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Our Board



Our Board of Directors


2015-2016 Officers


Deb Bailey, President
Steelcase Inc.
Maria DeVos*, Vice President
Community Volunteer
Brookton Behm, Treasurer
Crowe Horwath
Charles Ash, Secretary
Warner Norcross & Judd

Board Members

eMily Aleman-McAlpine
Blue Cross/ Blue Shield of Michigan
Ben Emdin
Community Volunteer

Carla Grant
Hungerford Nichols

Mark Janes
Amy Keane
Community Volunteer
Madelaine Lane
Warner Norcross & Judd
Brandy Lovelady Mitchell
Kent Intermediate School District
Liesel Meijer
Community Volunteer
Andrew Portinga
Miller Johnson
Todd Walker

Maria Alvarez de Lopez
Mercy Health/ Saint Mary’s
Art Gray
PNC Bank
Joe Jones
Grand Rapids Urban League
Rebecca Knack
Community Volunteer
Paul Lee
Winchester/ Donkey Taqueria
Quan Mac
Legacy Trust
Carol Paine-McGovern
Kent Social Services Network
Julie Towner
Rockford Construction
Maribeth Wardrop
Grand Valley State University


Ex-Officio Board Members
Teresa Weatherall Neal, Grand Rapids Public Schools
Wendy VerHage Falb, PhD, Grand Rapids Board of Education
Mary Bouwense, Grand Rapids Education Association








 SAF Impact Areas

” I know a father of five who constantly asks me when the sports teams are starting up because he’s so anxious to participate.  It really builds up families and communities.  The need for physical movement is essential and so is the need to feel like part of a team.”   Sue Garza, Parent




GRPS Calculator

MATH SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY- Helping students be prepared for the 21st Century Economy by providing access to needed technology tools.

GR8 Sports, Great Kids

Advisory Committee


Art Gray, Chair
Jennifer Boezwinkle
Kellie Dean
Kurt Johnson
Walter Moore, Jr.
Adam Sturdivant
Jason Zylstra

Mel Atkins Sr.
Dave Custer
Roger Jansen, Ph.D.
Brandy Lovelady Mitchell
Misti Stanton
Michele Suchovsky