Staff

Executive Director/Founder

Since 2001, Lenear has been passionate about serving his community in the area of economic empowerment. In 2019, he launched Project GREEN to live out this vision with like-minded individuals, churches, and community organizations in Kent County and the state of Michigan.

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Advocacy Director

Stephanie has a longstanding devotion to community service. She joined Project GREEN in November 2016 as a GFA and became our Advocacy Director in September 2019. She is also passionate about facilitating fair housing for all in Greater Grand Rapids communities.

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Financial Capabilities Director

After over 25 years as a consumer products brand marketing/product development executive and business growth consultant, Bobbie Locke made the life-changing decision to go from “making a profit” to “making a difference,” and launched a new career in the nonprofit sector.

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Grassroots Financial Advocates (GFAs)

Grassroots Financial Advocates (GFAs) join Project GREEN from the local community. As members of our Advocacy team, they each work to bridge a gap or tear down a wall that keeps low to moderate-income households in Kent County from reaching their financial goals. Meet our GFA team:

As a Project GREEN GFA, Crystal is focused on breaking the cycle of homelessness and making housing opportunities equitable for all through the eradication of rental application fees.

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Brandon’s advocacy project is working with Friend of the Court representatives to help non-custodial parents build excellent credit by getting their on-time child support payments reported to the three major credit bureaus.

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Art’s advocacy project focuses on introducing Financial Literacy classes into the public school system as an educational requirement.

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Jerlean’s ongoing project is to raise awareness about predatory lending by helping people who have suffered from payday loan debt traps share their stories.

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Board

Chris is an adjunct faculty member for Ferris State University, focusing on social work and social policy. He is also the Founder and CEO of NPS Consulting. He brings to Project GREEN many years of experience stemming from leadership positions in the areas of human services and community/economic development.

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Vice Chair

Shellida serves as a Corporate Benefits Consultant for SpartanNash. A devoted advocate of thriving communities, she started volunteering for Project GREEN in 2017 as a Grassroots Financial Advocate (GFA) and conducted the organization’s first Money Talk Workshop.

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Treasurer

Attah is CEO of iNFable, an emerging social justice brand bringing awareness to causes through their popular line of socks. He is also Director of Dream Fulfillment at SpringGR, empowering underserved entrepreneurs to build strong, sustainable businesses.

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Board Member

Milinda is CEO of GROW, a Community Development Financial Institution and microlender that offers loans to existing and aspiring business owners who lack access to traditional financing. Milinda co-founded the Latina Network of West Michigan, and is the elected Commissioner for the City of Grand Rapids 2nd Ward.

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Board Member

After serving the people of Michigan at the Department of Corrections for 41 years, the new chapter for Willie is pursuing his passion for helping others achieve financial success. He is now helping community members thrive as a financial counselor for New Hope Baptist Church.

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Board Member

Shannon Cohen is the Founder and CEO of Shannon Cohen, Inc., author, and consultant specializing in developing customized emotional intelligence, equity, and wellness colloquy for diverse organizations across multiple industries.

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