Nonprofit elects board leadership

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John Robinson Courtesy Affinity Mentoring

A nonprofit that provides student mentoring appointed its next board leaders and several new board members.

Grandville-based Affinity Mentoring said Monday that it added to its board of directors, electing John Robinson as board president; Adam Russo as board vice president; and Jatnna Abreu, Veronica Bradford and Mia Jankowiak as board members.

Robinson, who is family and community engagement manager at Head Start for Kent County, has more than 20 years of experience in K-12 education in various teaching and leadership roles. He is a life and leadership coach, a board member for Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids and a member of Pi Lambda Phi.

“I’m honored to be serving Affinity Mentoring,” he said. “This is an exciting time to continue building on the work the staff and board have accomplished thus far.”

Adam Russo, owner of COM 616, is a two-time Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree who serves as executive board member for the Literacy Center of West Michigan, ambassador for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce and director of public relations for the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival, as well as on committees for PAWS With A Cause and David D. Hunting YMCA.

Jatnna Abreu, senior talent management specialist at Amway, is a 2019 Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree who serves as the 2020 chair of Amway’s Multicultural Inclusion Network and is a mentor at Affinity.

Veronica Bradford, diversity and inclusion specialist at Gordon Food Service, serves as program director for the Greater Grand Rapids Chapter of Jack and Jill of America and is a member of Women United at Heart of West Michigan United Way. She also is a graduate of the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Leading Edge program.

Mia Jankowiak, director of marketing and events at the Grand Rapids Chamber, is a lead graduate coach for Dale Carnegie, serves on the communications strategy council at Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan and chairs the Next Gen Council for Silent Observer.

Board members serve three-year terms, and the board president and vice president serve one-year terms.

A full list of the organization’s board members can be found on Affinity Mentoring’s website.

Affinity Mentoring

Affinity Mentoring is a nonprofit founded in 2001 to interrupt the cycle of poverty through mentoring relationships.

The organization provides one-on-one volunteer mentoring for students at Burton Elementary, Burton Middle School, Southwest Community Campus and Godfrey-Lee Early Childhood Center.

The Grand Rapids Chamber named Affinity Mentoring the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at its 10th annual EPIC Awards.

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