about different cultures and ways of life, which has lead her to travel and live abroad. Her favorite thing about YNPN is working and socializing with young professionals who believe in change and fighting for a cause.

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Allyson Mills | Foundation Development Assistant, Metro Health Hospital Foundation | allyson@ynpngr.org 

Allyson is an Aquinas Graduate who was simply drawn to the Nonprofit world. She is from Grand Rapids, but briefly ventured into the nonprofit sector in North Carolina, where she worked for the Nonprofit State Association. She is firmly rooted in healthcare equality, and since moving home to GR, has been working for the Metro Health Hospital Foundation. She spends her free time with her adorable pup Newton, reading, writing, and enjoying life!
Becca Ryan | Philanthropy Coordinator, Catholic Charities West Michigan | becca@ynpngr.org

Becca, a grad of the Aquinas Community Leadership program, enjoys Grand Rapids' vibrant nonprofit community and top-notch breweries. When not living and working the city, she loves forests and the challenge of traveling abroad. She values YNPN as a platform to connect leaders and promote community.


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