The Team

The Team

Stronger Staff, Stronger Matches

Our staff members are 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.


ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM 
Year Joined: May 2020
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CASSANDRA KIGER (she/her/hers) | Executive Director
ckiger@affinitymentoring.org | 616.209.8435


As a homeowner and active participant in the 49507, Garfield Park neighborhood Cassandra gets excited to work alongside local residents and schools to support equitable growth and change through Affinity Mentoring. Cassandra has her Master of Social Work from Grand Valley State University and brings a decade of experience in program development and management; research and data utilization; development and sustainability work; and diversity, equity and inclusion training, programming and leadership to the team. Cassandra has dedicated her career to advocating for equitable opportunities for youth in settings with unaccompanied refugee and immigrant minors, in child sexual abuse prevention, and in education support. Cassandra enjoys playing soccer in the GR Champs League, reading, urban gardening, salsa dancing, and snuggling with her spouse and puppy.

Year Joined: May 2018
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RACHEL HUMPHREYS (she/her/hers) | Development + Communications Director
rhumphreys@affinitymentoring.org | 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: June 2020

HOLLY HETHERINGTON (she/her/hers) | Office Coordinator
hhetherington@affinitymentoring.org| 616.209.8510


Holly holds a Bachelor’s in English, Elementary Education from Grand Valley State University. With a desire to provide social emotional and hands-on learning opportunities for youth and children, she turned her efforts away from the traditional classroom and invested her career in out-of-school time programming. Her passion for equity is at the root of all her work. Holly is currently seeking a Master’s in Social Innovation at GVSU. In her free time she loves to play soccer, eat delicious food, and kayak.

PROGRAM TEAM 
Year Joined: April 2017
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ROCIO MORENO (she/her/hers) | Program Director and Burton Site Coordinator
rmoreno@affinitymentoring.org | 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: September 2018
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MONICA ZAVALA (she/her/hers) | Southwest Community Campus (SWCC) Site Coordinator
mzavala@affinitymentoring.org| 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.

Year Joined: July 2019
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KEYLA ARAUJO (she/her/hers) | Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center (ECC) and Elementary School Site Coordinator
karaujo@affinitymentoring.org| 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: February 2018
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ANGELA REYNA PEREZ (she/her/hers) | Godfrey-Lee Middle School Site Coordinator
areyna@affinitymentoring.org


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.




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