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 2017
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ROCIO MORENO (she/her/hers) | Executive Director
Rocio has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Hope College and her Master’s in Social Work from Grand Valley 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: January 2022
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MAYRA RODRIGUEZ (she/her/hers) | Office Coordinator
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: October 2023
NICOLETTE CHAMBERY (she/her/hers) | Development and Communications Director
Oregon native and Calvin grad, Nicolette Chambery has long held a passion for philanthropy and nonprofit work. Her career began advocating for criminal justice reform before moving to New York to focus on drug policy and the advancement of women’s education abroad in countries ravaged by war. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University and enjoys reading anything by David Whyte and spending time with her cat Mia most of all.
|Year Joined: July 2019
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KEYLA ARAUJO (she/her/hers) | Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Elementary School Site Coordinator
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: September 2018
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MONICA ZAVALA (she/her/hers) | Southwest Community Campus (SWCC) Site Coordinator
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.
YANITZA VALDEZ (she/her/hers) | Burton Site Coordinator
Yanitza has worked for several years serving youth in various capacities. She has worked with Affinity Mentoring in a mentor and speaking capacity at Better Together. She enjoys serving youth, communities, families through her job as site coordinator for Burton Elementary and Middle. Yanitza enjoys embracing outdoors, coordinating family events, and spending time with family and friends.