Meet the Team

OCSN Administrative Team

Caroline GeistCaroline Geist

Director

Email Caroline
810-252-1648

Caroline Geist is the Director of Ottawa Community Schools Network. She previously worked as a Community School Coordinator with Kent School Services Network before being hired on to launch OCSN. She also has previous experience building up and coordinating tutoring and mentoring programs in schools in Kent County. What she loves about her job is seeing the change that comes from the community, families, and schools working together to do what's best for kids. She also thinks she has the best staff around! Something that makes her happy these days is spending time with family and the opportunity to be outdoors and enjoy the beach.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Angela DershamAngela Dershem

Assistant Director

Email Angela
616-422-2074

Angela Dershem is Assistant 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 is 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.  Something that makes her happy these days is hiking and kayaking with people (and puppies) she loves.

 


 

 

Community School Coordinators

Alli Vance-

Hudsonville Public Schools

South Elementary

Community School Coordinator

Email Alli

616-669-9362 x4809

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Alli Vance has experience working at Children's Protective Services & Drug and Alcohol Prevention. 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, if needed. Alli loves spending time with her family, reading, and camping.


 

Alli Watson-

Hamilton Community Schools

Hamilton Middle School

Community School Coordinator

Email Alli

269-751-4436 x3010

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Alli Watson, Community School Coordinator at Hamilton Middle school, has also worked at the Children's Advocacy Center as a therapist. Alli loves connecting with students and families! Hikes with my son and husband make her happy!


 

Bri Blanksma

Allendale Public Schools

Evergreen Elementary

McKinney - Vento Liaison / Asst. Community School Coordinator 

(616)892-3458 | F: (616)-895-9191

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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.  She loves helping others! Children, animals and reading make Bri happy these days.


 

Caity DeBoard

Holland Public Schools

Jefferson Elementary 

Community School Coordinator

616-494-2384 | F: 616-393-7569

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Caity DeBoard has also worked at a counseling agency for three years. Caity had several roles there including case management for counseling clients, interpreting counseling sessions, and working in the front office.What she loves about her job is that every day is different. Working as a coordinator is never boring! Every day she am blown away by the support that our community has for Jefferson students and families. Caity  loves that she can be a support for students in so many ways. Something that makes her really happy these days is playing Pokemon Go! with her 7yr old nephew! It's a little silly, but they have the best time doing it!


 

Casey VanAntwerpen

Coopersville Public Schools

East Elementary and West Early Childhood Center

Community School Coordinator

(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.  Something she loves about her job is Impacting my own community.  These days, watching her 3 kids grow is making her happy.


 

 

Jenna Walbeck

Hamilton Community Schools

Hamilton Elementary

Community School Coordinator

Email Jenna

269-751-5413 x4009 F: 269-751-7554

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JennaWalbeck  has also worked as a Clinical specialist at Neurocore Brain Performance Center delivering biofeedback and neurofeedback treatment and as a Therapist at the Children’s Advocacy Center.  Jenna likes being able to think creatively and work collaboratively with various individuals and organizations to offer support to our students, families and staff. 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)-892-3470 x4120 | F: (616)-895-9191

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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).  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. 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.  She loves being in school with kids, working with teachers, and helping children and families with whatever they need. Lana loves cooking shows and playing the piano!


 

Lauren DeRoo

Holland Public Schools

Holland Middle School

Community School Coordinator

Email Lauren

(616)494-2425x2471 

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Lauren DeRoo brings with her experience from working as a Children's Trauma Therapist.  Lauren loves getting to work with her community and fun students every day.  She's happy playing at the pool with her baby.


 

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.  Sara loves her job! As an OCSN Coordinator she gets so many 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 is so rewarding for her.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. Her family and she love spending time near water! Take her to a beach or pool and she can instantly feel re-centered.