EMMA GARCIA
Co-Executive Director

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

emma@accessofwestmichigan.org

CHRISTINA SWINEY
Co-Executive Director

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.

christina@accessofwestmichigan.org

KIM STARKS
Poverty Education Director

Kim began at Access in 2019, she directs our Poverty Education Workshops. She is excited to be building people’s awareness of the ways they can get involved to eradicate poverty. She is passionate about people, and loves seeing others thrive in their life. She’s always ready to connect and collaborate with others. 

Favorite things: Traveling, jet skiing, and reading great books. 

Kim@accessofwestmichigan.org

 

NIKI PERKINS
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.

niki@accessofwestmichigan.org

NANCY VELDKAMP-BRUBAKER
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

nancy@accessofwestmichigan.org

MCKENZIE JACKSON
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. 

 

mckenzie@accessofwestmichigan.org

ERIN SKIDMORE
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.

erin@accessofwestmichigan.org

ALAINA DOBKOWSKI
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!)

alaina@accessofwestmichigan.org