Let me start out by saying how honored I am to be taking on the Executive Director role at the Grand Rapids Pride Center (GRPC). Approaching its 30th birthday in 2018, I am extremely excited to be joining an organization that has for so long empowered and offered support and resources to the Grand Rapids LGBTQ+ community.
A Bit About Me
I am originally from North Carolina and moved to Michigan in 2012 to attend grad school at Grand Valley State University. For the last 5 years, I have worked at Hope Network in Grand Rapids as the Director of Children’s Residential Services.
My time at Hope has taught me that my true passion lies in advocacy and empowering underrepresented and vulnerable populations; this is what I’m looking forward to bringing to the GRPC.
My Vision for the Grand Rapids Pride Center
These are exciting times for the GRPC and I believe we are poised to grow significantly in the next 3-5 years as we begin to form new partnerships and expand our services being offered. I’m looking forward to getting the internal operations working smoothly and effectively, and building upon the great work that our staff and volunteers have already been doing!
Long term, my goals for the GRPC include...
Strategic placement of the GRPC to better align with the unique needs of our community.
Continued advocacy and support through services offered.
Engagement with community initiatives and projects that will work to further support our Grand Rapids LGBTQ community.
Increased partnerships with communities beyond our own.
Grand Rapids and Beyond
On a local level, we will continue to be that safe space in the community for those who need it while also exploring how we can take a larger role in advocacy, policy development, and education.
Looking beyond our local community, the GRPC will utilize partnerships and resources it already has to ensure we are doing our part in creating safe spaces across our state; this includes community coalitions, data collection, and training and education.
I am so excited to be joining an organization that works so hard every day to create a community that is accepting, educated, and safe.
I look forward to getting started, and I welcome anyone to stop by and visit!