Linda Jacobs, Executive Director
Education: BS Slippery Rock State University, Public Administration
Attended: Thomas M Cooley Law School, Lansing
Experience: I have served at Good Samaritan Ministries since 1999; first as Director of Finance and then in 2008 as Executive Director. I have over 30 years experience in administration of human services in the public and private sector.
Community Involvement: Board member of Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance, Board member of Community SPOKE, Program Chair for Holland Rotary Club, Member of Third Reformed Church, City of Holland Neighborhood Improvement Committee
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: It is an honor and privilege to serve with the staff and Board of Good Samarian Ministries. The legacy of leadership and mission of Good Samaritan Ministries is one I am proud to be associated with and continue to serve.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: I love being a part of Third Reformed Church. It is a blessing to be able to live out my faith in my vocation and community life.
Lotefa Bartlett de Villarreal, Circles Director
Education: MS, Counseling Psychology, Abilene Christian University; BS, Psychology, Abilene Christian University
Experience: I have served at Good Samaritan Ministries in various roles in the Circles program since 2015. My background is as a counselor but I worked in educational settings (K-12 and collegiate) in the years directly before accepting a position at Good Samaritan Ministries.
Community Involvement: Engedi CABLE group, Westcore Neighbors, Mentor to Hope College students
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: Good Sam is not content to manage symptoms of poverty but works with community resources to support individuals as they move from crisis to surviving and finally to thriving.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: My favorite place in Holland is Westcore. I live in the Westcore neighborhood, a vibrant and diverse community full of engaged neighbors. I also work in the Westcore neighborhood as New Community Fourth Reformed Church hosts our Holland Circles weekly meetings!
Kerri Brandsen, Finance Director
Experience: Kerri began her accounting career at a small local business until her move into accounting at a medical office. During that time, Kerri was also director of the New Focus program (budget counseling for low-income families) at her church. In 2010 Kerri joined the team at Good Sam.
Community Involvement: Faith CRC member, Kids’ Hope mentor
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: I love working at Good Sam because of the awesome ways we’re able to offer options to those in poverty in collaboration with our faith-based and community partners.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: The parks and places to hike, bike, and cross-country ski. The natural resources in West Michigan are amazing!
Jody Immink, Housing Director
Education: Master of Public Administration, Grand Valley State University; BS, Human Services, Baker College of Muskegon
Experience: I have been working in housing and community development since 2006. I served as the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program Director and as a Grants Administrator in the Community Development Department for the City of Grand Rapids prior to coming to Good Samaritan Ministries.
Community Involvement: Advisory Board Member, Fair Housing Center of West Michigan; Executive Committee, Lakeshore Housing Alliance, West Michigan Co-Ed Hockey League Commissioner
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: I have a passion for local service and am excited to come alongside our existing group of dedicated board and staff who work every day to impact the issues of poverty and homelessness in our community. I love seeing the passion everyone involved in our organization has for their community. This is the real-life service I love to do.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: The Holland Farmers Market is where you can find me most Wednesdays and Saturdays in the summer. I love to cook and bake, and I feel so fortunate to have a local food source right in my backyard.
Yah-Hanna Jenkins Leys, Faith In Youth Partnership Director
Education: Master of Public Administration, Grand Valley State University; BA, International Studies and English Literature, City College of the City University of New York
Experience: Prior to moving to the United States, I taught English at my local high school in St. Kitts/Nevis. During my time as an undergraduate and graduate student, I supported students as a Writing Consultant, collaborated with professors and staff on a number of research projects, and interned with a national nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. Before joining Good Samaritan Ministries, I was the Development Director at the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.
Community Involvement: Board member of Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance and Lighthouse Immigrant Advocates, City of Holland International Relations Commission, Hauenstein Center’s Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy Alumni Committee, Holland Young Professionals Membership Committee, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance Migrant Mentor Program
Favorite thing about Good Sam: I am excited to work with a team of passionate committed individuals that has a strong desire to see that everyone has an opportunity to thrive in this community.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: Any space where family and close friends are gathered.
Anne Reilly-Clegg, Advancement & Communications Director
Education: BA, Business-Communications, Calvin College
Experience: I came to Good Sam in 2015 as the Marketing Manager after spending over 3 years in the for-profit world at Booking.com. I transitioned into the Advancement and Communications role in January of 2016.
Community Involvement: Musician and consistory member at Fellowship Reformed Church, committee member of Holland Young Professionals
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: It is a privilege to work with a staff and board who are so passionate about serving our community. They are enthusiastic, innovative, collaborative, and encouraging as we tackle our mission to end poverty and homelessness.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: My love for music, movies, and history come together at the Park Theatre. I’m so glad to have a venue that makes a great variety of entertainment accessible to our community.
Marjorie Rosario, Clearinghouse Director
Education: BS, Social Work with a specialization in Juvenile Justice, W. Va. Wesleyan College
Experience: I have been at Good Samaritan Ministries since 2007. My job affords me the opportunity to work collaboratively with both Churches and Agencies to bring lasting impact to issues affecting the community at large.
Community Involvement: I have served as a Circles Ally and am now a member of the Jobs and Education Circles Resource Team to continue to find sustainable solutions that empower and not enable.
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: At GSM, we are innovative in our approaches towards ending poverty and homelessness. We are passionate about customizing solutions wherever possible and providing churches with opportunities and skills to have meaningful interactions with those coming to them for assistance.
Favorite Place in the Holland/Zeeland Area: During my time here I have learned, through the example of both my neighbors and coworkers, that to whom much is given, much is expected and that each of us needs to actively participate in using our God given talents to positively impact those we seek to serve. My favorite place is in my yard with my dog where I always know that I’ll have a chance to chat with neighbors as they walk by.
Judy Van Dyke, Circles Partnership Director
Education: Masters of Divinity, Western Theological Seminary; Ordained Pastor, Reformed Church in America
Experience: Judy has been working in ministry as a Community Developer and Program Director since 2006. Judy believes we ALL have been given gifts and talents by God to be used to bring people together to tackle poverty and make our communities healthy and strong.
Community Involvement: Participating in all the great neighborhood gatherings and events sponsored by our local neighborhood groups and the city.
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: Besides the amazing potlucks we have regularly, my favorite thing is our ability to learn and adapt new strategies to address root causes of poverty with long term solutions.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: Holland has so many great places but I love walking by the water at Kollen Park. It’s near our home and a great gathering spot for families to enjoy a picnic and local events.
Brent Boersma, Circles Coach
Norm Buursma, Zeeland Neighborhood Connector
Hannah Chamberlain, Executive Assistant
Maria DeLeon, Home Maintenance Educator
Laura Driscoll, Housing Assessment and Resource Team Coordinator
Shelly Dykema, Accounting Assistant
Micah Gargala, Intake and Eligibility Specialist
Becky Garza, Housing Assessment and Resource Team Case Manager
Paulena Khorn, Housing Search & Information Specialist AmeriCorps Member
Kathy Kibby, Clearinghouse Assistant/Office Coordinator