Steering Council

The Coalition Continuum of Care represents many community stakeholders in carrying out the mission of leading the community in finding solutions for preventing and ending homelessness. To facilitate effective execution of Coalition goals, a Steering Council performs the functions of a CoC board, with certain specific responsibilities assigned by the Continuum of Care through the Governance Charter. Positions are held for representatives from the Cities of Grand Rapids and Wyoming, Kent County, Veterans Action Board, and Youth Action Board. All other seats are elected to three year terms.

Meeting Information: 

The Steering Council meets on the third Friday of each month from 8:30-10:30am. *March, June, September, & December meetings will be held in person at community locations. Visit the Coalition’s website calendar or contact Ronan ( for meeting location details.* All other meetings will be held virtually. 

March Meeting Information:

  • Heart of West Michigan United Way – Steelcase Room 
  • 118 Commerce Ave
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Public viewing of the March meeting will be available using the below link. Please note those accessing the link will be able to watch the meeting but will be unable to speak or chat with attendees during the meeting. Members of the public who would like to speak during the meeting can attend in person at Heart of West Michigan United Way, 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Virtual Meeting Information: *January, February, April, May, July, August, October, November only*

Link will allow for view only access in March, June, September, and December.


Casey Gordon - Kent Intermediate School District - Chair
Elizabeth Stoddard - Fair Housing Center of West Michigan - Vice Chair
Adrienne Goodstal - Mel Trotter Ministries - Secretary
Lauren VanKeulen - AYA Youth Collective - Treasurer
Ryan Kilpatrick - Facing Home Initiative - DeVos Family Foundations - Member at Large
Alonda Trammell - Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids, Inc. -
Charisse Mitchell - YWCA -
Fran Dalton - Garfield Park Neighborhood Association -
Gustavo Perez - Kent County -
Holly Wilson - Safe Haven Ministries -
Jose Salinas - network180 -
Karen Tjapkes - Legal Aid of West Michigan -
Kate Berens - City of Grand Rapids -
Lindsey Reames - Grand Rapids Housing Commission -
Mark Contreras - Catherine's Health Center -
Nicole Hofert - City of Wyoming -
Ryan VerWys - Inner City Christian Federation -
Victoria Arnold - The Salvation Army -
- Veterans Action Board -
Skyler Boeve - Youth Action Board -