Great Start Collaborative Membership Information

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Members & Meetings

It is crucial to the success of the GSC to have an active and engaged membership. The GSC meets a minimum of six times per year as a full body.  If you are interested in becoming involved as a member of the GSC, please contact Judy Freeman at jfreeman@firststepskent.org.

GSC 2014 Meeting Dates

Executive Team (10:30-12:00 at First Steps)

January 8, February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, & December 2

GSC Members (1:30-3:00 at Kent ISD)

February 27, April 24, June 26, August 28, October 23, & December 11

GSC Executive Team Members

  • Maureen Hale, PNC Bank (Chair)
  • Joanne Kelty, Grand Rapids Public Schools (Vice Chair)
  • Paula Brown, Great Start Parent Coalition
  • Chana’ Edmond-Verley, RDV Corporation
  • Lynne Ferrell, Frey Foundation
  • Rebekah Fennell, First Steps
  • Judy Freeman, Great Start
  • Joanne Hoganson, Kent County Health Department
  • Carol Paine-McGovern, Kent School Services Network
  • Jennifer Rees, Great Start Parent Coalition
  • Laurie VanderPloeg, Kent Intermediate School District
  • Betty Zylstra, Salvation Army Booth Family Services

GSC Members

  • Kerrie Anderson, Parent Representative
  • Megan Aukerman, Kent County DHS
  • Ruth Bishop, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Marrianne Boykin, CAC
  • Nadia Brigham, Kellogg Foundation
  • Rebecca Brinks, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Paula Brown, Great Start Parent Liaison
  • Dynetta Clark, DA Blodgett
  • Pam Cohn, Catholic Charities West Michigan
  • Barbara Corbin, Kent Intermediate School District (Early On)
  • Candace Cowling, Family Futures
  • Bob Dean, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Rep. Brandon Dillon
  • Kristina Donaldson, Parent Representative
  • Pam Doty-Nation, Children’s Assessment Center
  • Jane Downs, Rockford Schools
  • K’Sandra Earle, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
  • Chana’ Edmond-Verley, RDV Corporation
  • Lisa Ellison, Parent Representative
  • Sandra Ellison, Parent Representative
  • Cheryl Endres, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Teresa Erxleben, Parent Representative
  • Nkechy Ezeh, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
  • Rebekah Fennell, First Steps
  • Lynne Ferrell, Frey Foundation
  • Judy Freeman, Great Start
  • Reyna Garcia, Parent Representative
  • Shannon Gardner, Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Kristina Gem, Parent Representative
  • Kristin Gietzen, Arbor Circle
  • Jack Greenfield, Kent County Family & Children’s Coordinating Council (Arbor Circle)
  • Paul Haan, Healthy Homes Coalition
  • Maureen Hale, PNC Bank
  • Matt Haviland, Parent Representative
  • Lynn Heemstra, Office of Our Community’s Children
  • Susan Henning, Spectrum MOMS
  • MarQuita Herron, Parent Representative
  • Mary Hockwalt, Head Start for Kent County
  • Barbara Hawkins Palmer, Healthy Kent 2010
  • Lisa Hoffert, Women’s Caring Program
  • Joanne Hoganson, Kent County Health Department
  • Zsanara Hoskins, Great Start
  • Jerry Johnson, Grand Valley State University
  • Ruth Kelly, Grand Rapids City Commission
  • JoAnne Kelty, Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Maureen Kirkwood, Children’s Healthcare Access Program
  • Nick Koster, 17th Circuit Court
  • Linda Krombeen, Kent District Library
  • Cris Kutzli, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Karen Lay, Great Start Parent Liaison
  • Sarah McCarville, Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Ron McDermed, Cedar Springs Public Schools
  • Erin McGovern, Kent Intermediate School District
  • Lindsay McHolme, Literacy Center
  • Jean McMurray, Renaissance Church of God in Christ
  • Claudette McReynold, Parent Representative
  • Minnie Morey, West Michigan Asian Association
  • Starr Morgan, Parent Representative
  • Carole Paine-McGovern, Kent School Services Network
  • Christina Pavlak, First Steps
  • Katie Penninga, Cherry Street Health Services
  • Nicole Pratt, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Jennifer Rees, Parent Representative
  • Rob Schuitema, Grand Rapids Public Museum
  • David Sebastian, Sebastian Foundation
  • Jean Silbar, Comprehensive Therapy Center
  • Kimberly Spencer, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative
  • Terry Stelter, Conductive Learning Center
  • Holly Tiret, Michigan State University Extension
  • Rebeca Velazquez, First Steps
  • Deb VanderMolen, Kent Regional 4C
  • Matthew Van Zetten, Kent County Administration
  • Susan Verwys, Calvin College
  • Aarie Wade, Parent Representative
  • Heather Walczewski, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Nicole Wells, Parent Representative
  • Kaellen Williams, Great Start Parent Liaison
  • Brandi Willis, Parent Representative
  • Sarah Wright-Hamilton, Parent Representative
  • Anita Zandstra, Parent Representative
  • Betty Zylstra, Booth Family Services
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