About North Kent Connect
North Kent Connect is the one-stop resource hub in rural northern Kent County, providing food, clothing, financial assistance for housing and utilities, training and education, and offering resources for a pathway out of poverty.
Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles of North Kent Connect
A Community of Thriving People
North Kent Connect is a Christian organization committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence.
- All people are created in the image of God. All people are precious to God.
- We care for those in need with love and grace.
- We believe in neighbors helping neighbors through partnerships.
- We celebrate the diversity of people and treat everyone with compassion, dignity and respect.
- We empower people to make positive changes in their lives.
- We are good stewards of our resources.
Meet the Team
Board of Directors
Every board and committee member offers unique skills, talents and life experiences, making North Kent Connect a stronger organization.
Board and Committee Members
The NKC Board of Directors and committees are comprised of individuals living and/or working in Belmont, Cedar Springs, Comstock Park, Grand Rapids, Newaygo, Rockford, and Sparta. Every board and committee member offers unique skills, talents, and life experiences, making North Kent Connect a stronger organization.
- Cheryl Scales, PE (President) – Retired, Principal, Progressive AE
- Lisa Cooper (Vice President) SHRM-CP, PHR – Founder & Chief People Officer, Cooper People Group
- Ben O’Hearn (Secretary) – Attorney and Litigation Director, Migrant Legal Aid
- Dan Triezenberg (Treasurer) – Chief Financial Officer, Wolverine Gas and Oil Corp
- Ben Taylor (Clergy Representative) – Pastor, Sparta Baptist
Board of Directors
- Jen Bellamy – VP Commercial Lending, ChoiceOne Bank
- Andrew Blackmore – Chief Executive Officer, Display Pack
- Crystal Bravo – Community Development Specialist, Mercantile Bank
- Cathy Cooper – Sr. Director, Community Partnerships & Giving, Meijer
- Greg Doerr – Owner, Hurst Mechanical
- Joshua Grimes – Pastor, Blythefield Christian Reformed Church
- Ellen Nyblad – Director, Mamrelund Church Food Pantry
- Mary Rangel – Chairperson, Sparta Area Migrant Resource Council
- Adriane Schrauben – Shareholder, Hungerford Nichols
- Dean Whittaker – Corporate Treasury Manager, Spectrum Health