The Team

The Team

Stronger Staff, Stronger Matches

Our Affinity team is highly qualified, with degrees in social work and public administration, which enables us to navigate the larger system and effectively advocate for our students. A major goal of Affinity is building strong relationships with the school administration and teachers, which makes us a critical partner that is routinely invited to work closely and proactively in students support teams. This expertise leads to greater retention rates among mentor matches and greater outcomes for youth. Only 3% of Affinity matches close prematurely, compared to an approximately 50% premature closure rate among mentoring programs nationally.

Year Joined: April 2022

SHARALLE ANKRAH (she/her/hers) | Executive Director | 616.209.8435

Sharalle Ankrah is a graduate from Grand Valley State University with a degree in English for Secondary Education. A Detroit native, Sharalle has always had a heart for community development through inspiring the forthcoming generation. Sharalle holds a wealth of experience in both education and mentoring. She’s worked as an educator within an authorized GRPS Charter School, a Director of after school programming, and a Director of other mentoring organizations. Sharalle has worked hard to develop curricula and facilitate programming that influences student’s conduct, decisions, leadership, and helped reveal identity. Sharalle enjoys directing youth ministry at her local church and spending quality time with family and friends. She values the relationships created with her students in Grand Rapids, South Africa, and West Africa, and being a continued resource for students and families. Sharalle’s personal mission statement is to aid in identity development through education and example. She has a vision to be a leader in youth development in Grand Rapids with influence on a systematic level that brings revenue, impact, and action into Affinity Mentoring, public school system, and communities.

Year Joined: May 2018
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RACHEL HUMPHREYS (she/her/hers) | Development and Communications Director | 616.215.0888

Rachel has over 10 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as well as a passion for racial equity and social justice. She holds a Master's Degree in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University, specializing in organizational leadership and inclusion initiatives. She is passionate about community-building and empowering youth through mentorship. Previously she served as the Director of Youth Services at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan and as a consultant for the DeVos Foundation. Rachel serves as Board Co-Chair of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids (YNPN-GR), mentors at Burton Elementary, and most recently served at Chair of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Outreach Committee at YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin. She lives in Wyoming with her twin daughters and rescue animals. She enjoys family bike-rides, refinishing furniture, and supporting local events.

Year Joined: January 2022
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MAYRA RODRIGUEZ (she/her/hers) | Office Coordinator| 616.209.8510

Mayra has a passion for working with people and has dedicated over 15 years to serving her community in various capacities–from creating community awareness events in the greater Grand Rapids area, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher at her church, to missionary work in Mexico. Mayra is the owner and creative mind behind Mayra's Glamour Photography and loves bringing smiles to the faces of those she photographs. Mayra is always looking for opportunities to learn and grow her skills. She is currently working towards gaining more knowledge in the communication and human behavior realm. Mayra is an aspiring writer and is working on her very first book as well as becoming a motivational speaker. Besides the passion she has for her community, Mayra enjoys spending time with her family, singing, photography, arts and crafts, meditation, and traveling.

Year Joined: July 2019
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KEYLA ARAUJO (she/her/hers) | Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Elementary School Site Coordinator| 616.241.4722 ext.1336

Keyla joined our team in July 2019 to help launch our expansion to Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center [ECC]. She brings a broad experience of community engagement and volunteer coordination. Keyla is bilingual in Spanish/English, has experience coordinating programs and volunteers through her church’s Family Leadership Initiative and other programs. She’s an active community member who has been connected at Godfrey-Lee ECC for some time. In her spare time, she likes to work on her garden, get involved in her church, and spend time with her husband and four children.

Year Joined: April 2017
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ROCIO MORENO (she/her/hers) | Program Director and Burton Site Coordinator | 616.819.1901

Rocio 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 two sons.

Year Joined: February 2018
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ANGELA REYNA PEREZ (she/her/hers) | Godfrey-Lee Middle School Site Coordinator

Angela is currently pursuing 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.

Year Joined: September 2018
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MONICA ZAVALA (she/her/hers) | Southwest Community Campus (SWCC) Site Coordinator| 616.819.6799

Monica brings with her 7 years of experience working in the Grand Rapids’ Hispanic community. Her focus has been on developing programs that help students and families discover their strengths and overcome challenges. Before joining our team she worked at Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities (GAAH) as the Program Manager for the Cook Library Center (CLC). Her passion is to serve, learn, and empower the local community. Monica is an advocate and leader in the Hispanic Community, she has served as a Parent Action Leader (PALS) for Cesar E. Chavez Elementary and received the Independent Spirit Award from LINC Up. Monica is constantly working on personal growth and taking advantage of opportunities to learn. She is currently pursuing her degree in Social Work at Grand Rapids Community College. In her spare time she enjoys learning about technology, psychology, parenting skills, and much more.

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