Our Mission & Vision
Motivated by the love of Christ, Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) promotes abundant life by providing holistic services to women and men affected by unplanned pregnancy. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to live life abundantly. Our model of personalized care ensures that clients’ needs are met with expert help and genuine compassion. Free and confidential services provide comprehensive care, empowering people to thrive in all areas of their life.
Families Served in 2021
Diapers Distributed in 2021
Years of Care
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Vice President of Business Operations
Kyle joined the AGR team in April 2022. As Vice President of Business Operations, he has the huge role of overseeing facilities, security, IT, finance, and human resources. Luckily, Kyle’s #1 priority in any job is to never be bored, and he found that here! Kyle felt an instant connection with the mission and vision of AGR because he was an unplanned pregnancy and his parents chose life for him when they were teenagers. His parents had a lot of support surrounding them, so he is passionate about working at a place that supports women and men affected by unplanned pregnancy who may not have the support that his parents experienced. Kyle and his wife have two children, a son and daughter. Kyle also has many hobbies outside of work, including reading, trivia/word puzzle games, and anything to do with basketball (playing, watching, or coaching it!).
Kalie came to Alpha Grand Rapids as an intern in the spring of 2013 and transitioned to a full-time employee in 2014. She loves the holistic way that AGR cares for families and has always been inspired by the strength and resilience of the parents in our programs. As the Marketing Director, her primary job is to maintain AGR’s brand and ensure that everyone who attends an event or receives a marketing piece has a positive impression. Kalie and her husband were actually set up on a blind date by a volunteer at AGR! They welcomed their first child in 2020. Outside of spending time with her family, Kalie loves traveling (she’s been to 14 countries so far!), reading, and watching reruns of the show Parks & Recreation.
Client Services Associate
Liz joined our team in December 2022 and has been lighting up the front desk with her welcoming smile and cheerful spirit ever since! As the Client Services Associate, Liz rarely has a quiet moment between answering the phone, scheduling appointments, welcoming guests, and making sure everyone gets where they need to go. Liz says she was drawn to AGR because of the warmth and love that radiates from the staff and volunteers, and she has found it very meaningful to be part of extending that feeling to everyone we serve. Outside of work, Liz enjoys traveling with her husband and son, doing her nails (she’s very talented at it!), and helping with the youth ministry at her church.
Finance & HR Manager
April joined the Alpha Grand Rapids team in December 2019 (we considered her an early Christmas present). She brings her love of numbers and bookkeeping skills to AGR as well as the ability to make people laugh and feel appreciated. Even though her job is more “behind-the-scenes,” April is passionate about being part of an organization that walks alongside parents in need of support. April and her family live on a huge farm where the kids have plenty of opportunities to play outside and ride along on tractors. She enjoys running, spending time with her family, and finding new house projects to tackle.
Material Resources Coordinator
Aubree was an intern at Alpha Grand Rapids from 2014-2015 while she completed her Human Services degree at Grace Christian University. As an intern, Aubree remembers immediately feeling the love that the staff has for each other, the families being served, and the work being done. When she had the opportunity to join the staff in May 2021, she was excited to do so! As the Material Resources Coordinator, Aubree loves organizing “all the things” and making the store a great place for families to shop. She stays very busy outside of work coaching middle school volleyball, being a high school youth group leader, and traveling on hiking/backpacking trips whenever possible.
Dana Frye, RDMS
Dana started working at AGR in May of 2022 right after graduating from Grand Valley State University. She had been looking for opportunities to work in a pregnancy care center because she was passionate about supporting women (and men) who are experiencing crisis pregnancies. Dana loves using her sonography skills to show and teach people about the incredible process of human development and growth. She also loves being part of the AGR team and getting work work with other staff members and volunteers. In her spare time, Dana loves going to musical events with her husband, riding horses, playing piano and saxophone, and reading as much as possible.
Colleen walked through the doors of Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) in March of 2014 and just couldn’t leave. As President, Colleen empowers our staff, volunteers and community to become involved with others who are in need. She is a passionate speaker and loves getting the opportunity to share the mission of AGR with individuals, churches, businesses, and anyone else who will listen! Colleen has given birth to three children in three different countries (what she considers the definition of insanity!), has enough hair for at least four people, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Support Services Manager
Lupita joined the Alpha Grand Rapids staff in the fall of 2017. As the Support Services Manager, she oversees the Step Up Mentoring Program, which is the largest program at AGR. Lupita supports volunteer mentors that walk alongside moms in Step Up and also ensures that everything is running smoothly in our lobby for all guests who enter the Women’s Center. We often hear how Lupita’s warm smile and friendly spirit make people feel instantly at ease and happy to be at AGR! Lupita’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her two beautiful children, and she is constantly looking for fun new things for them to do together. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and listening to music.
Men’s Center Director
Matt joined the team at Alpha Grand Rapids at the beginning of 2021 shortly before the new Men’s Center facility was completed and opened as one of the first standalone buildings solely serving fathers in the United States. As Men’s Center Director, Matt empowers staff members and volunteers to walk alongside fathers and equip them to be the best man, partner, and father possible. A native of Grand Rapids, Matt enjoys family time with his wife and teenage daughter, reading, and almost all outdoor recreation. Whatever you do, don’t get him started on a Michigan vs. Michigan State debate!
Events & Communications Coordinator
Kelly first came to AGR as a volunteer in 2020 and instantly fell in love with how AGR provides holistic care to families in Grand Rapids. When a job posting popped up in late 2022 to join our team as a staff member, Kelly was quick to apply! As the Events & Communications Coordinator, Kelly works alongside the Marketing Team to run events, manage our social media, and get the AGR story out to as many people as possible through various channels. Her hobbies include playing piano, watercolor painting, and going on long hikes with her husband. A fun fact about Kelly and her family is that they spent 15 years in Budapest, Hungary as missionaries. Kelly was there from ages 3-18, so she was raised bilingual and is fluent in Hungarian!
Community Engagement Manager
Lauren joined the Alpha Grand Rapids staff in January of 2018, just days after finishing college. For nearly two years, she served as the Material Resources Coordinator and managed the store and inventory at AGR. In late 2019, she transitioned into a new role of Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Lauren builds strategic partnerships to bring in funding, volunteers, and material items. She especially loves connecting with churches through diaper, winter item, and toy drives. Lauren loves cooking and spending as much time at the lake as possible, is passionate about the importance of foster care, and occasionally sneaks away from her desk to hold one of the cute kiddos in childcare. She and her husband, Drew, have been married since 2018.
Men’s Center Office Coordinator
Daniel joined the AGR team as the Men’s Center Office Coordinator in July 2022. He handles scheduling for the Men’s Center, reviews client files, assists with setting up for groups and classes, and handles emergency visits for dads as needed. Daniel feels that serving the community is part of his calling, and he knew working at AGR would fit perfectly with that calling. He loves interacting with dads that come to the Men’s Center, especially when he has the opportunity to help them in some way. He and his wife have two beautiful children, so Daniel loves spending time with them. He also enjoys swimming, reading, writing, and making music. Daniel is also a pastor, so juggling all of his important roles keeps him very busy!
Educational Services Associate
Searching for an internship brought Emily to AGR in the fall of 2019. Her social work program required her to do an internship, and she was also looking for a place that would feel like a meaningful way to give back. Being at AGR felt like such a great fit for her and exactly where she was meant to be, so she was thrilled when an opportunity came up in March 2022 to join the staff full-time! As the Educational Services Associate, Emily helps coordinate our many classes and group programs and ensures that every parent that participates has a great experience. Emily loves the variety she experiences every day, whether she’s jumping in to entertain kids in childcare, using her Spanish-speaking skills to chat with a client, or setting up paperwork and snacks before a class starts. In her spare time, Emily enjoys listening to podcasts, gardening, playing board games, and running (she has completed two half-marathons so far!).
Lori Potter, RDMS
Sonographer, Independent Contractor
Lori started as a volunteer at Alpha Grand Rapids in December of 2010 and transitioned to an Independent Contractor in 2012. Being in the medical field, Lori has always had a love of helping people and especially for babies. AGR brings together the best of these, while being able to use her medical skills. As an ultrasound technician, she loves educating women about their pregnancy, their baby’s development, and showing life on the ultrasound screen. Lori and her husband have two daughters. Lori also has many hobbies outside of work including spending time with her family, kayaking, boating, swimming, and renovation projects.
Vice President of Client Services
Valerie partnered with AGR on events for several years while at her previous job and loved seeing what AGR was doing in the community. When she had the opportunity to join the team in early 2022, she was excited to do so! As Vice President of Client Services, Valerie uses her passion for hospitality to give every person who walks through the doors at AGR a great experience. She loves to hear stories from clients and volunteers and is always looking for an opportunity to serve the people around her. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys being mama to her three children, running, going to the beach, and any opportunity to travel (she is constantly planning the next family vacation!).
Client Services Assistant
Merly joined our team in July 2022 as the Client Services Assistant. Merly says that during the interview process she saw how passionate the staff was about helping people and she immediately knew she wanted to be part of AGR. She loves meeting new people and being able to hear their stories, so she loves every opportunity to interact with the moms and dads that come through our doors. As the Client Services Assistant, Merly helps with answering calls that come into the front desk, shops with parents who come in for emergency visits, tackles administrative projects, and much more. Outside of work, Merly loves spending time with family, friends, and her dog. She is a big fan of traveling and loves being outside, especially hiking and camping.
Tammie joined the Alpha Grand Rapids team in June of 2021. She grew up on the east side of Michigan but, having lived in West Michigan for over half of her life, now claims Grand Rapids as her hometown. Tammie was drawn to AGR’s mission of promoting abundant life and how that is put into action through nonjudgmental, compassionate care. As our Marketing Coordinator, she uses her graphic design abilities to help every marketing piece communicate well and inspire action. Tammie is a godmother to the three adult daughters of her college roommate and enjoys being part of their family, especially since most of her family lives out of state. Outside of work, Tammie loves being at Lake Michigan, finding new local restaurants, and spending time on her porch reading or painting.
Katy joined the Alpha Grand Rapids team in November 2021 after being drawn to the way AGR extends genuine care in a holistic way. She enjoys making sure things run smoothly behind the scenes, which makes her perfectly suited for her role! As Development Coordinator, Katy processes financial donations, maintains the AGR donor database, and orders supplies. Her attention to detail and willingness to jump in on any task is hugely appreciated! Outside of work, Katy enjoys hiking, camping, baking, reading, and spending time with family. She and her husband have been married since 2018 and welcomed their first child in 2022.
Educational Services Manager
Carrie volunteered in the Single Moms Support Group for a year before joining our staff as the Single Moms Support Group Coordinator in January 2018. In 2021, she moved into the position of Educational Services Manager and now oversees the Educational Services department. She is dedicated to serving women and men who participate in group programs at Alpha Grand Rapids and ensures that classes and support groups run smoothly. She and her husband, Rich, share two amazing daughters. Carrie enjoys reading, quilting, being involved with her church, and mowing her lawn in the summertime. She is a pretty laidback person, but don’t get between her and a cleaning/organizing project when she’s stressed – she takes it very seriously!
Brad was born and raised in West Michigan and loves living here. An avid runner, Brad was a sprinter at Cornerstone University where he earned his bachelor’s in business and master’s in organizational leadership. Feeling a call to make a difference in the community, Brad joined Alpha Grand Rapids in February 2021. He loves AGR’s intentionality around prayer and service and how that parallels the love of Jesus. As Development Director, he oversees the processes around raising funds, volunteers, and resources – all of which are crucial for meeting the needs of the families served at AGR. Brad and his wife, Annie, have been married since 2006 and have a son and daughter. They are an active family that loves spending time together and finding fun things to do around West Michigan.
Lindsy Spielmaker, RN
Lindsy joined the AGR team in March 2022, but she has been aware of and involved in supporting AGR for as long as she can remember. She worked as a nurse in a hospital setting for years but was considering a change in early 2022… right as we were praying and searching for someone with her exact qualifications! Lindsy brings her genuine care for people to her job every single day and is honored to spend time listening to people’s stories and working through their questions and fears, especially when it comes to women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy. Her goal is to make sure women feel empowered and know that they have options, and she does that so well! When she’s not working, Lindsy loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. Their family is constantly outside playing, working on projects, and putting time into their hobby of raising chickens and ducks.