Patrick Cisler, Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance and Community SPOKE
Patrick Cisler is a community developer at heart who has spent the last several years working predominately with nonprofits and government agencies to improve the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. Currently, Patrick serves as Executive Director of two partner nonprofits. The first, the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, seeks to strengthen the local nonprofit sector by providing tools, resources and training to roughly 140 nonprofit members in the greater Ottawa County region of West Michigan. The second, Community SPOKE, was created out of a partnership between the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance and county government to address the greatest needs of local residents by coordinating and facilitating community collaboration. In addition to his professional role, Patrick volunteers in a variety of capacities including organizing his local community’s TEDx events and serving as a deacon in his church.
Doug Bazuin, Herman Miller
Doug Bazuin is a research lead for Herman Miller focused on new product development. Doug has been involved with Herman Miller Cares and other health initiatives. Doug is a graduate of Hope College and Northwestern University and he lives in Holland, Michigan.
Mary Dagen, MD, ABOM
Mary was born & raised in West Michigan & has been back in the area for over 8 years providing medical care to the community. Since her return, she has also been very active in helping provide education to create a healthier community- speaking at local churches on topics such as diabetes, providing education through a local school regarding ADHD, sitting on school committees for wellness, & educating food service & physical education departments on ways to improve students’ health by still following guidelines. She provided medical care as the sole team physician to the Muskegon Lumberjacks for their first 6 years in the area, allowing her to also provide education from the standpoint of an athlete. Her daily practice is a mix of primary care, obesity medicine & some limited sports medicine. She is board-certified in primary care & obesity medicine, & is working to get her certification in culinary medicine. She is working to create culinary medicine programs here on the lakeshore, which are slated to begin in November. She has a true passion for helping to educate in the field of health & obesity to promote an overall healthier community.
Jane McGookey, Feeding America West Michigan
Jane McGookey is the Director of Network Development at Feeding America West Michigan, a food bank serving 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Jane leads a team overseeing 900 hunger relief partner agencies throughout western, northern and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Her strengths are in people management, community organizing, program management, and communications. She has a reputation for outstanding initiative and drive, with keen ability to not only analyze and troubleshoot problems, but also collaborate and rally others toward a common goal. She enjoys taking on new challenges with a positive attitude.
Melissa Roessing, Community Action House
Melissa Roessing is the Stabilization Services Supervisor at Community Action House. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She and her husband, Jeff, are advocates for food justice and in 2010, they started a nonprofit urban farm called Eighth Day Farm. Melissa loves to encourage people to try healthy food and she has an avenue to do that each day since she oversees the food pantry at Community Action House. She and Jeff are blessed to have 3 children.
Becky Young, Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Becky Young is the supervisor of the Health Promotion team at the Ottawa County Department of Public Health. During the last 17 years, Becky has worked in Health Promotion as a health educator and in her supervision role. Prior to her work at the County, Becky worked in corporate wellness at a manager at Gerber and at Shape Corporation. Becky holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University.