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About First Steps Kent

Our community vision is that every young child in Kent County will enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and life. First Steps Kent is working with our community partners to make that vision a reality.

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Nuestra visión comunitaria es que cada niño pequeño en el condado de Kent ingrese a Kindergarten saludable y listo para triunfar en la escuela y en la vida. En First Steps Kent estamos trabajando con nuestros socios comunitarios para hacer esta visión una realidad.

First Steps Kent is an independent nonprofit organization founded more than ten years ago.

Learn more about the history of First Steps Kent and the Early Childhood System in Kent County.

First Steps Kent es una organización independiente sin fines de lucro fundada hace más de diez años.

Conozca más sobre la historia de First Steps Kent y el sistema de la Primera Infancia en el condado de Kent.

Our Team

The First Steps Kent team is committed to ensuring every young child in Kent County will enter kindergarten healthy and ready to succeed in school and life.

  • Heather Boswell

    VP of Community Investments

    hboswell@firststepskent.org616.632.1016
  • Cati Cortes

    VP of Finance

    ccortes@firststepskent.org616.528.4547
  • Awilda Diaz

    Project Coordinator

    adiaz@firststepskent.org616.528.4559
  • Kiana Garcia

    Funding Administrator

    kgarcia@firststepskent.org616.528.4616
  • Shelby Glover

    Office Operations Manager

    sglover@firststepskent.org616.378.6272
  • Jennifer Headley-Nordman

    President

    jheadley-nordman@firststepskent.org616.528.4619
  • Kristen Sobolewski

    VP of Early Care and Education

    ksobolewski@firststepskent.org616.632.1011
  • Megan Streng

    Communications Director

    mstreng@firststepskent.org616.528.4552
  • Christine Timbol Larson

    VP of Impact

    ctlarson@firststepskent.org616.528.4548
  • Daniel VanderMolen

    Director of Policy and Grants

    dvandermolen@firststepskent.org616.528.4560
  • Abbie Wisusik

    Communications Intern

    awisusik@firststepskent.org313.671.4485

Nuestro Equipo

El equipo de First Steps Kent se compromete a velar por cada niño y niña del condado de Kent para que ingrese a Kindergarten saludable y listo para tener éxito en la escuela y en la vida.

  • Heather Boswell

    Vice Presidente

    hboswell@firststepskent.org616.632.1016
  • Cati Cortes

    Contabilidad Financiera

    ccortes@firststepskent.org616.528.4547
  • Shelby French

    Finance & HR Coordinator

    sfrench@firststepskent.org616.378.6272
  • Jill B. Salisbury

    Gerente de Proyectos y Recaudación de Fondos

    jsalisbury@firststepskent.org616.632.1004
  • Kristen Sobolewski

    Director de Proyectos

    ksobolewski@firststepskent.org616.632.1011
  • Megan Streng

    Director de Comunicaciones

    mstreng@firststepskent.org616.528.4552
  • Christine Timbol Larson

    Administrador Jefe de financiamiento

    ctlarson@firststepskent.org616.528.4548
  • Daniel VanderMolen

    Gerente de Proyectos

    dvandermolen@firststepskent.org616.528.4560

First Steps Kent Commission

The First Steps Kent Commission is committed to making Kent County a community in which all young children and their families can thrive. The Commission serves as our Board of Directors.

  • Kate Pew Wolters
    Co-Chair, Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation
  • Lew Chamberlin
    Co-Chair, West Michigan Whitecaps
  • Josh Sayles
    Secretary-Treasurer, Ernst & Young
  • Leah Atkins
    Parent Leader
  • Amanda Barbour
    Children’s Healing Center
  • Guillermo Cisneros
    Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Kevin Clay
    Pridgeon & Clay
  • Rev. Howard C. Earle, Jr.
    Beacon Hill
  • Claire Guisfredi
    North Kent Connect
  • Hanna C. Jaworski, MD
    Corewell Health
  • Melinda Johnson, MD
    Community Representative
  • Ron Koehler
    Kent ISD
  • Flora Ma
    Parent Leader
  • Krashawn Martin
    City of Wyoming
  • Kelsey Perdue
    Corewell Health & Grand Rapids City Commissioner
  • Anthony Queen
    Parent Leader
  • Milt Rohwer
    Community Representative
  • Randy Thelen
    The Right Place
  • Michelle Van Dyke
    Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Joslyn Ward
    Parent Leader
  • Sean Welsh
    PNC Bank
  • Doug DeVos, Emeritus
    Amway
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Comisión de First Steps Kent

La comisión de First Steps Kent esta comprometida a hacer del condado de Kent una comunidad en la cual todos los niños pequeños y sus familias puedan prosperar. La comisión sirve como junta directiva.

  • Kate Pew Wolters
    Co-Chair, Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation
  • Lew Chamberlin
    Co-Chair, West Michigan Whitecaps
  • Bob Herr
    Secretary-Treasurer, Community Representative
  • Melinda Johnson, MD
    Community Representative
  • Dr. Juan Olivarez
    Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU
  • Julie Ridenour
    Community Representative
  • Amanda Barbour
    Children’s Healing Center
  • Milt Rohwer
    Community Representative
  • Ron Koehler
    Kent Intermediate School District
  • Michelle Van Dyke
    Heart of West Michigan United Way
  • Kristina Donaldson
    Parent Representative
  • Carl Ver Beek
    Community Representative
  • Lynne Ferrell
    Frey Foundation
  • Sean Welsh
    PNC Bank
  • Maureen Hale
    Great Start Collaborative
  • Sue Jandernoa
    Community Representative
  • Claire Guisfredi
    North Kent Connect
  • Kelsey Perdue
    Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Rev. Howard C. Earle, Jr.
    New Hope Baptist Church
  • Hanna C. Jaworski, MD
    Spectrum Health
  • Doug DeVos, Emeritus
    Amway
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Funders

We want to thank our generous funders for their support of First Steps Kent and their commitment to young children in our community.

Funders

We want to thank our generous funders for their support of First Steps Kent and their commitment to young children in our community.

Financial Reports


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Financial Reports


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Meetings

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