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...


Staff


Gail Harrison, Executive Director 

Sarah Salguera, Program Director
Alfredo Hernandez, Diversity Education Associate
Eunice Ruiz, Migrant Programs Associate
Khayree Williams, Youth Program Associate
Claudia Armijo, Reading Program Associate

Taylor Daugherty, Operations & Communications Director
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 
Kris Drake, Vice Chairperson
Access Health
Simone Jonaitis, Treasurer 
Grand Valley State University
Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani, Secretary
Ottawa County Great Start Collaborative
Nancy HaynesEx Officio Past Chairperson
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan 

Latoya Booker
Aquinas College
Jack Dykstra
Holland Police Department 
Abraham Gonzales
Law Office of Abraham Gonzales
Paula Kendra
Kendra Consulting
Amy Masko
Grand Valley State University
Reyna Masko
Ottawa County
Aimee Vanden Elzen
Johnson Controls, Inc. 
Quincy Williams
Grand Valley State University

CEO 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. 
Dr. James Bultman
President | Hope College 
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 
Thomas Haas
President | Grand Valley State University 
Nelson Jacobson
President/CEO | JSJ Corporation 
Dorothy A. Johnson
President Emeritus | Council of Michigan Foundations 
Larry Koops
Senior Vice President | Fifth Third Bank 
Bruce Los
Vice President of Human Relations | Gentex Corporation
Rodney Martin
Diversity Partner | Warner, Norcross & Judd 
Lawrence J. Murphy
Partner | Varnum Law 
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. 
Lynne Sherwood
Trustee | JSJ Corporation Foundation 
Dale Sowders
President/CEO | Holland Hospital 
Alan G. Vanderberg
County Administrator | Ottawa County 
Brian Walker
President/CEO | Herman Miller