Meet Our Team

Steve Drewry

Steve Drewry

Executive Director

Where are you from?

Puerto Rico

When did you first get involved at RPM?

June 1998

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love the diversity of people served, as well as the diversity of the people who work here…  I love that it is a faith-based Christian ministry that is ecumenical, interdenominational, and nonsectarian…  I love that I can work every day with people from Puerto Rico, where I’m from, as well as people from many other Spanish-speaking countries–I love being able to practice my Spanish and French on a daily basis!  … I love that there is never a dull moment and that there’s always something going on–lots of outreach to the community!

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

N/A — I’m always at work!  🙂  No, just kidding, it just seems that way sometimes–but busy is good!  Seriously, though, in those precious moments away from work, I like to spend time with my wonderful wife Susan and our two adopted kitty cats, exercise, read, listen to music, and fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ at Crossroads Bible Church.

Fun Fact

When I was a Naval Officer on board a fast-attack nuclear submarine, we went to (of all places!) St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands… I was also stationed in Hawaii… I had so much fun that I feel guilty each year on Veteran’s Day! 🙂

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

Organic cashews with curry (from Harvest Health, my favorite store) 🙂

Bree Bode

Bree Bode

Program Director

Where are you from?

I was born in Maine but currently reside in Hudsonville.

When did you first get involved at RPM?

I first got involved at RPM when I was a student at GVSU studying Public Health conducting my thesis project.

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love the spirit of RPM. I think RPM is a very grounded and humble organization that seeks to continually improve in utility with those that provide and utilize the services that are offered.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Spend time with family, read, exercise and explore places near and far.

Fun Fact

I have lived in five states. I try hard to eat healthy but once in a while I like to put regular potato chips in my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

My favorite vegetable is grilled asparagus.

Viviana Brito

Viviana Brito

Receptionist

Where are you from?

Mexican live in Grand Rapids

When did you first get involved at RPM?

I started in November 2015 and was also a client of RPM

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love working here because is a faith base organization that really shows the spread of love Christ. I like that I can be the first person to great, welcome our clients and that I can relate to some of the struggles sometimes we face. It warms my heart knowing that thanks to the contributions of the people here, outside and the clients can make some of these struggles easy and really become part of our RPM family.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I enjoy walking my dog to the park, time for myself, dance, listen to music, get to know places, be active.

Fun Fact

I love to dance! But I’m a bit shy, so I’m most likely to dance in front of a mirror!

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

Radishes and the dark chocolate

 

 

Susan Van Bromkhorst

Susan Van Bromkhorst

ESL teacher, Spanish teacher

 

Where are you from?

Grand Rapids

When did you first get involved at RPM?

June 2014

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

There is something at RPM for everyone in the neighborhood.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I like to sing

Fun Fact

I discovered I could sleep without a pillow

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

Tomatoes

 

Jackie Osegueda

Jackie Osegueda

Family Worker

 

Where are you from?

El Salvador

When did you first get involved at RPM?

I was waiting in the waiting area for the evening yoga class. The class had been cancelled, and Steve came and talked to me  for a while and talked to me about volunteer opportunities. He asked me if I would be interested in office work and I told Steve that I used to work in the past for a German non-profit organization and various other charities. So it sounded interesting to me when Steve suggested that I volunteer here as his Executive Assistant. And then I began serving in other capacities here as well.

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love that the work I do not only helps those I immediately serve, but could actually impact social change. The possibilities are so great at a nonprofit and I love having the opportunity to impact the future.

-Every day is a surprise, there is not a normal day here. One day you may be helping out with fundraising and administration and the next day you may be doing something totally different. You learn to wear many hats.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I like to stay up to date regarding ways to improve one’s credit, savings and finances. And I try to spend time with my loved ones. I love to stay connected by phone and by social media with my family who lives in ES, Uruguay and Switzerland.

Fun Fact

I’m terrified of snakes

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

Cashews with curry

 

Ana Foyo

Ana Foyo

Mental Health Therapist

Where are you from?
Born in Southern California. I grew up in a Cuban household where we always spoke Spanish.
When did you first get involved at RPM? 
February 2011
Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?
 I love that RPM offers a safe place for people to feel welcome and accepted. I have heard it said, “RPM feels like home.” Probably because there is fresh coffee brewing every morning and throughout the day with a serve yourself motto! This fosters a sense of belonging and ownership in those serving and being served.
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
One of my passions in life is self-care; spiritual, emotional/mental, and physical wellness. What I do to pursue this is connect with God regularly, slow down to be present for self and others, exercise, eat clean, and read. I also enjoy skiing, golf, and bike riding!
Fun Fact
I am a dog lover. I have 3 wonderful dogs: Bella, Justice, and Nano. I have also lived in warm weather climates such as Southern California, Dominican Republic, and Miami, FL for the first 35 years of my life before moving to the mitten state, Michigan, in 2003 to attend Grand Rapids Theological Seminary where I got my Masters in Christian Counseling.
What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve? 
Coconut!
Nancy Barajas

Nancy Barajas

Childcare Worker

Where are you from?

Born in Guadalara, Mexico but raised in GR, Michigan

When did you first get involved at RPM?

January 2015

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love that we are very involved in the community and the family feel at RPM. We offer a lot of free programs to children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, there opportunities for everyone to meet new people, develop a skill and learn new things!

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I like to watch movies and spend time with my four year old chihuahua, Milly!

Fun Fact

I love history and I collect vintage/antique makeup, purses, and other beauty products -some of them are as 110 years old!

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

His famous 86% cacao intense dark chacolate!

Rachel Walker

Rachel Walker

Childcare Worker

Where are you from?

Noblesville, Indiana

When did you first get involved at RPM?

I volunteered to help with the after school program.

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

The atmosphere there is amazing . The people are kind and helpful and understanding.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

Writing, reading and doing art.

Fun Fact

I wrote a book when I was nine years old.

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

Carrots!

Nichole DeVries

Nichole DeVries

AmeriCorps member: Health Literacy Educator

 

Where are you from?

Jenison, MI

When did you first get involved at RPM?

I began my internship here in September of 2015

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love RPM because it is a welcoming, nurturing place where clients and employees alike can develop their God-given gifts and talents. RPM is also a great place that neighbors can gather and get to know each other. I would love for more people to know about, and take advantage of, all the amazing opportunities that we have here.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

When I am not at work, I enjoy running, reading and spending time with friends

Fun Fact

I am left-handed; in fact, Steve calls me “surdita” (little lefty)!

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

My favorite vegetable is zucchini

 

Interns

Liz DeHeer

Liz DeHeer

Social Media/Event Planning Intern, ESL Teacher

 

Where are you from?

Born in Philadelphia, raised in Grand Rapids, Charleston SC, and Peoria IL

When did you first get involved at RPM?

Spring semester 2016

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love Roosevelt Park Ministries because of the way they show Christ’s love. I truly believe that this ministry makes God happy. I think people should know that RPM is a place where you can come just as you are and be loved for exactly that.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I love to run (though running doesn’t always love me). I also enjoy studying/practicing Spanish.

Fun Fact

I studied abroad in Honduras in the fall semester of 2015.

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

I love when Steve brings me red peppers (and chocolate)

 

 

Kielley Lemkuil

Kielley Lemkuil

Business Development Writing

 

Where are you from?

Madison, Wisconsin

When did you first get involved at RPM? 

Summer 2016

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love the environment of acceptances and learning that RPM aims to achieve every day.

What do you like to do when you are not at work? 

I love to read, write, paint, play volleyball and cook new foods.

Fun Fact

I am an expert at Harry Potter and Princess Jasmine Trivia

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

The healthy chocolate!!

 

 

Volunteers

Bill Van Tol

Bill Van Tol

ESL Teacher

 

Where are you from?

Live in Wyoming.  Spent 41 years teaching overseas, last 10  before retirement (1997 to 2007) in Mexico City

When did you first get involved at RPM?

2012

Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?

I love the Latino community and want to help them integrate them into life here.  RPM is good at this.

What do you like to do when you are not at work?

I volunteer for numerous organization.  And I love to golf

Fun Fact

I have visited over 50 countries.

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack from Steve?

I love Alambre, a Mexico City specialty. Check Wikipedia if you do not know.

 

Ed Riekena

Ed Riekena

Tax Counselor

Where are you from?  
I am from Iowa, I lived there for 23 years.
When did you first get involved at RPM?
I started as a board member and have been a tax counselor since 2004.
Why do you love RPM? What do you want people to know about RPM?
We assist people who need our services. They are very appreciative!
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
Spend time with grandchildren. Assist missionaries in far-off countries. Travel.
Fun Fact
I was a teacher for 39 years and a coach for 20 years.

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