Nonprofit elects board members


Jaclyn Ahearne. Courtesy D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s

A nonprofit focused on children and families has announced the addition of five new members to its board of directors.

Grand Rapids-based D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s said last week the new members “epitomize the giving spirit” of the West Michigan community and bring “expertise and energy to our agency.”

“We are very fortunate to have them on board,” said Jim Paparella, president and CEO, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s.

The board members will each serve three-year terms.

With the additions, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s has a 20-member board.

New board members

Jaclyn Ahearne, Gartner

Mayda Bahamonde-Gunnell, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Ryan Cook, Steelcase

Stanley Sleight, SD Sleight Consulting

Kate Zell, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan

D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s

The accredited nonprofit provides services to children and families, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, foster care, adoption and family preservation.

It also provides residential treatment and emergency shelter care.

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