Our Board Members

BOARD CHAIRS

Kevin Peterson | Nonprofit Services Program Coordinator, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy | kevin@ynpngr.org

Kevin is an advocate for developing strong communities through resident engagement and empowerment. When not completing homework from his classes in the Master of Public Administration - Nonprofit Management & Leadership program at GVSU, you can find Kevin kayaking, walking Aman park, snowshoeing, or likely volunteering out in the community. In 2019, Kevin served as the Chapter Support Fellow for YNPN National, where he provided technical assistance and coaching to the 44 chapters across the country. Kevin values YNPN-GR for its potential to both lift and support local talent by providing accessible and quality professional development and networking opportunities.

Autumn Hubbard | Annual Giving Officer, Grand Valley State University | autumn@ynpngr.org

Autumn's passion is working with nonprofits to cultivate a strong, sustainable donor-base through strategic planning, communications, and development. When not nerding out on nonprofits, Autumn enjoys exploring Grand Rapids' top-notch restaurants, hiking, and volunteering. Her favorite part of YNPN.GR is the opportunity to connect with individuals from a wide range of nonprofit professions, while growing leadership skills and community collaborations. She has her Masters in Public Administration from GVSU, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

 

SECRETARY

Kasie Pickart | Executive Project Specialist, Hope Network | kasie@ynpngr.org

Kasie's passion is engaging in health care advocacy and policy, including educating elected officials. During her board term, she wants to create opportunities for others to network, learn, and develop skills as they begin their careers in the Grand Rapids community while keeping their passion for the nonprofit industry alive and thriving. When she is not at work, she enjoys kickboxing, taking her Morkie, Mila, on walks, trying new restaurants and burying herself in a good book. Kasie is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Primary Care Association Peer Leadership Award for advocacy work at Cherry Health and holds a Master's of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy & Administration from GVSU.

 

TREASURER

Claire Timmer | Stewardship Assistant, Kids' Food Basket | claire@ynpngr.org

Claire has been involved with YNPN.GR for quite some time and values it's wonderful network of professionals in our community. She loves that it is a group of individuals who are all striving to better our community all while working to better ourselves. When not at work, Claire enjoys spending time with her family and friends, practicing yoga, and baking! 

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING CHAIRS

Angela Freier | Development Director, Opera Grand Rapids | angela@ynpngr.org

Angela is a passionate about her family, music and the arts, animal protections and care, LGBTQ and equal rights for all, and always doing what is right. She was motivated to join the YNPN.GR board to get more involved with the development culture here in GR, and to be a supportive voice for young professionals in this field because she recognizes it is a challenging role to play in any organization. When not at work, she loves spending time with her husband and two children (And taking them to Disney World!) She also enjoys reading, coloring, shopping, crafts, movies, video games, and cleaning and organizing. Angela originally pursued her Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Opera performance, but then switched to a Master's Degree in Non-Profit Management from Florida State University. 

Alica Woodrick Philanthropy Officer, Annual Giving & Donor Relations, Saint Mary's Foundation | alica@ynpngr.org

Alica loves helping others and sharing joy with them - in whatever capacity that she can. She values YNPN because it provides West Michigan young professionals opportunities to connect with local non-profit organizations, engage in continuous learning and growth through professional development, and serve the Grand Rapids community. What drove her to join the YNPN board was that she wanted to give back, be a part of, and serve an organization that provides so many opportunities for professionals to gain insight on the philanthropy sector in our community. When not working or in meetings, she loves spending quality time with her family and friends, staying active, traveling and exploring new places, and enjoying local breweries or places with delicious dessert! 

MEMBERSHIP CHAIRS

Taylor Crison | Director of Program Development, Boys & Girls Clubs of GR Youth Commonwealth | taylor@ynpngr.org

Taylor is passionate about working with kids and she loves being able to share in their intelligence, curiosity, and considers it a great privilege to be a part of their journey. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her family, scouting out new restaurants, and when it's warm, she is most definitely at the beach. Seeing her peers be involved in YNPN.GR and knowing the community YNPN.GR builds motivated her to join. She is looking forward to growing professionally and doing her part to help others do the same. 

Halle Billinghurst | Event Manager, Hope Network | halle@ynpngr.org

Halle loves that YNPN gives her the opportunity to connect with fellow Young Professionals in the nonprofit sector that share similar passions that she may not be able to connect with at work. She looks forward to putting these aligned passions into action within her term on the board. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, running, checking out new restaurants in Grand Rapids, and spending time with friends and family. 

 

LEADERSHIP AND RECOGNITION CHAIRS

Winni Walsh, CNP | Director of Development, Susan G. Komen of Michigan | winni@ynpngr.org

What Winni values most about YNPN is the camaraderie and the mindset that members all truly want to see each other succeed. Members serve as a support system and a growth opportunity for one another, and are always willing to share their knowledge as well as lend a listening ear. When not at work, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and watching Hulu. She is passionate about women's rights and ensuring healthcare for all. Winni wanted to join the board because she believes that she has a lot to learn from YNPN and she wanted more people in the sector to be aware of YNPN's resources. YNPN provides a space for both personal and professional peers to share, ask questions, and get support. She wanted to be a part of that! 

Arianne Hall | Development Director, Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) | arianne@ynpngr.org

Arianne loves connecting with donors and learning their passions, as well as working internally in nonprofits to build and develop teams. She spends her free time comparing vanilla lattes at all the local coffee shops, or planning her next adventure around the world. She has a bachelors in Communication and Journalism from Cornerstone University.

 

DEVELOPMENT CHAIRS

Angel Barreto-Cruz | Founder, Loop Coding Center | angel@ynpngr.org

Bio coming soon!

Margaret Smitt| Donor Relations and Stewardship Coordinator, John Ball Zoo | margaret@ynpngr.org

Margaret's passion is to create an equitable West Michigan community. Currently, she pursues this by raising funds and awareness of accessible healthcare for those that need it most. She was motivated to join the board because she loves how YNPN.GR members work hard to make Grand Rapids the great city that many love! When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, baking, and trying new (and old!) breweries around West Michigan. 

 

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS CHAIRS

Rachel Humphreys | Development Director, Affinity Mentoring | rachel@ynpngr.org

Rachel is passionate about education, community-building, and empowering youth through mentorship. What she values about YNPN is the support and leadership opportunities for young nonprofit professionals. When Rachel is not at work, she enjoys refinishing furniture, walking her dog, Emilio, and exploring the outdoors with her twin daughters. She holds a Master of Science in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University, focused on organizational leadership and inclusion initiatives. In addition to YNPN, she is the Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Outreach Committee (DIG) at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin, a member of the Sense of Belonging Workgroup at Westside Collaborative, and a mentor at Affinity Mentoring.

Hanna Gibson | Development Coordinator, Davenport University | hanna@ynpngr.org

Hanna loves hearing what connects a donor to the mission of an organization and making them feel valued and heard through consistent communications and marketing. Her favorite part of YNPN.GR is being able to connect with peer professionals and the opportunity to be connected to a wider array of types of nonprofits. Hanna is currently pursuing an MBA with a Marketing concentration, but when not at work or doing homework, she enjoys reading, playing video games, cooking, and binge watching Netflix documentaries.  

 

MEMBERS-AT-LARGE

Daniela Rojas-Cortes Fund Development and Communications Manager, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan | daniela@ynpngr.org

Daniela's passions include serving people, fighting for women's rights, animal rights, advocating for immigrants, and helping the community. She strives to make others feel special and valued. She loves to learn about other cultures, food, languages, and customs. Daniela wanted to serve on the YNPN.GR board because the nonprofit sector has many challenges and more often than not, the work has the potential to burn-out individuals. She wanted to be a part of a supportive organization that is made up of young professionals who were guiding and supporting other young professionals - encouraging each other to serve in these nonprofits that so desperately need our gifts and talents. She believes that YNPN.GR has so much potential and growth ahead of them and wanted to be a part of it. When not working, she enjoys cooking, spending time with her partner, walking their dog, Pinto, traveling, playing tennis, and going to concerts and hockey games. Daniela is also a recipient of the 2019 YNPN Innovator Award and the 2019 West Michigan Woman Brilliance Emerging Leader Award.

Elisa Ann Salazar, LMSW | Work Life Consultant, Grand Valley State University | elisa@ynpngr.org

Elisa is passionate about being a social worker. She loves helping people and empowering them to be their best selves. She considers herself a lifelong learner as she is working on her second Master's degree in Communications to be completed in May 2020. She spent most of her career working in the nonprofit sector as a mental health clinician. She joined the YNPN.GR board because she knows how important it is to have a diverse and energized pool of individuals doing nonprofit work. Elisa wants to do what she can to empower young professionals to be successful and build a career they feel passionate about. She enjoys rock climbing, spending time with her two boys, and playing board games with her large family. Indicative of this life-long learner, she loves listening to podcasts and audio books.

Stacie Stephens | Site/Program Manager for Maple Health Home, Cherry Health | stacie@ynpngr.org

Stacie's passion is providing the opportunity for mental health care to all who want and need the services. She sought to join the YNPN.GR because of the opportunity to build community with other young professionals and values the fellowship around education and growth building that YNPN offers. She holds a Master's in Health Administration from GVSU. When not at work, she loves traveling, experiences new places, and trying new restaurants.


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