Lisa has a passion and a warm personality for working with the community. She was born and raised in Grand Rapids and came to the Alano Club with non-profit, coaching, and leadership experience. Lisa’s talents and collaborative and engaging leadership will help her continue to create a successful mission. With Lisa’s approach, there will always be a safe, welcoming, and prosperous environment at the Alano Club of Kent County.
Lisa is married and has two sons and four grandsons. She enjoys spending time with her family and the outdoors and is an avid football fan.
Megan Gogo, Operations and Community Service Coordinator
Megan Gogo is our Operations and Community Service Coordinator at The Alano Club of Kent County. She has been involved in her recovery since 2018. Like many in the program, she did not come here on a winning streak. She got a nudge from the judge. She found that people here were pleased with themselves and their lives. After a couple of months, Megan was sentenced to 200 hours of community service. It is there where her passion started. After finishing her hours, she was offered to join the team. Now she oversees the Community Service Program and the Operations of the club. Megan can oversee as many as 150 community service clients per week.
When Megan is not working at the club, she continues her passion for recovery. She is in her second year at Grand Rapids Community College for Addiction Studies. Once she completes that, she will continue her education in social work. She is very involved in Alcoholics Anonymous and a couple of other pathways. Megan, like many women, has fought hard to be where she is today and, like most, has been able to be there now for her 9-year-old son. She is a true testimony that the program works.
Elisha Ash is a recovery coach at Network180 and serves as our board chair. In 2008, Elisha began attending meetings at the Club, and in 2010 chose to commit herself to a life of recovery. Through her professional and personal experience with her recovery journey, Elisha brings the board a fresh perspective and valuable contacts within the recovery and mental health community. Elisha facilitates some of the SMART Recovery meetings held at the Club and volunteers to speak at Turning Point and the Kent County Correctional Facility every month. In her spare time, Elisha enjoys spending time with family, gardening, working out, reading, and watching tv or movies.
Brad has worked in the lumber industry for 29 years now. He is responsible for roof design and engineering support for one of the largest builders of manufactured housing and modular home in the United States. His role includes engineering support for multiple manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S.
As part of the industry, Brad has worked hard to communicate technical information in an easy-to-understand format while promoting and implementing safety in the workplace and has served on many technical groups and industry-standard committees.
Brad has been in recovery since 2012, beginning at the Alano Club. By serving on the board, he hopes to improve on the existing solid foundation and help ensure that this club is around for years to come. In his spare time, he enjoys staying active in A.A. by attending meetings at the club and in the GR area, cycling, sailing, and relaxing while enjoying the many opportunities sobriety has brought him.
Amelia is the assistant controller for Mercantile Bank of Michigan and has worked for Mercantile for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance and an associate degree in accounting. Her past board experience includes five years as the treasurer for the Gratiot Emergency Housing Corporation, a nonprofit that assists residents with emergency housing needs. Amelia generously lends her financial knowledge to the Alano Club of Kent County to promote the organization’s sustainability for future generations. She resides in Belmont with her husband and three young children. Amelia also has two adult children.
Jackie Coombs, Board Secretary
Jackie is an artist, business owner, and mom of 3 residing on the west side of Grand Rapids, MI. She began her addiction recovery journey here at The Alano Club of Kent County in 2001 after coming to Grand Rapids for drug and alcohol treatment. Jackie has been involved with 12-step recovery for the majority of the time since and has extensive experience working the 12 steps, chairing literature studies, and bringing meetings into detox/treatment centers. She is passionate about the message of recovery and making it available to everyone who needs it!
Jackie's professional background includes business ownership (Red Tarillium Properties, LLC and Jackie Coombs Art), real estate investments (rental property ownership/management, house flipping), and many more. She is a creative thinker, a prolific reader, and skilled in writing and teaching. Her hobbies include art, camping, hiking, music festivals, and studying spirituality.
Lauren is a wife, mother and has been a Certified Sales Professional for one of the country's largest distribution companies for over ten years. She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Public Speaking from The University of South Carolina. Lauren has worked in the areas of sales, sports, and food & hospitality since childhood. She has held numerous service positions throughout her own recovery journey and continues to actively participate in her recovery through meetings, service, and sponsorship. Lauren brings her enthusiasm, skill, and a commitment to serve to the ACKC board and its members.
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Mike has been in equipment finance for the past 20 years, and before that, he sold construction equipment. Today, Mike is still working on the equipment finances and the construction machinery sales. He got sober in California in 1988 and has believed in service since the day he got sober. After he got sober, he spent 14 years in the retail industry, turning stores profitable for a significant corporation.
Ron has enjoyed an extensive career in telecommunications working in sales, sales support, sales engineering, and as an instructor providing advanced technology classes. He was involved in the emergence of the internet and the beginnings of wireless data and smartphones, employed by the largest telecom companies. Rons most fond career memories are helping others understand and embrace the rapidly evolving technology of computers and networks.
Ron has been an active member of the Alano Club of Kent County for many years and is active in supporting the recovery community. He is grateful for his years of recovery, and when an opportunity to help is identified, he reaches out to others who may be struggling. Ron set up and conducted Zoom meetings for AA members during the covid pandemic to be a lifeline for those who could not attend onsite meetings.
His hobbies include trying out new tech gadgets, music, travel, riding his Harley, and visiting with his family in person and on Zoom.
Ron desires to help the club by serving on the board to optimize and guide the use of IT/technology and various forms of communication to ensure a safe and accessible resource for those in need and provide sustainability for the future.
Tim retired from a 45-year career in public accounting and the federal government. He received a BBA and MBA from Western Michigan University and was a licensed CPA. Tim has been an active member of the recovery community for over 24 years and has been involved in numerous non-profit and volunteer organizations. He considers service work an opportunity to give back what he has freely received. Tim and his wife Sally have five children and 10 grandchildren who live between Seattle, Washington, and Tunis, Tunisia. Tim and Sally enjoy many outdoor activities and traveling throughout the U.S. and the world.