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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Administrative & Social Media Coordinator

Branden Sumerix has been working with nonprofits to coordinate fundraising efforts since 2012. Since joining Project GREEN in 2021, Branden has implemented a new social media strategy and new software systems to manage data and projects for the organization.

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Board

Rebecca O’Connell is a governmental affairs and policy professional at Lake Trust Credit Union. She has two decades of experience in coordinating policy projects to solve community and private sector problems at the local, state and federal levels of government.

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Shellida serves as a Human Resource Specialist for United Bank of Michigan and has over a 15 year career in HR with various industries.

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Dondreá Brown has been committed to providing financial education since 2013. He first began educating himself, then his family and friends, on the basic principles of money management.

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Tawanna Wright serves as a Staff Attorney for ACSET West Michigan Works!, a regional workforce development agency that serves seven counties in the western Michigan region. She is a Grand Rapids-based attorney with many years of transactional work experience in business matters.

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Board Member

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

Chris is a full-time faculty member in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University. Chris serves as the Grand Rapids Program Director and the MSW (Master of Work) Program Director. 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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