Agency Information
The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance works to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community.

Influenced by national dialogue and research on racial equity, the Diversity Alliance forms a bridge between formal and informal leaders and individuals throughout our community and region. This model establishes credibility, expertise, and accountability; increases visibility and awareness; and fosters defined, sustainable initiatives and outcomes.

Today the Diversity Alliance represents a broad cross-section of interests and cultures. Hundreds of volunteers and a growing staff work on initiatives throughout the region, alongside dozens of area CEOs and stakeholders engaged in moving forward a vision of racial equity. To view our extensive media archive, click here...


Gail Harrison, Executive Director 

Sarah Salguera, Program Director
Alfredo Hernandez, Associate Program Director
Eunice Ruiz, Migrant Programs Associate
Claudia Armijo, Reading Program Associate

Yah-Hanna Leys, Fund Development Associate
Patricia Strachan, Administrative Associate
Diane Rodriguez, Accountant
Teresa Van Oosterhout, Grant Writer

Nancy Collins, Northwest Ottawa Diversity Associate

Board of Directors

Amy Otis-De Grau, Chairperson
Hope College

Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, Vice Chairperson

Abraham Gonzales, Treasurer 
Law Office of Abraham Gonzales

Latoya Booker, Secretary
Aquinas College

Nancy HaynesEx Officio Past Chairperson
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan 

Jack Dykstra
Holland Police Department 
Melissa Frey
Council of Michigan Foundations
Heather C. Gluszewski
Simone Jonatis
Grand Valley State University
Reyna Masko
Ottawa County
James E. McHale
Aimee Vanden Elzen
Johnson Controls, Inc. 
Marcie Ver Beek
Ottawa County
Quincy Williams
Grand Valley State University

Advisory Council

The CEO Advisory Council, comprised of chief executives and community leaders, helps establish leadership consensus regarding key priorities, action strategies and performance measures that will have the greatest impact on achieving community and organization cultures that are genuinely welcoming and inclusive to all.

James W.F. Brooks, Council Chair
Managing Partner | Brooks Capital Management

.Franco Bianchi                                                                                   President/CEO | Haworth, Inc.

Jud Bradford                                                                                       Chairman | Bradford Paper Company

Leslie Brown                                                                                        Chairman | Metal Flow Corp.

Tony Castillo
Owner | Milagro Six, Inc

Noel Cuellar
CEO | Primera Plastics   

Becca Dernberger
Vice President | Manpower

Kurt Dykstra
Mayor | City of Holland

William Fettis
Partner | Investment Property Associates      

Mike Goorhouse
President/CEO | Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area   

Thomas Haas
President | Grand Valley State University

Scott Huizenga
Partner | Varnum Law

Nelson Jacobson
President/CEO | JSJ Corporation

Dorothy  A. Johnson
President Emeritus | Council of Michigan Foundations

Holly Johnson
President | Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

Dr. John C. Knapp                                                                                       President | Hope College   

Larry Koops
Senior Vice President | Fifth Third Bank

Rodney Martin 
Diversity Partner | Warner, Norcross & Judd

Dale Nesbary
President | Muskegon Community College

Mat Nguyen
President | Worksighted

Jeffrey Padnos
President | Louis Padnos Iron & Metal    

Richard J. Pappas, Ed.D
President | Davenport University

Elizabeth Rolinski
Director of Operations | Johnson Controls, Inc.

Dale Sowders
President/CEO | Holland Hospital

Alan G. Vanderberg
County  Administrator | Ottawa County 

Brian Walker
President/CEO | Herman Miller