The Team

KConnect Backbone Staff

KConnect has a dedicated staff that provides support and key functions for the sustained operation of the collective impact initiative. A backbone support infrastructure is needed to foster the cross-sector communication, alignment, and collaboration required to achieve population-level systems change.

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President

Salvador Lopez

For over 12 years, Salvador has been a passionate advocate for underrepresented communities in Kent County. As a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion, he continues to focus on developing system-level strategies to address racial disparity gaps and ultimately improve outcomes. His extensive experience in healthcare, higher education, nonprofit leadership, and collective impact initiatives strongly positions him as the leader of KConnect, Kent County’s Collective Impact backbone organization. His recent work in co-creating the housing system in our community is one example of how Salvador uses his expertise to convene and facilitate cross-sector partners in order to redesign inequitable systems. 

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Salvador’s visionary leadership has earned him an appointment to the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees. He also serves as the chair of the board for Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education and previously served as an integral member of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association. Salvador is a member of the 2021/2022 cohort of Leadership Grand Rapids through the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and continues to serve as a leader in the broader community.

Salvador is influenced by his experiences growing up in Salinas, California before moving to West Michigan during high school. He understands failure, motivation, and success. His message is simple: “Exposure can change a life.” Salvador has a passion for empowering others and his personal story of struggle, grit, and perseverance motivates him to make a positive impact in his community.

Salvador is proud of the fact that his post-secondary education began at GRCC – a path that culminated in earning a Master of Science in Communication with a concentration in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Management from Grand Valley State University. 

Salvador lives in Grand Rapids with his six-year-old twin daughters Isabella and Sofia.

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Vice President

Mark Woltman

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. He believes that quality data helps illuminate a community’s successes and opportunities and is the foundation needed to solve complex social problems.

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

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.

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Director of Communications

Katie Hop

Katie is a mother, wife, coffee aficionado, social justice advocate, loquacious introvert, supernerd, office supply hoarder, and storyteller. She works with partners in the KConnect network to illuminate the inequitable outcomes for children and families in our community. She also tells the story of the network’s emerging strategies through digital and print media, social media, and KConnect’s growing online presence.

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Katie has a Bachelor of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership from Cornerstone University. She started working at KConnect in 2018 after six years of working at a local nonprofit focused on equitable food and basic need access.

Katie lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, eight-year-old child, and two dogs.

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Director of System Building

Dr. Keenan King

Keenan is a Critical Race Theorist, scholar, and advocate for oppressed people from all backgrounds. He has over a decade of experience working with marginalized youth in West Michigan and is dedicated to creating meaningful systems change. He looks to address racial disparity gaps in various systems using an equity lens to create a better society for all people to live and thrive in.

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Keenan previously served as Upward Bound Director at Western Michigan University. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration, Masters and Doctorate in Educational Leadership; all from Western Michigan University, “Go Broncos”. His research interests include applications of Critical Race Theory, K-12 education, higher education, non-profit leadership, public policy, and more recently developing collective impact initiatives.

Keenan lives in Kent County with his wife and daughter.

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Administrative Assistant

Annie Kibler

Annie has her bachelors in business, enjoys creating order from chaos, and has a gift for quickly assessing the steps needed to achieve big picture goals. Along with managing clients under the umbrella of her own company, Oak Tree Operations, she provides KConnect with admin support. Between work and raising the next generation of strong women with her husband, she has a harmless addiction to buying social justice t-shirts.

KConnect Consultants

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Liminality Consulting

Anissa L. Eddie, MSW

Anissa Eddie is the Founder and Principal Consultant with Liminality Consulting, LLC. Through her consulting practice, Anissa offers support in the areas of project management, process facilitation, strategic planning, coaching & training. Her work focuses on early childhood systems building and policy. Anissa is also pursuing a PhD in Child Development at Michigan State University. 

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She is interested in leveraging research to inform public policy in order to increase equitable outcomes for children and families – particularly within the contexts of birth justice, identity development, racial socialization, and social determinants of health. Anissa lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her partner and their three children.

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Blue Sky Thinking

Kathy Glynn

Kathy Glynn is the owner and principal consultant for Blue Sky Thinking, a facilitation and training organization. She has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant, coach and facilitator in the areas of human performance, leadership development, critical thinking and problem solving. Her consulting approach is rooted in a human-centered methodology designed to uncover insights that result in innovative, actionable solutions for her clients.

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She has designed, developed and managed programs for manufacturing, nonprofit, higher ed, and health care.
Kathy earned both her Bachelor’s in Business and Master’s in Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has also completed several design-related certificate programs including the Design and Innovative Management Program from Kendall College of Art and Design, Design Thinking for Business Innovation from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Design Thinking Action Lab from Stanford University.

Kathy resides in Grand Rapids with her husband, two sons, and one dog. She also has one daughter that resides in New Mexico. Kathy enjoys gardening, hiking, yoga, reading, traveling, and painting.

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The Eureka Group

Eureka People

An expert strategist and facilitator of social change, Eureka helps leaders, organizations, and communities improve the way they think and work together. Drawing on more than 20 years of social and private sector experiences,
she has been an architect of change-making—building capacity in over 200 organizations, training hundreds of leaders, and facilitating more than a thousand meetings and engagement experiences. 

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Key to her success are her skillful design and passion for harnessing the power of groups in co-creating solutions previously unimagined.

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Community Advocate

Adnoris "Bo" Torres

Adnoris “Bo” Torres is an educator with a passion for global majority communities. During his professional career he has served as an experienced program coordinator, manager, and executive director with a demonstrated history of working to remove existing barriers for all historically marginalized persons. 

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Prior to transplanting to Grand Rapids to engage in his current work, Bo worked in the city of Detroit for 15 years honing his skills and developing a keen sense for working towards the greater good. Skilled in Community Organizing, Student Development, Policy Analysis, Comparative Politics, and Organizational Development, Bo utilizes his Political Science background and Chicano/Boricua studies focus to affect the issues of importance to the Latine community.

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Board of Trustees

Andrew Brower

Andrew Brower

Program Officer
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Lynne Ferrell

Lynne Ferrell

Program Director
Frey Foundation
Krista Flynn

Krista Flynn

Regional President
Huntington Bank

Shana Lewis

Vice President, Talent Acquisition
Workforce Development Programs
Trinity Health

Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kent Intermediate School District
Juan Olivarez

Dr. Juan Olivarez

Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dorothy A. Johnson Center of Philanthropy
Kevin Polston

Kevin Polston

Superintendent
Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
Julie Ridenour

Julie Ridenour

President, Retired
Steelcase Foundation
Diana Sieger

Diana Sieger

President
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Stacy Stout

Stacy Stout

Director of Equity and Engagement
City of Grand Rapids
Michelle VanDyke

Michelle VanDyke

President and CEO
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Teresa Weatherall-Neal

Teresa Weatherall Neal

Superintendent, Retired
Grand Rapids Public Schools

Olivia Williams

Associate Professor
Grand Valley State University