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Hanna Schulze

Hanna Schulze | President

Hanna has been with Local First since 2013. Her commitment to supporting local businesses and those that demonstrate responsible practices is apparent in every decision she makes, from the local bank where her mortgage is held to the fitness studio she attends several days a week. Hanna is passionate about advocating for her neighborhood and sits on both the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association board and the South Division/Grandville Ave. corridor improvement authority. She loves to travel to new places and experience the dishes they’re known for – the spicier the better! In the summer, she prefers long hikes and backpacking trips to sitting in the office, but she is always happy to serve her Local First and Good For Michigan businesses.

When not at Local First, you might find Hanna at: Life Addict Studio, Rising Grinds Café, or walking her dogs, Popsicle and Walnut, around the Garfield Park neighborhood

Mieke Stoub

Mieke Stoub | Marketing Manager

Mieke is a writer, designer, and proud Michigander. After a 9-year stint in the skincare industry, she launched her second career at her alma mater, Grand Valley State University, during which she built a passion for story-telling and community building. She is inspired by the ways local businesses in West Michigan collaborate and loves to brag about the cool things that are happening around town. Mieke enjoys hiking, biking, dancing, cooking, laughing and doing almost anything if it's outdoors on a warm sunny day, but has also been known to ride her motorcycle on a drizzly 45-degree afternoon.

When not at Local First, you might find Mieke at: The Cheese Lady, Fulton Street Farmers Market, Rebel, or Rock Paper Scissors.

Alice Jasper

Alice Jasper | Good For Michigan Program Manager

Community advocate, nature lover and science fiction enthusiast, Alice Jasper hails from Brooklyn, New York. Pursuing a somewhat dramatic change of scenery, Alice moved to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where she attended Northern Michigan University and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English. Following graduation, Alice moved to Grand Rapids and put down roots. She began her career with the Grand Rapids YMCA and the Gilmore Collection where she led these organizations to foster social and environmental advocacy and implement programs based on a triple bottom line framework. Based on her understanding that community engagement is critical to a successful model of sustainability, Alice began working for the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance in 2017 where she facilitated workshops and developed and implemented programs and consulting strategies designed to dismantle barriers to social equity in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors of local economies. As a professional innovator in program and policy development, Alice has applied her knowledge of the triple bottom line to mobilize communities to move beyond conversations about social and environmental advocacy and take action that will advance sustainability by way of policy reform and conscious, objective-enhancing consumerism. 

When not at Local First, you might find Alice hiking with her dog Penny-Apple, attending art shows and concerts with friends, playing pinball, punning and watching sci-fi movies with her cat, Dayze. 

Katherine Jandernoa

Katherine Jandernoa | Local First Program Manager

Katherine comes to West Michigan from the East Coast and brings over a decade of experience in local food systems and sustainability. Prior to joining Local First, Katherine was the co-founder, program director and development director of Food Connects in Vermont, a nonprofit that works to increase access to healthy, locally sourced foods within Vermont’s schools. Jandernoa earned her master’s of arts in sustainable development from the SIT Graduate Institute and her bachelor of arts in international affairs with a concentration in global public health from The George Washington University. Having lived in large urban centers, (Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.), and small rural communities in Massachusetts and Vermont, Katherine loves all that West Michigan has to offer and is thrilled to call Grand Rapids home.

When not at Local First, you may find Katherine at:  the Fulton Street Farmers Market, Rock Paper Scissors, enjoying a date night at one of our many local restaurants, or exploring Meijer Gardens and Wilcox Park with her son.

Kathleen Roark

Kathleen Roark | Membership Coordinator

Kathleen Roark is a graduate of Aquinas College and was born and raised in West Michigan. She enjoys a good book (coffee in hand), food shared around the table, walks around her neighborhood, and baking on Sundays. Kathleen values the close-knit community of businesses that comprise our region and give West Michigan a unique and vibrant culture. She joined the Local First team as a Membership Coordinator in 2017 and brought along with her a background in Business and Communication, as well as, a wide range of nonprofit experience. Connect with Kathleen for Local First Membership details (or if you have a fun new recipe/podcast to recommend)!

When not at Local First, you might find Kathleen at: Ken’s Fruit Market, Madcap Coffee, Baker Book House, or Field & Fire.