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 is Manager of Finance and Business Operations at Community Action House. Doug has been involved in helping our community and vulnerable neighbors for many years with an initial focus on public transit and more recently on health and wellness. Doug is a graduate of Hope College and Northwestern University and he lives in Holland with his family.
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 and 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.
Judy Kettring is a Community Health Worker with the Ottawa Pathways to Better Health program. She loves working with people and the community. She and her husband have a daughter, and they live in Grand Haven. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, cooking and trying new recipes. She also enjoys reading and staying active.
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.
Mallory is the Food Acquisition Manager at Feeding America West Michigan, one of Michigan’s seven food banks that serves 40 of Michigan’s 83 counties. Mallory and her team are responsible for the 27+ million pounds of food that Feeding America West Michigan sources annually. Prior to starting at FAWM, Mallory worked for the Farm Journal Foundation as their Senior Project Manager overseeing the HungerU Tour and helping to coordinate the Foundation’s Lead Farmer program in Washington, D.C., among other initiatives. Mallory grew up on her family’s farm in West Michigan, where her understanding of and connection to agriculture helped to foster a lifelong passion of fighting hunger.
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.
Ottawa Food Active Members
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
Chef Jen LLC
City on a Hill Health Clinic
Community Action House
Eighth Day Farm
Farm Brigge, LLC
Feeding America West Michigan
Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging
Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Great Start Collaborative Ottawa
Greater Ottawa County United Way
Harvest Stand Ministries
Holland Bread for the World
Holland Community Garden
Holland Farmers Market
Kids’ Food Basket Holland
Love in Action of the Tri Cities
Love in the Name of Christ of SE Ottawa County
Macatawa Resource Center
Michigan State University Extension
North Ottawa Community Health System
Ottawa Community Schools Network
Ottawa County Community Action Agency
Ottawa County Department of Public Health
Ottawa County Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department
The People Center
Salvation Army, Holland
Senior Resources of West Michigan
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
West Michigan Works!