Meet the Team

 

Angela Dershem, Director

Email Angela
616-422-2074

smiling girlAngela Dershem is Director of  the Ottawa Community Schools Network. She has also worked as a Parent Liaison, a special education teacher, and a Minister of Children and Families. 

What Angela loves about her job:  She loves collaborating with incredible professionals to working toward solutions to meet the needs of children, families and schools.  She also really loves her staff and getting to support the incredible work they do in schools. 

What is making Angela happy these days: She loves spending time with the people she loves and being active, especially outdoors.

 

 


 

 

 

Community School Coordinators

Alli Vance-

Hudsonville Public Schools

South Elementary

Community School Coordinator

Email Alli

616-669-9362 

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Alli Vance has experience working at Children's Protective Services & Drug and Alcohol Prevention. 

What Alli loves about her job: She loves being in the school setting and being able to help create an environment where students and their families can feel safe and ask for help when needed.

What is making Alli happy these days: Alli loves spending time with her family, reading, and camping.


 

Bri Blanksma

Allendale Public Schools

Evergreen Elementary

McKinney - Vento Liaison / Asst. Community School Coordinator 

616-892-3548

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Brianne (Bri) Blanksma is the Assistant Community School Coordinator and McKinney-Vento Liaison for Allendale Public Schools at Evergreen Elementary.  Bri has also worked as an Assistant Preschool Teacher. 

What Bri loves about her job: She loves helping others!

What is making Bri happy these days: Children, animals and reading make her happy!


 

Caity DeBoard

Holland Public Schools

Jefferson Elementary 

Community School Coordinator

616-494-2506.

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Before joining OCSN Caity DeBoard  worked at a counseling agency. Caity had several roles there including case management for counseling clients, interpreting counseling sessions, and working in the front office.

What Caity loves about her job: Every day is different. Working as a coordinator is never boring!  Each day she is blown away by the support that the community has for Jefferson students and families. Caity loves that she can be a support for students in so many ways.

What is making Caity happy these days: Spending time with her daughter and husband!


 

Casey VanAntwerpen

Coopersville Public Schools

East Elementary and West Early Childhood Center

Community School Coordinator

Email Casey

(616)-997-3646

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Casey VanAntwerpen brings with her experience working as a counseling contractor for the state, a school counselor, and a YMCA Program Director. 

What Casey loves about her job: She loves impacting her own community. 

What is making Casey happy these days: Watching her three kids grow is making her happy.


 

 

Lauren Gray

Holland Public Schools

Holland High School

Community School Coordinator

Email Lauren

616-494-2071

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Lauren Gray has previous experience as a dean of students for three years at Holland High School and a background in psychology and sociology.

What Lauren loves about her job: Lauren is excited to dive into this new position at Holland High supporting the students and staff she has grown to love over the years. She is also passionate about partnering with the community that has welcomed her and serves so many of the students and families in various ways already.

What's making Lauren happy these days: Lauren loves to read and loves to travel, especially to Europe and Northern Michigan. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her daughter and husband and adventure together. 


 

Ashley Golin

Holland Public Schools

Holland Language Academy

Community School Coordinator

Email Ashley

616-494-2635

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Ashley brings a wealth of experience to  OCSN from her previous experience as a K-8 English Learner teacher in the public school system.

What Ashley loves about her job: "It is a privilege collaborating with families, staff, and community partners to help students find success in and out of school! I am passionate about ensuring school is equitable and accessible for all learners. I love helping students grow in confidence while empowering them and their families to use their unique gifts to benefit the school community."

What is making Ashley happy these days: "I love to travel, study different languages, and spend time with my husband and our dog Chewbacca!"


 

Sarah Krupka

Holland Public Schools

Holland Middle School

Community School Coordinator

Email Sarah

616-494-2425 x 2416

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Sarah joins the OCSN team with previous experience working as a Pregnancy Outreach Supervisor and supervising home-based family preservation programs.

What Sarah loves about her job: "I like being a support to students and families while connecting them to the resources they need. I like working in the school setting to help provide students and staff with resources needed to remove barriers to academic success."

What is making Sarah happy these days: "I love spending time with my family, watching my kids play sports, being outdoors and reading a good book."


 

Lauren Otteman

Young Adult Services

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Community School Coordinator

Email Lauren

(616) 399 2266

Lauren joins the OCSN team with previous experience working with the largest Special Recreation Association in the Chicago area as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Her roles included Recreation Specialist and Day Camp Coordinator, and Special Olympics Coach.

What Lauren loves about her job: "I love encouraging others to find their true passions and self-worth. Everyone has such amazing potentional and helping people realize is very rewarding! I am excited to join the OCSN team and support students, teachers, and family members within the Ottawa community."

What is making Lauren happy these days: " Water sports on Lake Michigan, enjoying the sunshine, reading good books, and spending time with friends/family."


 

Michelle Brothers

Ottawa Area Center

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Community School Coordinator

Email Michelle

(616) 738-8960 Ext: 4640

Michelle joins the OCSN team with previous experience working with Ottawa County Community Action Agency as a program coordinator for over 22 years helping the community gain access to services during a time of need.

What Michelle loves about her job: "I love working with families and connecting them to needed resources to help make their daily lives better."

What is making Michelle happy these days: "Spending time with my family and two dogs. I love to travel, spend time outdoors and watch her daughter and nephews play sports."


 

Tyler Mouw

Hamilton High School

Hamilton Community Schools

Community School Coordinator

Email Tyler

269-751-5185 ext. 2011

Tyler joins the OCSN team with previous experience working with Foster Care Case Management and Foster Home Licensing at Bethany Christian Services, and as a House Manager at Men's Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (Chester A Ray Center)

What Tyler loves about his job: "I love being able to help students, families, and staff feel supported, seen, and cared for. I also love working for such an awesome and supportive team!"

What is making Tyler happy these days: "I play guitar in a band with some friends of mine, and we play shows about once or twice a month. That's been a great creative outlet for me and an excellent stress-reliever!"


 

Jenna Walbeck

Hamilton Community Schools

Hamilton Elementary

Community School Coordinator

Email Jenna

269-751-5413 x4009 F: 269-751-7554

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Jenna Walbeck has experience working as a Clinical specialist at Neurocore Brain Performance Center delivering biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment, and as a therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center. 

What Jenna loves about her job: Jenna likes being able to think creatively and work collaboratively with various individuals and organizations to offer support to the students, families and staff of Hamilton.

What is making Jenna happy these days: She is happy when she is spending time with her family.


 

Kari Wiersema

Allendale Public Schools

Evergreen Elementary and Allendale Middle School

Community School Coordinator

Email Kari

 616-892-3458

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Kari Wiersema has also worked as a Mckinney-Vento Liaison (Evergreen Elementary- 3 years); Catholic Charities (Pregnancy Counselor - 1 year); Lakeshore Pregnancy Center - Allendale Director (9 years). 

What Kari loves about her job: Kari loves that she gets to support her students, families and staff by finding ways to hopefully make their lives a little bit easier. And she LOVES that she gets to see kids everyday.

What is making Kari happy these days: Kari feel so blessed because she loves both her family and her work family and she is so incredible happy and excited to see the school filled with kids again!


 

Lana Kamer

Zeeland Public Schools

Roosevelt Elementary and Venture Academy

Community School Coordinator

Email Lana

(616) 748-4777 ext. 2538  F: (616) 748-3054

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Lana Kamer was formerly a Child and Adolescent Therapist at Arbor Circle, and a General Therapist and Foster Care/Older Child Adoption Therapist at Bethany Christian Services. 

What Lana loves about her job: She loves being in school with kids, working with teachers, and helping children and families with whatever they need.

What's making Lana happy these days: She loves cooking shows and playing the piano!


 

Sara Lothschutz

Coopersville Public Schools

South Elementary School

Community School Coordinator

Email Sara

(616) 997-3155 | F: (616) 997-3114

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Sara Lothschutz comes to OCSN after 15 years at various agencies as a Foster Care Case Manager, Adoption Case Manager, Post Adoption Resource Coordinator and Foster Home Licensing and Adoption Supervisor. 

What Sara loves about her job: As an OCSN Coordinator she gets opportunities to create valuable relationships. She enjoys being a support to students and families, helping families connect to resources so their at-home worries don't transfer as much to their child coming to school. She likes supporting teachers in various ways and teaming with her amazing community resources to stand alongside families and provide opportunities for Coopersville children to grow and learn.

When not at school, Sara loves spending time her husband and four kids.


 

Mallory Timmer

Holland Public Schools

Holland West Elemenaty School

Community School Coordinator

Email Mallory

(616) 494-2373

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Mallory's work experience has focused on family engagement and community outreach. She has had the privilege of meeting incredibly resilient individuals as a case manager in a substance use disorder program, youth counselor for unaccompanied minors, parent coach, community outreach coordinator, outpatient therapist and recruitment specialist for a child welfare program.

What Mallory loves about her job: "There is nothing quite like being able to experience human connectedness while doing community based work. I love that about my job!"

What is making Mallory happy these days: "There are many things that bring a smile to my face; listening to any song by the Bee Gees is one of those things! Also, listening to any original song written and performed by my five-year-old son is also a bright spot to my day."


 

Sarah Manner

Hamilton Community Schools

Hamilton Middle School

Community School Coordinator

Email Sarah

269-751-4436 x3010

Sarah comes to OCSN with experience working as a teacher at Hamilton Middle School.

What Sarah loves about her job: "I love working with students and getting to know them and their interests and being able to support their passions."

What is making Sarah happy these days: "I love our dog Howie. He is a rescue and we love spoiling/ loving him and talking him on walks and adventures."


 

Brenda Davis

Hudsonville Public Schools

Baldwin Street Middle School 

Community School Coordinator

Email Brenda

616.669.7750

Brenda joins the OCSN team with previous experience working for 12 years in Hudsonville Public Schools. Her jobs included administrative assistant subbing and special education paraprofessional positions. She has also had experience working with family preservation services, such as Safe Families in both Ottawa and Kent Counties.

What Brenda loves about her job: "I love building meaningful relationships with both staff and students. Watching students grow in confidence and independence makes what I do everyday extremely rewarding!"

What is making Brenda happy these days: "I enjoy family dinners, a good cup of coffee, and exploring new places."


 

Addison Huss

Hudsonville Public Schools

Alward Elementary School

Community School Coordinator

Email Addison

616-669-6700 x5807

Addison joins the OCSN team with previous experience working in child welfare as a foster care case manager for over 2 years and then as a foster care licensing specialist for roughly a year before accepting this position through the OCSN.

What Addison loves about her job: "What I love about working in foster care is having the opportunity to nurture relationships with my clients and foster families. I am beyond excited to begin my new role as a Community School Coordinator and develop relationships with families, students, and staff in the Hudsonville community!"

What is making Addison happy these days: "Sunshine, country music, iced coffee, and my golden retriever."


 

Emma Luedtke

Allendale Middle School

Allendale Public Schools

Community School Coordinator

Email Emma

616-892-5595 ext. 6152

Emma joins the OCSN team with previous experience working as an intern at Hamilton Elementary school, interim for Hamilton Middle School, Wellness and Activity Coordinator for East Grand Rapids

What Emma loves about her job: "I love the students! My favorite part about this job is getting to touch on every aspect of the students lives through their teachers, their parents/caregivers, and their community."

What is making Emma happy these days: "Her three month old kitten, Tickle and picnics on the beach"