Meet the KSSN Team

  • Shereen Allen Brookwood Elementary

    Shereen Allen is the Community School Coordinator at Brookwood Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools. Shereen has a Bachelor's Degree in Family Life Education, and has worked in schools with grades pre-K through middle school. Contact Shereen at 616-455-0030 x22112, or 269-762-3362. 

  • Carley Bennett Crestwood Middle School

    Carley Bennett is the Community School Coordinator at Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood Public Schools. Carley has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work and Public Administration at Grand Valley State University. Contact Carley at 616-455-1200, x33216.

  • Cinda Birely Appleview Elementary

    Cinda Birely is the Community School Coordinator at Appleview Elementary in Sparta Area Schools. Previously, Cinda worked as a Behavior Interventionist with elementary-aged students, and has experience working in foster care and as an adult mental health case manager. Contact Cinda at 616-887-1743, x4217.

  • Cheyenne Buelterman-Fernandez Harrison Park Academy

    Cheyenne Buelterman-Fernandez is the Community School Coordinator at Stocking Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Previously, Cheyenne worked for the YMCA, Cherry Health through AmeriCorps, and served in Peru in the Peace Corps. Contact Cheyenne at 616-819-2911.  

  • Vanessa Cervantes Buchanan Elementary

    Vanessa Cervantes is the Community School Coordinator at Buchanan Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Contact Vanessa at 616-819-2252, x5391. 

  • Colin Christopher Alger Middle School

    Colin Christopher is the Community School Coordinator at Alger Middle School in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Contact Colin at 616-819-6200.

  • Cindy Conkle Coit Creative Arts Academy

    Cindy Conkle is the Community School Coordinator for Coit Creative Arts Academy in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Cindy has extensive experience in fundraising and nonprofit work, and is passionate about teaching the whole child, empowering parents, and lifting community voices. Contact Cindy at 616-308-4977. 

  • Allie Corfixsen Townline Elementary

    Allie Corfixsen is the Community School Coordinator at Townline Elementary School in Kentwood Public Schools. Previously, Allie was an intern at Challenger Elementary in Kentwood Public before pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work and Trauma Across the Lifespan. Contact Allie at 616-822-0609.

  • Jocelyn Coria Lee High School East Lee Campus

    Jocelyn Coria is the Community School Coordinator at Lee High School and East Lee Campus in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. Jocelyn has a B.S. in Psychology, experience in mental health advocacy and therapy, and has a passion for social justice. Contact Jocelyn at 616-452-3296, x4322. 

  • Teresa Cruz-Vega Southwest Elementary School – Academia Bilingüe

    Teresa Cruz-Vega is the Community School Coordinator at Southwest Elementary School – Academia Bilingüe in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Contact Teresa at 616-819-7991.

  • Melissa Dean Harrison Park Academy

    Melissa Dean is the Community School Coordinator at Harrison Park Academy in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Melissa has a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature and Spanish, and is obtaining a Master's in Applied Linguistics. Contact Melissa 616-819-4473.

  • Meghan Deckinga Godfrey Elementary

    Meghan Deckinga is the Community School Coordinator at Godfrey Elementary in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools.
    Meghan has a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Spanish, and a Master's of Social Work with an emphasis on organization and community practice. Contact Meghan at 616-243-0533, x2325.

  • Lynnae Edmond Gerald R. Ford Academic Center

    Lynnae Edmond is the Community School Coordinator at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Lynnae has worked for Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative as a preschool teacher, and now loves being part of the Gerald R. Ford community! Contact Lynnae at 616-819-7581.

  • Amber Fox KSSN Administrative Office

    Amber Fox is the Director of Talent Development and a KSSN Team Lead. Amber has worked in social work, education, out-of-school time programming, parent engagement, and program development, and is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. Contact Amber at 616-340-5617.

  • Gaby Friar Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center

    Gaby Friar is the Community School Coordinator at Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. Contact Gaby at 616-452-8703, x1324.

  • Sarai Gamez

    Sarai Gamez is the Community School Coordinator at Parkview Elementary in Wyoming Public Schools. Sarai is currently obtaining a Master's in Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University. Contact Sarai at 616-530-7572, x4706.

  • Pablo Garcia Westwood Middle School

    Pablo Garcia is the Community School Coordinator at Union High School in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Pablo is in the process of obtaining a Master's Degree, and feels that building relationships and community are of the utmost importance. Contact Pablo at 616-819-3160.

  • Kelsey Gruber Godwin Heights High School

    Kelsey Gruber is the Community School Coordinator at Godwin Heights High School in Godwin Heights Public Schools. Kelsey has experience in non-profit and community development, and speaks both English and Spanish to empower and advocate for communities. Contact Kelsey at 616-252-2050, x2141.

  • Brandon Hassevoort Southwood Elementary

    Brandon Hassevoort is the Community School Coordinator at Sparta High School in Sparta Area Schools. Brandon has worked with elementary and middle school students through the YMCA and has experience in community outreach. Contact Brandon at 616-887-8213.

  • Teresa Jackson Challenger Elementary

    Teresa Jackson is the Community School Coordinator at Challenger Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools. Teresa has a B.A. in Health and Human Services, an M.A. in Health Administration, and has worked at Spectrum Health and Head Start for Kent County. Contact Teresa at 616-322-9396.

  • Miriam Kluitenberg Godwin Heights Middle School

    Miriam Kluitenberg is the Community School Coordinator at Godwin Heights Middle School in Godwin Heights Public Schools. Miriam was also a KSSN intern at Godwin Middle School while she completed her Bachelor's in Social Work and Spanish. Contact Miriam at 616-252-2070, x3007.

  • Courtney Knudson Sparta Middle School

    Courtney Knudson is the Community School Coordinator at Sparta Middle School in Sparta Area Schools. Courtney has a social work background and experience in substance abuse and mental health. Contact Courtney at 616-887-8211, x2605.

  • Shay Kraley KSSN Administrative Office

    Shay Kraley is the Operations Manager for KSSN. Shay has been an English Language Arts teacher at the middle and high school levels, and has extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector. Contact Shay at 616-447-2485.

  • Evan Lauchié School Based

    Evan Lauchié is the Community School Coordinator at William C. Abney Academy. Contact Evan at 616-634-9878.

  • Della Levi Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy

    Della Levi is the Community School Coordinator at Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Academy in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Della has extensive experience working in child welfare and substance abuse prevention. Contact Della at 616-819-7736.

  • Stephen Lovell Alpine Elementary

    Stephen Lovell is the Community School Coordinator at Alpine Elementary in Kenowa Hills Public Schools. Stephen has spent time as a teacher in South America and was a nutrition educator in various elementary schools in Grand Rapids. Contact Stephen at 616-784-0884, x5240.

  • Earnestine Mays Campus Elementary

    Earnestine Mays is the Community School Coordinator at Campus Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Earnestine has worked in domestic violence, adoption, and mental health, and has been a crisis counselor, case manager, and Child and Family Therapist. Contact Earnestine at 616-819-7823.

  • Yasmin Mohamed Bowen Elementary

    Yasmin Mohamed is the Community School Coordinator at Bowen Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools. 
    Yasmin received a Bachelor's of Social Work from Grand Valley State University and is currently obtaining a Master's of Social Work degree. Contact Yasmin at 616-455-5220, x21319.

  • Kristen Moss KSSN Administrative Office

    Kristen Moss is a KSSN Team Lead and was previously a Community School Coordinator in Kentwood Public Schools. Kristen has a passion for youth development, diversity issues, and family and community engagement. Contact Kristen at 616-259-6202.

  • Claire Mulder Union High School

    Claire Mulder is the Community School Coordinator at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood Public Schools. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work. Contact Claire at 616-426-4441.

  • Alma Obande César E. Chávez Elementary

    Alma Obande is the Community School Coordinator at César E. Chávez Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Alma has worked as a Child Protective Services Investigator, and has experience in office administration, human services, and ministry. Contact Alma at 616-819-5864.

  • Carol Paine-McGovern KSSN Administrative Office

    Carol Paine-McGovern is the Executive Director of KSSN. Carol has worked in public health and was a policy analyst for the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Carol also started the Healthy Start program in Kent County, and has extensive experience in philanthropy. Contact Carol at 616-447-2480.

  • Ashley Phillips Cedar Springs Public Schools

    Ashley Phillips is the Community School Coordinator for Cedar Springs Public Schools. Ashley has a Master's in Family & Consumer Sciences, and is pursuing a Master's in Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling. Prior to KSSN, Ashley worked for Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative. Contact Ashley at 616-696-9884, x2908.

  • Janet Piccolo Godfrey Elementary

    Janet Piccolo is the Community School Coordinator at Burton Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. With 20 years of experience, Janet is passionate about serving families and empowering students of all ages. Contact Janet at 616-819-4319.

  • Maddie Rhoades Glenwood Elementary

    Maddie Rhoades is the Community School Coordinator at Glenwood Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools.
    Maddie has a Bachelor's of Public & Non-Profit Administration, and has worked with domestic violence and substance abuse organizations. Contact Maddie at 616-455-2510, x24414.

  • Sonia Riley West Elementary

    Sonia Riley is the Community School Coordinator at Dickinson Academy Cultural Center in Grand Rapids Public Schools. Sonia has held various roles in community and health education, and is a member of the Community Enrichment Commission for the City of Wyoming. Contact Sonia at 616-819-2585.

  • Anna Rivera Gladiola Elementary

    Anna Rivera is the Community School Coordinator at Gladiola Elementary in Wyoming Public Schools, and has a Bachelor's in Social Work. Anna has served as a mentor and college readiness liaison, and is passionate about serving the Spanish speaking community. Contact Anna at 616-530-7596, x4163. 

  • Adrien Robinson

    Adrien Robinson is the Community School Coordinator at East Elementary in Grandville Public Schools. Contact Adrien at 616-633-7482.

  • Sarah Schantz KSSN Administrative Office North Godwin Elementary

    Sarah Schantz is the Community School Coordinator at West Godwin Elementary and the KSSN District Team Lead for Godwin Heights Public Schools. Sarah has worked in various social work and educational capacities, including after-school programming and teaching English abroad. Contact Sarah at 616-325-1980.

  • Jill Schmidt East Kentwood High School

    Jill Schmidt is the Community School Coordinator at East Kentwood High School in Kentwood Public Schools. Jill has a Master's in Social Work and has worked in various roles supporting children, youth, and families. Contact Jill at 616-426-4438, x42205.

  • Sara Scott Sibley Elementary

    Sara Scott is the Community School Coordinator at Sibley Elementary in Grand Rapids Public Schools. In addition to serving in the Cherry Health AmeriCorps program, Sara has brought Total Trek Quest, a successful after-school program, to Kent County. Contact Sara at 616-819-7746.

  • Chelle Steffens Pinewood Middle School

    Chelle Steffens is the Community School Coordinator at Pinewood Middle School in Kentwood Public Schools. Chelle has experience working in education and is pursuing an M.Ed. Chelle believes that empowering a community begins by fostering just relationships. Contact Chelle at 616-455-1224, x33203.

  • Noele Stith Valleywood Middle School

    Noele Stith is the Community School Coordinator at Valleywood Middle School in Kentwood Public Schools. Noele has extensive experience in the non-profit sector, and specializes in working in leadership development and equity and inclusion. Contact Noele at 616-538-7670 x 34212.

  • Adam Swenson Southwood Elementary

    Adam Swenson is the Community School Coordinator at Southwood Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools. Adam attended Shippensburg University has a Master's in Urban Education. Adam has been a camp director and teacher at Lighthouse Academy. Contact Adam at 616.426.4280, x27301.

  • Andy Tevlin Bowen Elementary

    Andrew Tevlin is the Community School Coordinator at Discovery Elementary in Kentwood Public Schools. Andrew has previously worked in various roles for Kentwood Public Schools and Ferris State University. Contact Andrew at 616-871-1080, x19302.

  • Jackee Thompson Lee Middle School

    Jackee Thompson is the Community School Coordinator at Lee Middle School in Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. Jackee has a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice and has worked with the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and as a Crisis Interventionist with the 17th Circuit Family Court. Contact Jackee at 616-452-3296, x7323.

  • Jessica Tornow KSSN Administrative Office

    Jessica Tornow is a KSSN Team Lead and was previously a Community School Coordinator in Kentwood Public Schools. Jessica has an MSW Degree and experience working in child welfare and after-school programming. Contact Jessica at 231.670.9943.

  • Brianna Vasquez de Pereira Meadowlawn Elementary

    Brianna Vasquez de Pereira is the Community School Coordinator at Meadowlawn Elementary School in Kentwood Public Schools. Prior to joining the KSSN team in 2012, Brianna was a middle and high school teacher in the USA and in Guatemala. Contact Brianna at 616-534-4608, x26129.

  • Jodi West KSSN Administrative Office Appleview Elementary

    Jodi West is the Community School Coordinator at Ridgeview Elementary in Sparta Area Schools and the KSSN District Team Lead for Sparta Area Schools. Jodi previously worked as a preschool teacher, a parent educator, and an ESL teacher for adult learners. Contact Jodi at 616-887-8218, x3308.

  • Farris Withers East Kentwood Freshman Campus

    Farris Withers is the Community School Coordinator at East Kentwood Freshman Campus in Kentwood Public Schools. Contact Farris at 616-426-4871.

  • Amanda Witte KSSN Administrative Office

    Amanda Witte is a KSSN Team Lead and was previously a Community School Coordinator for Cedar Springs Public Schools. Amanda has a Master's of Social Work from Grand Valley State University and over 6 years' experience in child welfare as a foster home licensing specialist. Contact Amanda at 616-439-1022.