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Joe Whalen

Executive Director

Joe has served as CEO, guiding the organization through seasons of change since its inception in 2012. As a Muskegon native, former business owner, and ordained minister, he realized the vision for bringing community sectors together to best serve those in reentry and recovery. Hope learn work heal and dream are not only the organizational pillars, but also the process of change Joe works to empower every day. He recognizes that it will take a strong alliance of like-minded churches, businesses, individuals and organizations to effectively break and replace cycles of crime and addiction.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Nate Johnson

Reentry & Outreach Director

Nate knows the power of dreaming of a better future and having the hope to believe it’s possible. Raised in Muskegon’s Nelson Neighborhood, he was the most “successful” crack cocaine dealer in town. His dreams pretty much died when he was arrested at 19 and given a long prison sentence. But Nate made life-altering good choices in prison, returned to Muskegon with amazing new hope, and now helps other returned citizens make choices that foster their own dreams.

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Jenn Van Slooten

Operations & Finance Director

Jennifer comes to Fresh Coast Alliance as a Flint transplant with two decades of experience and multiple roles in launching, managing and growing for-profit businesses. In addition, as a Prison Fellowship facilitator in Muskegon, she has a special commitment to and understanding of people who are struggling with the issues incarceration brings. Jenn’s passion for the organization’s work is contagious; she’s helping build the substantive infrastructure that brings healing, hope, and a successful future to men and women with reentry and recovery barriers.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Davine Calkins

Employment Director

A life-long Muskegon resident, Davine has focused on learning as a critical tool to equip both students and families for transformational change. She teaches Fresh Coast Alliance’s R.E.N.E.W. (Restore Equip Navigate Empower and Work) employment readiness classes and liaisons with community employers – with the goal of equipping participants with the necessary job and life skills to secure and thrive in meaningful employment.

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Terry Johnson

Recovery and housing Director

Terry came to 70×7 as the first Recovery Coach. Originally from Detroit, he worked as a paralegal, Sobriety Coach, and as a group/individual counselor there before moving to West Michigan. He says there is always hope, and stereotypes don’t have to define you. Returned citizens can heal and hope for an amazing future, just as he has as both a CCAR and State of Michigan certified Recovery Coach. Terry also is developing a work retention program, underscoring sobriety as a critical condition for long-term, successful employment.

 
 
 
 
 

Wanda Liddell

life recovery coach

Early in its existence, Fresh Coast Alliance became aware of the needed services that addressed the unique struggle of women in reentry and recovery. Wanda’s example of working to make dreams a reality motivates women participants to do the same. She developed and continues to run a profitable catering business, pressing through challenges brought on by her own incarceration. Wanda models the power of staying focused on the transformation elements that made her own success possible. She is both a CCAR and State of Michigan Certified Recovery Coach.

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Jennifer Juhasz

community relations

Jen’s criminal justice education and extensive experience in all areas of offender population services, including acting as Program Director for a home detention program for returned citizens, which fueled her desire to be significantly engaged at Fresh Coast Alliance. Jen continues to facilitate commutation workshops in Michigan prisons. Additionally, she has been a West Michigan small business owner and remains active in several Lakeshore civic organizations. Her understanding of the population served, partners, and nonprofit donors is high value for her communications input.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Laurie Chartrand

Accountant

Laurie moved from the 70x7 board finance chair to a consulting role for Fresh Coast Alliance financial accountability practices. As a lifetime Muskegon resident and a former practicing CPA, Laurie has the financial and business expertise and community knowledge critical to all we do.

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Jenette (Jenny) Bell

Executive Assistant

Jenny's attention to detail, love for our participants and fabulous Excel skills help our team stay organized and connected. As a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach and House Manager for one of our State Certified Recovery Homes, Jenny brings her talents for hospitality and love for our tribe into her daily life. Many of the participants affectionately call her "Mama B" in recognition of her heart for them and all things Fresh Coast Alliance.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Tim Clifton

Building and Grounds Coordinator

Tim began like many of our staff as a volunteer. He quickly became an integral part of our team. You can often find him greeting participants in the hallway or working around the building on various projects. Tim is also a CCAR Certified Recovery Coach and House Manager for one of our State Certified Recovery Homes. Tim works hard to support our team and wears many hats as building maintenance, facilitator for recovery classes, and house manager.

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Chip Hackney, Board Chairman

Chip is the Program Manager for Prison Fellowship, serving at the Muskegon Correctional Facility. As the Program Manager of the Prison Fellowship Academy, Chip brings that “in-prison” connection to the Fresh Coast Alliance reentry work. His 17 years of local church pastoral experience and 15 years in business provide a well-rounded perspective to address challenges of building the organization.

 

Ronald Mann, Treasurer

As VP of Commercial Lending at Community Shores Bank, Ron’s experienced financial knowledge adds to a strong Fresh Coast Alliance financial team. He also serves as an accountant for two major nonprofit, faith-based Muskegon organizations, as well as the president or finance leadership for Tri-Cities Area Kiwanis, Bridge Bible Church, and the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven Leadership Connect program.

 

Christopher D. Sandford

Chris is the senior pastor of The Ambassadors Church in Muskegon and founder of Fatherhood Foundations, a program that helps teach young fathers valuable parenting skills. He’s a Coast Guard veteran, attended Grand Valley State University, and serves on various community organization boards that directly serve Muskegon’s greatest needs.

Dan Enck

Dan manages capital improvement projects for Consumers Energy, applying his organization skills to break down complex situations into manageable solutions. His project management expertise is highly valuable to building Fresh Coast Alliance’s interrelated programs. Dan also cooks at a community breakfast ministry and mentors middle school boys and other young men.

 

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