Meet Our Team

Jackie Osegueda

Jackie Osegueda

Director of Operations

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 the previous director, 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 nonprofit 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 live in Spain, Uruguay, and Switzerland.

Fun Fact

I’m terrified of snakes!

 

Leeana Koster

Leeana Koster

Family Worker

My name is Leeana and I am the Family Worker here at Roosevelt Park Ministries. I was born and raised here in Grand Rapids but my family is divided between Michigan and Guatemala. I have been fortunate to go to Guatemala many times throughout the years in order to visit my family. I attended Calvin College where I majored in Social Work and Spanish. During my time at Calvin, I was also able to study and do volunteer work in Arequipa, Peru and Oviedo, Spain. In every country that I have visited I have fallen more in love with the culture, the food, and the Spanish language. I love being outdoors, spending time with my family and friends, and baking. I love Grand Rapids and am excited to be working with the Spanish-speaking community here in Kent County. 

Megan Bowers

Megan Bowers

ESL Coordinator

My name is Megan Bowers, and I grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. In 2019, I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelors in secondary English education and ESL. I started teaching ESL at an alternative school in Grand Rapids and then moved to Madrid to teach English for a year. I am excited to start as the ESL Coordinator here at RPM to continue my love of teaching and get to know more of the community.

Volunteers

Bill Van Tol

Bill Van Tol

ESL Teacher

Where are you from?

I live in Wyoming, Michigan and spent 41 years teaching overseas, the 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 organizations and I love to golf.

Fun Fact

I have visited over 50 countries.

What is your favorite vegetable and/or snack?

I love Alambre, a Mexico City specialty.

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.

Pedro Mendoza

Pedro Mendoza

Computer class assistant

I was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to the US in 2017. I am currently working on getting my GED while working in the office of my church, where I also play in the worship band. I started at RPM in 2020 as an English student. While taking classes, I realized that RPM is not just helping with languages, but with other social programs and helping the community in many ways. I am drawn to this place because I also love to serve God and help people, so I became a volunteer. I am now assisting in the computer classes because I like to experiment with different computer softwares. I feel comfortable here, and I look forward to volunteering at RPM for a long time.

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, and travel.
Fun Fact
I was a teacher for 39 years and a coach for 20 years.
Rachel Kishman

Rachel Kishman

ESL Teacher & Marketing Assistant

Hello! My name is Rachel, and I’ve been involved with Roosevelt Park Ministries for over two years. I’m from Grand Rapids and studied writing and Spanish at Grand Valley State University. After studying abroad for a semester in Chile, I wanted to continue using my skills and learning Spanish after graduating in 2018. I discovered RPM through a professor of mine, and it has been incredibly fulfilling to use and improve my skills within the Roosevelt Park community. However, the best part has been the personal connections with my coworkers, students, and the clients here. I’m excited to continue evolving with RPM and meeting new people!

Blanca Perez-Chao

Blanca Perez-Chao

SSL Teacher

Hello, my name is Blanca Perez-Chao. I’m from Spain, married, and have two children. I studied electric engineering and I’ve been living in Grand Rapids for a few years because of my husband’s work. I worked as a teacher in Spain for 20 years and teaching is something that I really like to do. Being here made me ask myself: Why not teach Spanish? It would be a good opportunity to help people, meet people, and practice English. So here I am, at Roosevelt Park Ministries, as a volunteer. I think that if you want to learn Spanish, you have the chance to do it here at Roosevelt Park Ministries.

Ana Ramos

Ana Ramos

ESL Teacher

Hola! My name is Ana Ramos. I am a daughter of immigrants, a first generation college grad, a social worker, and most importantly, a Christian. I chose to volunteer at RPM because I attended a graduation last year and it brought me so much joy to see all the graduates receive their certificates. I understand the importance and the difficulty of immigrants learning English and I am so excited to get to know my classes better and help them grow in their English skills. I am happy to join RPM in their mission of reaching those in their community!
Nate Roels

Nate Roels

ESL Teacher

My name is Nate Roels, and I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I graduated from Calvin College in 2017 with a degree in Digital Filmmaking and minors in Spanish and Business. Currently I run my own video production company, Second Mile Video, where I do videos mostly for nonprofits and ministries. My faith is very important to me, and I attend Iglesia Alas de Aguila in Holland, Michigan with my fiancée, Ana, who I married in the summer of 2019! We both have been involved with Roosevelt Park Ministries in the past, and are excited to continue teaching here.

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