The Step Up leadership team consists of the board of directors, house managers, and program coordinator.
A resident house manager lives in each home. The house manager oversees the daily life and responsibilities of the residents and maintains the smooth operation of the facility.
The Program Coordinator assists participants in establishing and accomplishing goals that will help the participant achieve growth and self sufficiency.
Adult Volunteer Mentors
Mentors work with the young women to address the advancement of life skills such as budgeting, cooking, obtaining a driver’s license, completing their education, and finding a job. Mentors will encourage social responsibility and spiritual growth.
Board of Directors
Step Up’s board of directors is responsible for the operation and organization of Step Up. The board of directors meets regularly with the house manager and other staff, participates in the residents’ application process, and provides oversight to the mentoring program.
Dick Kamps is a retired surgeon and practicing Hospice physician who has served Muskegon area residents for 33 years. During 15 of those years he served as president of his medical group. Those years provided significant experience in the successful management of a business and the personnel involved. His work of caring for people fulfills his life.
Calvin was a displaced youth who had to live with different family members after losing both parents while in high school. It took years of grieving, pushing through educational programs, and spiritual rebuilding to refocus his life. Serving others has been his saving Grace. He worked for Harbor Hospice for 17 years serving Muskegon County families experiencing death and dying and youth grief journeys through Camp Courage. Calvin went on to finish college earning a Business Administration degree and an Accounting degree. He gained experience serving youth and analyzing grants and programs as a Data Specialist with Webster House Youth Services. Calvin is now part of the management team of Harbor Hospice serving as the Office Supervisor and feels enriched to be able to contribute to the mission of Step Up.
Greg has a deep interest in building communities for youth which use education, cultural engagement, personal challenges, and community connections to strengthen their relationships with Christ. Greg’s business experience over the past 42 years includes sales, manufacturing, distribution, and consulting. He operates his own business and has experience establishing a non-profit entity in the state of Michigan.
Pamela is a Parole Manager with the Michigan Department of Corrections who for the past 4 years has provided Reentry Services to Michigan Offenders who re integrate back into the communities from which they came. Pamela is a wife and mother who always tries to be the person God intended her to be. Pamela believes that we should all be the person we needed when we were younger and be the change you want to see.
Lynn has shared life for 40 years with young people as an elementary school teacher, mother, grandmother,tutor, and mentor. She served as Step Up's Program Coordinator for over two years. Her organizational skills, community involvement, and love for young adults helps propel the mission of Step Up.
William owned and operated his own Muskegon business for 23 years. He has been and continues to be active in regional business policy and promotion through the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce. He shares his business wisdom by serving on a variety of boards and is past-president of the board at Goodwill. He also counsels aspiring entrepreneurs as a member of SCORE.
Leslie is currently a Foster Care Supervisor at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) where she supervises a specialized unit of 4 Foster Care Specialists, Educational Planner and MYOI (Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative) Coordinator. Her unit specializes in working with youth and young adults who will age out of the foster care system and work toward independent living. Leslie is married to Richard Slater and they share 3 children. She is an active member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Leslie received her Bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University and a Masters of Social Work from Grand Valley State University.
Carolyn is a surgical technologist who has served patients at Mercy Health Muskegon for 39 years. She also serves people in many ways as a mother, grandmother, and local church member. Carolyn delights in serving and caring for others.