Today is: Saturday, April 29, 2017
The new and continuing members of the ACEH Board of Directors.
ACEH Board of Directors, 2017-18, left to right: C.J. (Chris) Kingdom-Grier, president; Viola Jackson-Cleveland; Kim Lillibridge Ludwig; Belinda Coronado, vice-president; Eleanor Lopez, secretary; Lori Joseph-Shaw; H. Bin Lim; Not pictured: Al Minert, treasurer; Bobbie Brown.
ACEH Board of Directors
Nine directors serve for a two-year period.
- Bobbie Brown
- Viola Jackson-Cleveland
- Belinda Coronado
- Chris C.J. Kingdom-Grier
- Bin Lim
- Eleanor Lopez
- Kim Lillibridge Ludwig
- Al Minert
- Lori Joseph-Shaw
- Ann Weller, Editor
- Herb Weller, Database Manager
- Ken Cooper, Website Manager
Bobbie Brown works for Mediation Services as communication and administrative coordinator. She has lived in Holland for 23 years and has volunteered in many community, city, and youth programs, including Juneteenth, The Sistahs Supporting Sistahs, Meadowlane Townhomes youth, Boys and Girls Club, community gardening, neighborhood watch, Ourstreet, and Human Relations Commission. She is the mother of two beautiful, creative adults and grandmother of four and enjoys fishing, music, dancing, and cooking. Bobbie says: "I enjoy the presence of Alliance members in the community; I believe they are honest and true to their beliefs about equal rights of human beings. I would like to share my talents and viewpoints and help ACEH in any way that I can."
Viola Jackson-Cleveland is the life enrichment coordinator for a local assisted living center. Born and raised in Chicago, she has lived in Holland since 1998 with her spouse, three adult children, and grandson. Viola has volunteered with local organizations that advocate for the needs of minorities and the disenfranchised and has collaborated with churches, nonprofits, schools, and businesses in Ottawa County to help youth recognize the value of post-secondary education and learn how they can connect with resources to advocate for themselves and others. Viola says: "ACEH appeals to my commitment to my family and community by recognizing it takes intentionality to engage with others and to learn about each other's cultures and concerns to better understand and appreciate what makes us unique as a group."
Belinda Coronado has lived in Holland for 26 years. She was a sergeant in the Army National Guard military police, stationed in Iraq in 2006-7 and serving during Hurricane Katrina. She has an associate's degree in criminal justice and currently is completing an undergraduate degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis on leadership, at Grand Valley. Belinda has "three awesome kids and three dogs," she says. She serves on the ACEH board because it: "promotes being a community, fosters inclusion, and supports public efforts to end discrimination, racism, and violence."
Chris C.J. Kingdom-Grier is assistant to the President for Racial Initiatives and associate director of admissions at Western Theological Seminary. He is also the chief musician at Maple Avenue Ministries in Holland, which is committed to becoming a multicultural community of reconciliation; his choir has traveled throughout the world with a message of unity and love. CJ is married to the Rev. Denise Kingdom-Grier, lead pastor at Maple Avenue; they have been "the village" to more than 12 children, including a biological nephew and their daughter, Gezelle, 12, and son, Christopher, 9. C.J. says: "I am honored to join the team of 'agents of change' on the ACEH board because this is an extension of the neighborhood, city, and global work I have been a part of in Holland since 1997."
Bin Lim has been an ACEH member from its founding and has served as treasurer. He is an engineer, retired from Herman Miller. Bin is one of the founding and faithful members of "Pancakes R Us,” which offers free community breakfast every Saturday at Western Seminary. Bin and his wife, Lisa, have four children and four grandchildren. He says, "I think ACEH is a unique organization attracting progressive, open-minded and compassionate people trying to dismantle the (sometimes ever so subtle) social injustices in our community by getting involved in a very personal way. We have to educate ourselves and the community, to get rid of our prejudices and unconscious false understanding of others. I have no choice but to be active and hope to attract others to do the same."
Eleanor Lopez has lived in the Holland area for many years and is active in community programs, including ACEH. She worked in healthcare for 30 years. She now keeps herself busy with her small business, Spice Dazzle and volunteering for various organizations. A member of the board some years ago, Eleanor has returned to serve again because, she says: "I believe ACEH is an excellent organization and through it, I would like to continue helping people from different cultures and backgrounds come together to share their diverse experiences and points of view. Education that is truly diverse can have a lasting impact on our community."
Kim Lillibridge Ludwig is a quality engineer working in Holland and says that her 24 years as an engineer have honed her problem-solving, organizational, and critical-thinking skills. With her husband, Mark, she adopted her daughter, Nebiyat, from Ethiopia in 2010. Since then, the couple has worked with the transracial adoption community on race issues, locally and beyond. They live in Fennville, where they raise beef cattle at Sand Lilly Farm. Kim took part in a healing racism workshop in 2000 and has continued her concern with justice issues. She says: "On the ACEH board I can keep working on racial awareness and policy changes to help improve the lives of people in Holland and beyond."
Al Minert taught high school and middle school math and accounting in a career that spanned 40 years and 11 locations. He and his wife, Peg, retired to Holland in 2008 from Washington, DC, where he was financial manager for Witness for Peace, a faith-based organization that advocates nonviolent solutions to problems and works for changes in U.S. policy toward Latin America. The couple has a daughter, two sons, and five grandchildren; his immediate and extended family includes a wide variety of ethnicities. Al says: "I would like to be a part of the board of the Alliance for Cultural and Ethnic Harmony because I want to do my part in promoting and celebrating cultural diversity in the Holland community."
Lori Joseph-Shaw grew up on Mountain Home Air Force Base outside Boise, Idaho and moved to Michigan in 1990. She has been involved in the community in the National Association of Professional Women, Breast Cancer Awareness, Juneteenth, the Center of African American Art and History and Black History events. She works at Great Lakes Castings, recently graduated from Cornerstone University with a degree in business management and also has a degree in music education from Boise State. Lori says, "I believe that to make this community successful, we need to be all-inclusive. ACEH works hard to promote cultural and ethnic diversity in our community; educating the community about our differences is the only way we can truly embrace how much we really have in common."
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