Meet Our Team

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!

Interns

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.

What to be part of our team?

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