• PAMELA PARRIOTT

    What she does
    As founding executive director of KConnect, Pam brings a systems background and constellation thinking to her role in providing support for priority initiatives, communicating the vision and strategies of KConnect, and managing the relationship with key stakeholders.

    What we say
    Pam sees the breadth and depth of the initiative and understands the role of ambiguity, or as she says, “holding the uncomfortable yoga pose” just long enough to allow for full framing of the problem or question.

    What she says
    Our work, that of improving our most complex social challenges, is a journey both internal and external, one requiring tremendous humility, patience and a willingness to see beyond self.

    What she is inspired by
    The courage required of those in the work. The possibility and the “collective” in impact! A Kent County that is poised to build a different opportunity platform for future generations and the stronger, more vibrant communities that will emerge as a result of our collective efforts.

    Background
    Pam holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and Community Leadership from Central Michigan University. Her work at KConnect bridges two careers, her early work in the non-profit sector and then 14 years spent on the regulatory and operations side of Michigan’s K-12 charter public education system.

  • MARK WOLTMAN

    What he does
    Mark engages as a project manager, in-house data wonk and facilitator for KConnect’s collective impact efforts.

    What we say
    Mark takes complex data and makes it accessible and understandable to a wide-range of audiences. As a systems thinker and analyst, he has a talent for identifying issues and moving groups to practical solutions.

    What he says
    Quality data helps illuminate a community’s successes and opportunities and is the foundation needed to solve complex social problems.

    What he is inspired by
    Mark finds inspiration in helping communities, governments and organizations become more responsive to their constituencies through outcome-based problem solving.

    Background
    Mark has a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Michigan State University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in social policy from the University of Michigan. He joined KConnect in 2014 following over 10 years in policy, advocacy and social service in New York City.

  • Anissa Eddie

    What she does
    Anissa serves as a process facilitator for KConnect. She specifically supports the efforts of the Prenatal to 3rd Domain Workgroup and the Cross-Cutting Workgroups: Equity & Inclusion and Community Engagement.

    What we say
    Anissa brings a leadership style that is rooted in strategic organization and authentic relationships. She is able to coordinate details in a way that helps move the work forward while at the same time building relationships that foster trust and collective belonging.

    What she says
    Complex social challenges are rooted in deep histories and impacted by a multitude of factors. Because of the vast intricacies that are embedded in our most pressing social issues, a collective and collaborative effort is required to disassemble the structures that perpetuate disparities while working to create space for positive movement forward.

    What she is inspired by
    The powerful history of social change movements. Time and time again, individuals have intentionally come together to stand against injustice and work toward a better future for their communities and future generations. Heroic movements of the past remind us of the limitless possibilities that exist when we combine our gifts and abilities in collaborative efforts for the common good.

    Background
    Anissa has a Bachelor of Social Work from Calvin College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in community organizing, policy and evaluation. Prior to joining KConnect, Anissa provided social work services within the public school system for eight years. She is also the co-founder of a family owned business, Malamiah Juice Bar, that was established in 2013.