The Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance works to dismantle barriers to ensure people of all ethnic backgrounds have equal access and opportunity to participate fully in the life of the community.

Influenced by national dialogue and research on racial equity, LEDA forms a bridge between formal and informal leaders and individuals throughout our community and region. This model establishes credibility, expertise, and accountability; increases visibility and awareness; and fosters defined, sustainable initiatives and outcomes.

History

In 1996, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance was founded by ordinary women and men. Bonded together by the desire to create an inclusive and welcoming community for all, the ordinary turned into the extraordinary when they dedicated themselves to dismantling barriers.

Today LEDA represents a broad cross-section of interests and cultures. Hundreds of volunteers and a growing staff work on initiatives throughout the region, alongside dozens of area CEOs and stakeholders engaged in moving forward a vision of racial equity.

LEDA Team

Executive Team

latoya booker

Latoya Booker, M.Ed.
Executive Director

Program Team

Alice Jasper
Associate Program Director

Eunice Ruiz
Migrant Programs Associate

Marlene Field Headshot

Marlene Field
General Programs Associate

Administrative/Operations Team

Jared Leys Headshot

Jared Leys
Operations & Marketing Manager

Patricia Strachan
Administrative Associate

Rob Dale Headshot

Rob Dale
Accountant

Board of Directors

Zahabia Ahmed-Usmani
Chairperson

Abraham Gonzales
Vice Chair
Law Office of Abraham Gonzales

Heather C. Gluszewski
Treasurer
Haworth

Melissa Freye
Secretary
Community Foundation for Muskegon County

Erica Czaja
Grand Valley State University

Sarah Howard
Pinsky, Smith, Fayette & Kennedy

Simone Jonaitis
Grand Valley State University

Reyna Masko
Ottawa County

Ann Noe
Herman Miller

Kelly Richards
Muskegon Area District Library

Shontaye Witcher
Grand Valley State University

Advisory Council

The CEO Advisory Council, comprised of chief executives and community leaders, helps establish leadership consensus regarding key priorities, action strategies and performance measures that will have the greatest impact on achieving community and organization cultures that are genuinely welcoming and inclusive to all.

James W.F. Brooks, Council Chair
Managing Partner, Brooks Capital Management
Franco Bianchi
President/CEO, Haworth, Inc.
Jud Bradford
Chairman, Bradford Paper Company
Leslie Brown
Chairman, Metal Flow Corp.
Tony Castillo
Owner, Milagro Six, Inc.
Noel Cuellar
CEO, Primera Plastics
William Fettis
Partner, Investment Property Associates
Mike Goorhouse
President/CEO, Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area
Thomas Haas, Ph.D
President, Grand Valley State University
Scott Huizenga
Partner, Varnum Law

Nelson Jacobson
President/CEO, JSJ Corporation
Dorothy A. Johnson
President Emeritus, Council of Michigan Foundations
Holly Johnson
President, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation
Rodney Martin
Diversity Partner, Warner, Norcross & Judd
Dale Nesbary, Ph.D
President, Muskegon Community College
Mat Nguyen
President, Worksighted
Jeffrey Padnos
President, Louis Padnos Iron & Metal
Richard J. Pappas, Ed.D
President, Davenport University
Dale Sowders
President/CEO, Holland Hospital
Alan G. Vanderberg
County Administrator, Ottawa County
Brian Walker
President/CEO, Herman Miller