Emma has been with Access since 2009 and currently serves as the Co-Executive Director supporting mission and programming of Access. She relies on coffee to get her through busy days—everything from grant writing and meetings to community events and presentations. Emma considers it a joy to be a bearer of the value and culture of the Kingdom of God on earth.
Craziest thing she’s ever done: Journeyed to all six inhabited continents in one decade
Favorite things: Her husband Juan and daughter Ezzy, her spiritual community on the West Side of Grand Rapids, and her 101 year old house
Christina has been with Access since 2015. She manages the business and financial aspects of the Co-Executive duo. She loves the opportunity to work in an organization that addresses the systemic issues and root causes of poverty, and sees this work as a way to bring about the biblical picture of shalom in society.
Craziest thing she’s ever done: Participated in a polar plunge into Lake Michigan in April
Favorite things: Spending time outside with her husband and four boys. Camping. Coffee.
Poverty Education Director
Brenda has been with Access since 2014 and works to educate people on the realities of life in poverty and encourage them to make a positive impact. She enjoys the flexibility of her job and is motivated to do her best work by her daily devotions.
Craziest thing she’s ever done: Had 21 kids over for a sleepover
Favorite things: Time with family
Congregation Casework Director
Niki coordinates the work of the Congregation Connections program which includes resourcing partner congregations with casework services and facilitating trainings.
Craziest thing she’s ever done: Bungee jumping in Chicago.
NOW Program Manager
Nancy has been with Access since 2015 and oversees Access’ Nutritional Options for Wellness (NOW) program where she enjoys interacting with all the great people who are a part of it. NOW provides weekly healthy food and healthy living education to individuals who have a chronic disease and are underserved. Nancy is passionate about the program and the incredible, life-changing impact that healthy, whole food makes on our health, life, and community.
Craziest thing she’s ever done: Nearly went past the edge of the Caribbean Sea to be lost in the Atlantic Ocean while sailing on a small Hobie-Cat
Favorite things: Being Grandma to three amazing grandsons
NOW Project Coordinator
McKenzie has been with Access since 2017 and works with Access’ Good Food Systems initiative. She enjoys interacting with all of the different community partners and community members who are a part of her work. She also enjoys the personal growth she continues to experience while working at Access. She is very passionate about the values of improving health, increasing knowledge, and increasing access to healthy food.
Favorite things: Reading a book on the deck in the sunshine or spending time with family.
Good Food Systems Coordinator
Erin has been with Access since 2017 and supports Access’ Good Food Systems initiatives with the goal of cultivating a just and equitable food system. She values opportunities for learning and growth that have been a part of her food journey and appreciates the wonderful people doing this challenging, but beautiful work.
Favorite things: Connecting with the natural world, hiking, and creating meals.
Communications and Development Coordinator
Alaina joined the Access team in 2019, supporting Access with communications and fundraising. Alaina is thankful to be a part of an organization committed to system level approaches to changing outcomes in our community. Fun fact- Alaina was a Casework Services Intern at Access in 2004! She is excited to be back in a new role.
Favorite things: Taking walks with my family and enjoying my front porch (especially in the Spring and Fall!)