Meet Our Leaders
See what excites us about coming to work every day.
I have the genuine privilege of working alongside some of my favorite people in life. In a job, you quickly realize that everything else is icing on the proverbial cake when you’re surrounded by the best-of-the-best. Passion, motivation, talent, work ethic – this team has it all and I am indebted to every one of them. That each team member has chosen to devote their energies and talents to changing young peoples’ lives – it doesn’t get much better.
“The team, the team, the team.” – Bo Shembechler
As a passionate communicator, it’s a privilege to tell our youths’ stories. I admire their hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve their goals. Their efforts are matched by the talented staff who are equally dedicated to helping them realize their full potential. Being surrounded by people who have found their true purpose and are helping others to find theirs is motivating and the ultimate reward from sharing these stories is when it motivates more youth to join our program.
To realize one’s destiny is a person’s only obligation. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Rick Van Til
Director of Development
My whole life I have tried to make a difference in the lives of young people, working for JMG is a perfect fit for me. I have over 34 years working with the Grand Rapids Public Schools Alternative Education programs and I enjoyed watching the trajectory of each student who thought that they could not WIN in school and life. Graduation Ceremonies, job placements, college enrollment I witnessed for 34 years, how can you not get excited about that!
“I have a dream.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, Jobs for michigan’s graduates
I could not be more excited to be a part of such a dynamic team of passionate, dedicated individuals working on solving barriers to success for youth in Michigan. The majority of our lives are spent working, and doing something that brings satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment is extremely important to me, and I have found that with Youth Solutions. Educating and preparing our future workforce will bring positive change to the communities we serve!
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of an organization working passionately for our youth on a statewide scale. My passion in life is helping others, and this organization centers itself around serving our youth through influential programs, which is why I could not be more excited to be a part of their work.
“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” -Norman B. Rice
Program Design and Quality Manager
To wake up each day to work on such a sacred mission as ours excites me. As a lifelong educator, I’ve always found it most prudent to practice what one teaches. Of all the foundational lessons in life, always remembering to have gratitude for one’s fortunes and blessings has to be one of the first. I am most thankful to work with a team of people in our office and throughout the state who are dedicated to positively guiding young people to manifest the greatness that is within each of them
“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” -‘The Way of the Warrior’
I strongly believe in our ability and responsibility to influence and improve the lives of others. I’m excited to be a part of the Youth Solutions team and strengthen my commitment to continuous improvement both inside of the office and out. I’m proud to be a part of a team that is working to make a difference in our youth’s future throughout the state of Michigan.
“Never doubt that small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Senior Affiliate Experience Associate
I’ve been fortunate throughout my career to have the privilege of being in positions where I am able to give back to my community. I’m grateful to be a part of the Youth Solutions team where I can impact young people as we prepare them to become the future of tomorrow.
“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.” – Kevin Kruse
Vice President of Finance, Kinexus
Solving the challenges of our communities means investing in the future and thinking long-term. As Michigan strives to fill the workforce gaps left by our retiring workforce, it becomes all-the-more-clear that investing in young people is the solution for long-term prosperity. I’m proud to work with an organization that’s in it for the long haul and committed to our future.
“Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems.” – Brian Tracy