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. 


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