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Chief Talent Officer
I believe that continued improvements to the lives of our youngest community members is the best way to better our community as a whole. In my role, I work to coordinate ongoing projects such as community engagement, event planning and donor relations management.
The most exciting part of my job so far has been my participation in our Summer Lunch Program at Leisure Estates. Through this program, I had the opportunity to develop relationships with wonderful families and children, meet other community leaders who share my passion, and collaborate with numerous organizations to provide educational and nutritional support.
When I am not working, I can be found shopping for a great bargain.
Claim to Fame
I have planned and coordinated many weddings for fun in my spare time!
Community Resource Manager
I work for Ready for School because I believe in the power of education and I believe that everyone should have equal access to education. By better preparing students for Kindergarten, Ready For School is working to close that gap between students that is unfortunately present in school from day one. However, we don't stop there. We strive to also prepare parents, which, being a parent myself, I know is a relief to have an organization out there making sure I don't have to stumble through the process on my own. In my role, I work to reach the families in the community and make sure that they have the resources and information that they need to ensure their children are successful.
When I'm not working I can be found reading, cross stitching, or designing some crazy DIY project for around the house off of Pinterest.
Claim to Fame
I lived in Argentina for 6 months and was also able to go Bungie Jumping in Costa Rica (much more terrifying and thrilling than jumping out of a plane!)
It brings me great joy and fulfillment to be part of an organization whose mission and vision focus on walking alongside families and children in this community. Ready for School's approach to early childhood development and commitment to children reaching their fullest potential is unique and inspiring. I love that each of us is empowered to advocate for the families we partner with; I am dedicated to ensuring our community and its youngest generation flourish. In my role, I work with the medical community to help integrate reading into pediatric practices, advise families about the importance of reading with their children, and share books that serve as a catalyst for healthy childhood development. When I am not working, I can be found spending time with my husband, daughters, family and friends...playing games, boating, hiking and working out are all more fun when shared with others!
Claim to Fame
I spent a few summers at the base of the Mission Mountains, changing irrigation pipe in exchange for room and board.
Summer Enrichment Program Director
Working for Ready for School makes me feel at home. Having moved here from Northwest Indiana just two years ago, I left behind a non-profit I founded and led for a decade that cares for immigrant and refugee families. As my family has settled into the area, I wanted to find a way to use my teaching and non-profit work experience in the West Michigan area, and was blessed to discover the good work that Ready for School is doing for our community. My role is to serve as the organizer of our robust summer programming, collaborating with parents, local school corporations, and fellow non-profit agencies in the process.
Realizing the importance of first impressions, I am dedicated to equipping young learners to thrive in their initial kindergarten experience and beyond. Each child has been entrusted with unique talents and challenges. It is my personal passion to activate student enthusiasm and remove barriers that could inhibit them from reaching their full potential. In my 15+ years of classroom teaching and non-profit work, the joy that I have received from watching students overcome obstacles is immeasurable. It makes our endeavor to maintain and grow our high quality organization worth it.
When I am not working I can be found in the yard, playing with our four children and our bounding golden retriever, Dune. My husband and I love taking our children on bike rides, out for ice cream, and making sand creations at the lakefront.
Claim to Fame
An Indiana girl, I am a fourth generation Purdue University legacy. My great grandfather, also named Jesse, graduated exactly 100 years before me!