Drew Peirce, Executive Director
Education: Master of Divinity, Western Theological Seminary; BA in Philosophy, University of Delaware.
Experience: Prior to coming to Good Samaritan Ministries, I spent 15 years working for a national nonprofit called Kids Hope USA. At Kids Hope USA I helped to develop over 1,000 church-school mentoring partnerships across the country, and served in various roles including church engagement, fundraising, and overall operations. I have also worked at various ministry settings including churches, Young Life, and Western Theological Seminary.
Community Involvement: I am a mentor at a local elementary school through my church’s Kids Hope USA program, and serve on my church’s consistory.
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: Just one??? It is such an honor to serve the people of Holland/Zeeland, with such a passionate and gifted staff and board, and with the support of a broader community that values all residents and wants to see everyone thrive.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: I love the vibrancy of both downtown Holland and Zeeland. When the streets are full and people are experiencing community, both big and small, I love to be there.
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, Director of Finance and Administration
Experience: Prior to joining GSM in 2010, I worked in the accounting field for two local businesses and was the director of New Focus (a budget counseling program for low-income families) at my church.
Community Involvement: Participating in the life of my church including Chair of Operations Team and a variety of roles in worship.
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: It is my joy to work alongside the hard-working and fun-loving staff who are committed every day to work toward ending poverty and homelessness.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area:The parks and places to hammock, hike, bike, and cross-country ski. The natural resources in West Michigan are amazing!
Laura Driscoll, Housing Services Director
Education: MA, Counseling, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology (formerly Mars Hill); BFA, Design, University of Michigan
Experience: Prior to my work here, I spent nearly six years helping implement and coordinate Bethany’s Safe Families for Children’s Program in Ottawa County, and had several years working with at-risk and homeless youth in the Seattle/Tacoma area. My child welfare experience led me to see that supporting housing stability is a first line of defense against neglect and abuse, and why I am committed to ending homelessness in our community.
Community Involvement: Lakeshore Housing Alliance, Ottawa Connect Committee, Field Supervisor for GVSU and Hope College students, former member of Ottawa County Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and Great Start Collaborative
Favorite thing about Good Samaritan Ministries: I absolutely love the diverse, and very real team members I work alongside. It is a privilege to support others in the often chaotic, yet imperative work we do. Living out the mission of Good Samaritan with other like-minded folks, is a reward in itself, but also knowing we are actually making an effort to do so, and not just say so, is why I love this organization.
Favorite place in the Holland/Zeeland area: The Herrick District Library. Before I had the chance to live overseas, I first traveled to the places I would later visit through library books. My favorite childhood book? The Fire Cat, by Esther Averill, because everyone should have a Mrs. Goodkind in their lives during tough times…
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, 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, 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: Vice President of the Holland/Zeeland 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.
Maria DeLeon, Property Manager
Shelly Dykema, Accounting and AmeriCorps Assistant
Jocabed Garduno, Front Desk Intake Specialist
Jodi Heneveld, Housing Case Manager
Paulena Khorn, Intake & Eligibility Specialist
Heidi Lopez, Home Maintenance Educator
Julie Males, Database & Office Coordinator
Katie Speet, MCAH AmeriCorps Member
Dillene Van Beek, Housing Volunteer Coordinator & Support Manager
Patti Vanderveen, Housing Case Manager