The Team

The Team

 

 

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LAURA WARD
Executive Director

Laura has been leading our team since 2011. With over 15 years of experience in youth development and program administration, she has always had the goal of helping young people to thrive and reach their potential. Laura has been a champion for social justice and human rights throughout her career working with refugee and immigrant children and families in the Grand Rapids area. Before leading the Affinity Mentoring team, Laura was a Case Manager and Team Leader in Bethany Christian Services Refugee Foster Care Program. Laura has Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University. Laura is bilingual in Spanish and English. Laura and her husband, Wayne, live in Grand Rapids with their daughter, Adelyn, and son, Zander. As a family, they enjoy sports (especially football), boating, swimming, hiking and reading.

 


 

 

 

COMING SOON
Development Director

 


 

 

SHARON LACY
Southwest Community Campus [SWCC] Site Coordinator

Sharon has been with Affinity Mentoring since 2009.  Throughout the past 7 years with the program, she has enjoyed seeing how mentoring can produce change and growth within both the mentor and the mentee. Sharon has her bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit and Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Social Work at Michigan State University.  She also speaks Spanish, and enjoys connecting with the Spanish-speaking community in Grand Rapids. Sharon lives in Grand Rapids with her two daughters and together they love to explore.  Their most recent adventure took them backpacking around Nicaragua.  Sharon loves hiking, especially around the islands of the Great Lakes, running, and reading great fiction.  

 


 

 

ROCIO AGUILLON ALMAGUER
Burton Site Coordinator

Rocio joined the Affinity team in April 2017. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Hope College and her Master’s in Social Work from Grand Vally State University. Rocio is bilingual in Spanish/English and has experience working with children using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Rocio Moreno currently lives in Holland MI. During her free time, she enjoys exercising, cooking, and playing with her four-year-old son.

 


 

 

ANGELA REYNA PEREZ
Mentoring Program Assistant

Angela joined the Affinity team in February 2018. She is currently a Bachelor’s in Social Work at Grand Valley State University. Angela attended Burton Elementary in 2003 and was one of the first matches for the mentoring program. Through first-hand experience, she understands the positive impact that a mentor can have on youth experiencing poverty. Angela believes that a long lasting relationship between a mentor and a mentee is impactful – she still keeps in touch with the mentor she had in elementary school. Living in Grand Rapids throughout her life, she enjoys interacting and creating relationships with the Hispanic community. Angela hopes to emphasize and promote the importance of the mentoring program to future mentors, students, and their families. During her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and going on adventures with her youngest sister, Sophia.

 

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