Interim Executive Director
It is Bryce's passion to have a positive impact within the recovery community of Grand Rapids. He believes it is his calling to integrate his desire and skillset with the mission, vision, and values of the Alano Club of Kent County. Together, Bryce believes we can continue to strive and achieve growth and opportunity goals while keeping the fundamental principles and traditions at this organization's heart. Bryce desires to keep the Alano Club of Kent County safe and welcoming for the newcomer. He will strive to make sure the doors are unlocked, seats are available, and the coffee is always warm.
Nick’s passion in life is to be of service to God and people. Recovery is very near and dear to his heart because he is in recovery himself, and many of his family members suffer from addiction. His transformation is a result of going through the "recovery of the self" process that started by attending meetings here at the Alano Club of Kent County.
Nick is a full-time psychology student and is excited to earn a degree that will position him to help people recovering from addiction. His enthusiasm towards recovery and ambition to make a difference is what gets him out of bed in the morning.
Van Dellen Steel Inc.
Luke DeBlaay is the purchasing manager for Van Dellen Steel Inc., a structural steel fabricator, and serves as our board chair. Luke also volunteers at Pine Rest’s Redwood Unit and Sub-Acute Detox house, working with dual-diagnosis patients (mental illness and substance abuse problems). He has a Bachelor of Science from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University with a focus on supply chain management. Luke and his wife Elizabeth have a son, a daughter, and a golden retriever that keep them very busy. He enjoys spending his time playing and hanging out with his family.
Elisha Ash is a recovery coach at Network180 and serves as our board’s vice-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 the 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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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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Bio coming soon!
Bio coming soon!