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Meet Our Staff

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Stormie Drake

Executive Director

stormie@readottawa.org

616.217.3403

Stormie has nearly 15 years of experience as a nonprofit administrator and educator. She holds a Bachelor’s in Education and English Language Arts and she is currently obtaining a Master’s of Administration in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations. Her role as an educator allows her to present professional development training to other educators, nonprofit staff, and social workers across the state of Michigan. She has previously held roles as an educational caseworker, teacher, and program director. Stormie and her husband live in Fennville and care for five special needs pets. She enjoys reading, writing, and cooking.

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Marisol Stork

Pair Coordinator
Grand Haven / Northwest Ottawa County

marisol@readottawa.org

616.834.0607

Born in Iowa, but raised in Wisconsin, and a resident of Michigan since 1994, Marisol is a true Midwesterner at heart. Marisol has both a BA in Psychology and Religion, and a MSW in Social Work with an emphasis in Marriage & Family therapy. She is happily married, and a mother to two children and a rescue dog. Marisol started with READ Ottawa as a volunteer in 2012. She then took over at the Pair Coordinator in 2013, and has served the organization in that capacity since. Marisol loves the people she gets to meet in her job, and is proud to serve her community by working with READ Ottawa.

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Jill Roof

Pair Coordinator
Holland / Zeeland

jill@readottawa.org

616.795.9991

Jill started with READ Ottawa as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2020. In 2021, she transitioned to the role of Pair Coordinator for Holland/ Zeeland. She is also a public policy researcher and has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Jill resides in Zeeland with her husband and three children that attend Zeeland Public Schools (ZPS) and are active in sports and activities, which keeps her active in the community. She is a board member of the Holland Hockey Association and volunteers with ZPS and Immanuel Church. Jill loves to read, run, and be outside with her family.

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Lynn Groothuis

Training Coordinator
Ottawa County

lynn@readottawa.org

616.414.0295

Lynn is a graduate of Calvin College with Bachelor's in Education. She taught at Zeeland Christian School from 1988 to 2022 in the regular classroom and as the visual arts instructor. Lynn has a passion for mentoring and has served in that role for the Ethnic Diversity Alliance, 70×7 Ministry, Alternative Education in Grand Haven and more. She believes strongly in the power that literacy brings and is committed to helping foster dignity in every learner. In her free time Lynn enjoys golfing and hiking with her husband as well as collecting interesting driftwood on the beaches of west Michigan.

Our Support Staff

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Kate Ford

Social Media Specialist

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Lori Koons

Accountant

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Carol Wilhelm

Training Developer

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Renate Watters

Assessment Coordinator

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Marilyn Reichardt

Assessment Coordinator

Our Board of Directors

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Jeff Parriott

President

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Susan Lowe

Secretary

The Bookman

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Sheryl Zajechowski

Treasurer

Brilliance Publishing

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Sara TePastte

Board Member

Ottawa Area ISD

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Angel Mendiola

Board Member

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

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Maggie McKeithan

Board Member

Spring Lake District Library

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Jacob Ryan

Board Member

Herrick District Library

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Lori Lee

Board Member

Ottawa Area ISD

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