Vibrant Futures Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
(616) 451-8281 Ext. 222
The Board of Directors appointed Chana Edmond-Verley as incoming CEO and member of the Board of Directors effective January 1, 2020. Edmond-Verley previously held executive and leadership positions in business and industry, philanthropy, management consulting, and the nonprofit sector with a ten-year stint at RDV Corporation, an investment and wealth management corporation.
“Chana comes to the position of CEO as a proven leader with a passion for human potential, a great connectedness to the region, and a solid vision for expansion, and transformation,” says Williams. “The Board of the Directors is enthusiastic about where this can take us in our next chapter.”
Chief Financial Officer
(616) 451-8281 Ext. 237
Dave Gross is our CFO. He has served at Vibrant Futures for almost 20 years. He served as a member of the Vibrant Futures Board of Directors for 4 years prior to joining the staff in April 1999. His volunteer activities span thirty years including service as chairman of several school district millage committees; president of a local PTA, and president of the Michigan PTA. Dave was appointed the first executive director of the Michigan PTA. As a trustee of the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education and Grand Rapids Junior College for 5 years, he served as treasurer and chairman of the finance committee. He graduated from Aquinas College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration.
Shelly Vondale is the current Director of the Child and Adult Care Food Program and has worked for the agency for almost thirty years. During this time she has served in HR, education and training and in the child care resource and referral department. Shelly has a Bachelor of Social Work degree and believes that we serve no better purpose than to work towards a better future for all children.
Tonya Clevenger leads the Education Department and manages its programs by supervising, coordinating, monitoring quality and training professionals who care for young children. Tonya has 30+ years’ experience in the field of early childhood education. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and providing onsite coaching and quality improvement support for Early Care and Education (ECE) professionals with first-hand experience as a child care business owner. Tonya has earned a BA Degree in Education from Calvin University and is currently working toward a MA degree in ECE. Throughout her 19+ years at our organization she has attended and led many training courses with participants from many types of ECE programs. Tonya is currently the elected representative of the Western Region of the Michigan Association of the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC); and serves as an Observer for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation.
We have highly trained staff to assist you and the children you work with. Please do not hesitate to contact our staff for questions, programs and training.
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