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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

Finance

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 accounting 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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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.

 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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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Chris Kuhn, Chair

 

Rick Cramblet

Chip Hackney, Vice Chair

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.

 

Char Boertman

Char has lived in Muskegon all of her life. She is married to Mark, and has 5 children and 7 grandchildren. She has been involved with the Women’s Division Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Kid’s Food Basket, Humanity For Prisoners, and Love INC. She is currently involved with Women Who Care, Crossroads Prison Ministry and Brooks Correctional Facility. Char attends Olivet Evangelical Free Church in Muskegon.

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.

 

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Jaclyn Walker, Secretary

New to Muskegon, Jaclyn brings knowledge and experience in community development and law to the Board. As her husband, Adam, served in the US Air Force, Jaclyn worked for the US Government as a community planner and has started and fostered organizations that support women in the communities where they live. She has recently founded a new and successful chapter of MOMS Club International that helps “Moms make Muskegon better”. She is particularly passionate about combating the opiate crisis in Muskegon County.