Great Start Collaborative Membership

Your Voice Matters

Our Great Start Collaborative membership is a group of diverse voices and change agents. From elementary school principals to parents of young children, each member is an active participant and committed to building and reforming the local childhood system. Through regular meetings, strategic plans are created to make a collective impact—and ultimately improve early childhood education.

To initiate change, we require a full, engaged body. Without it, we cannot start the right conversations. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please contact our Great Start Director.

Executive Team Members

  • Maureen Hale PNC Bank, Chair
  • Joann Hoganson Kent County Health Department, Vice Chair
  • Tomarra Richardson Great Start Parent Coalition
  • Paula Brown Great Start Collaborative Director, Staff
  • Leslie Hawkins Great Start Collaborative Coordinator, Staff
  • Kate Lara Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Kristin Gietzen Arbor Circle
  • MaDonna Princer Head Start
  • Heather Boswell First Steps Kent
  • Ashley Karsten Kent Intermediate School District
  • Chana Edmond-Verley I2 Collective, Vice Chair
  • Kristyn Bomberg WGVU
  • Nicole Burman Great Start Parent Representative

Parent Partners

  • Fredericka Brown
  • Tomarra Richardson
  • Tana Martin
  • Nicole Burman
  • Lisa Ellison
  • Reyna Garcia
  • Latesha Lipscomb
  • Joslyn Ward
  • Joseph Mitchell
  • Wayne Hill
  • Christina Pocklington
  • Olga York
  • Cara Sutliffe
  • Iris Gipson
  • Katie Szarowicz
  • Leah Groves
  • Shonteonna Cox
  • Tina Collins
  • Yolanda Johnson
  • Ray Sutliffe
  • Sarah Laman

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*These meetings are closed to the public.

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