Leadership

Staff

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Lisa Derr,
Executive Director

Lisa has a passion and 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, 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 a grandson. She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, and is an avid football fan.

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Megan Gogo, Operations and Community Service Manager

Megan Gogo is our Operations and Community Service Manager at The Alano Club of Kent County. She has been involved in her recovery since 2019. Like a lot of those in the program, she did not come here on a winning streak. She got the 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. On a given week, Megan can oversee as many as 150 community service clients. When Megan is not working at the club, she continues her passion for recovery. She is Vice President on the board of Recovery Infused Yoga in The Grand Rapids Young Peoples of Alcoholics Anonymous. 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 7-year-old son.

  

 

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Tim Dolphin, Donor Coordinator

Tim grew up in East Grand Rapids and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Food Systems Management and Economics. He moved around the country some as a salesman in the food industry and after moving back to Grand Rapids twice, he decided to remain here. He has four grown sons, one living currently in Japan, one in New York State, one in Ypsilanti and a fourth just starting college. He married his wife Laura Anne in 2016 and together they enjoy hiking with their golden retriever Clover. Tim also enjoys playing soccer, tennis, golf, bicycling, reading and being outdoors.

Tim is pleased to be a part of Alano Club which brings recovery and hope to so many people and their families, where he can share his welcoming smile and support.

Board Members

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Elisha Ash,
Board Chair,

Network180

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 to 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.

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Brad Rose,
Board Vice-Chair,

Brad has worked in the lumber industry for 29 years now. He is responsible for the 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 working hard to promote and implement 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 already in place 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 both at the club and in GR area, cycling, sailing, and spending time relaxing while enjoying the many opportunities sobriety has brought to him.

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Amelia Mueller,
Board Treasurer,

Mercantile Bank

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, as well as 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, in an effort 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.

Ken Derylo,                           Board Secratary

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Ken retired from Meijer after a 43-year career, where he was a project manager on many multi-year projects developing and implementing telecommunications solutions that added value and reduced costs. Ken has been an active member of the Alano Club for many years and active in supporting the recovery community. He hopes his experience can help the Club move forward in helping those in need.

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Don Nicewander

Don is a retired attorney who practiced over 40 years in the areas of business, estate planning, and real estate. He graduated from Rockford High School, University of Michigan (BA ’74) and University of Michigan Law School (JD ’77).  Don has served on over a dozen nonprofit boards, including the Jenison Board of Education, Grand Haven United Way, and Love, Inc. He also helped create and served on the boards of the Jenison Public Education Foundation, Jenison Chamber of Commerce, and Public Access TV of Grandville, Jenison, and Hudsonville. Don is a certified facilitator for SMART Recovery and has conducted meetings at the Alano Club of Kent County for over two years. His wife, Sally, is also a certified facilitator for SMART Recovery and leads SMART Family and Friends meetings at the Alano Club of Kent County.

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James Berg

Bio coming soon!

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Lauren Frazier

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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Brent Doornbos

Brent is a wellness and bodywork practitioner in Grand Rapids.  He hosts and teaches numerous workshops and classes, and trains massage therapists and yoga instructors.  He has a degree in philosophy from Western Michigan University as well as multiple certifications in anatomy, trigger point therapy, yoga, and martial arts.  Brent is dedicated to serve and support the recovery community as part of his practice.  He is also an established photographer and avid baseball fan.

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Margaret Stalker,

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP

Maggie is an attorney at Warner Norcross + Judd, LLP, where she focuses her practice on commercial disputes, employment, and environmental issues. Maggie enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Michael Baker

Mel Trotter Ministries, Cherry Health

Mike is a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) at Cherry Health and is employed by First Congregational Church. He volunteers with several local organizations, including the Salvation Army, Turning Point, The Red Project, Kent County Correctional Facilities, and Arbor Circle. Mike was instrumental in bringing SMART Recovery to West Michigan and facilitates several SMART Recovery support groups in the area. Mike began his recovery journey here 26 years ago. In his work and volunteer life, Mike is committed to mentoring, counseling, and providing resources to people who are struggling with mental illness or substance abuse.

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Erica Eldrid 

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