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
Nancy Collins, Northwest Ottawa Diversity Associate 

Yah-Hanna Leys, Development Director
Michele McCauley, Marketing Manager
Patricia Strachan, Administrative Associate
Kris Hunter, Accountant

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 

Melissa Freye
Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Heather C. Gluszewski

Simone Jonatis
Grand Valley State University 

Reyna Masko
Ottawa County

James E. McHale

Aimee Vanden Elzen
Disher Design 

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

William Fettis
Partner, Investment Property Associates

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

Thomas Haas, Ph.D
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

John C. Knapp, Ph.D
President, Hope College

Rodney Martin
Diversity Partner, Warner, Norcross & Judd

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D
President, Muskegon Community College

Mat Nguyen
President, Worksighted

Jeffrey Padnos
President, Louis Padnos Iron & Metal

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

Dale Sowders
President/CEO, Holland Hospital

Robert Vande Vusse
Mayor, City of Holland

Alan G. Vanderberg
County Administrator, Ottawa County

Brian Walker
President/CEO, Herman Miller