Tell us a little about yourself.
Where to start? :) I am relatively new to Grand Rapids, I have only been here about five years now and I love it! I grew up on the East Side of the state, went to college to be a physical therapist and realized that wasn’t the right dream for me and then changed schools and degrees which has led me to find my dream job, at Kids’ Food Basket. I love to travel, read (all genres of books - current reads are Radical Candor and Lean In), spend time at the lake/fish and work! I love to work! :) I am also on the DA Blodgett St. John’s Emerging Leader Council and on the planning committee for a new Asian Youth Conference we are working on for the fall.
Why did you join GRYP?
I joined GRYP to meet new people and experience all GR has to offer. I’ve been here for a few years now but it has only been in more recent years that I have really felt like this is home. Part of that is meeting more people and really seeing everything this great city has to offer and GRYP has helped me do some of that.
What's your favorite event?
My favorite event is the gala, partially because I am on the planning committee and partially because I think it is a great networking opportunity and a great way to recognize that young professionals are really moving the needle in the city through their work and their passions.
How long have you been a member?
I’ve been a member for about two years now and just joined the board.
What area of work are you in?
I am the Development Director at Kids’ Food Basket. I have worked in nonprofit fundraising for the past 11 years and truly love working as a change agent.
What's your favorite thing to do in Grand Rapids?
Since I am still relatively new to the city, I love to explore and try new restaurants and breweries.