Staff Directory

Lifting Parent Voices, The COFI Way

Every second Monday of the month at 5pm, the conference room at the Healthy Homes Coalition fills up with parents. They file in, greet each other warmly and find their usual seats.

Over a quick dinner, weekly stories are swapped and pictures are shared as parents catch up. Parents for Healthy Homes meetings are part support group, part advocacy work, part leadership training class, and all parent connection.

The leadership training component is a result of our relationship with Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), a nonprofit organization based out of Chicago which connects parents to one another, helping turn their voices in actionable change.  COFI was created in 1995, with former community organizer Barack Obama as a founding member.


Executive Director

Paul Haan

(616) 241-3300 x301

Paul received his BA from Calvin College in 1987, majoring in Communications and Philosophy. He also has a post-baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education, English minor. Before working in the healthy homes field, Paul was a community organizer in Grand Rapids.  Afterwards, he took a six month sabbatical and walked from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail, and now he relieves his stress in the summer months by tending a 1,000 square foot veggie garden and fly fishing.  Paul was appointed to the State of Michigan's Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board by Governor Snyder in June 2016 and has been recognized for his work with Healthy Homes through the following honors: Christine Nelson Professional Service to Children Award, Family Futures (2013), Special Tribute, Rep. Schmidt and Governor Granholm, State of Michigan (2011), Communicator of the Year, Interchange (2005), and the Governor’s Hometown Health Hero, Michigan Department of Community Health (2004).

Healthy Housing Program Manager

Jennifer Spiller

(616) 241-3300 x303

Jennifer was born in Detroit and raised in Grand Rapids. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011, where she studied Pre-Medical Sciences and Women and Gender Studies. She loves to talk about her study abroad experiences in China, where she was able to climb a rustic, 600-year old section of the Great Wall. She enjoys reading, playing tennis, fishing for bass, and riding her bike with the She Rides Her Own Way campaign.

Healthy Housing Specialist

Hannah Gilliam

(616) 241-3300 x304

Hannah is a Grand Rapids native and previous local business owner of 4 years. She has facilitated, arranged and provided professional assistance at Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Upward Bound and her personal business Wing Kingz Incorporated. Hannah received her Associates degree in general arts and is actively pursuing her Bachelors of psychology and public administration for non-profits. Hannah has a strong sense of devotion towards the safety and genuine care of others. As a wife and a mother of four children, she takes pride in the ethical nature of providing and nurturing environments in which others may thrive. Hannah also enjoys expressing herself through song, art, and dance!

Outreach Coordinator

Candace Chivis

(616) 241-3300 x306

Candace is the Get the Lead Out! Outreach Coordinator at Healthy Homes. Candace received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and will receive her Master of Arts from Western Michigan University in April of 2017. Candace is a single mother to one son, Amiel. In her free time she loves creating new ice cream flavors, writing historical fiction and nonfiction opinion pieces, and speed reading new books. Candace considers herself a lifelong NOLAphile.

Administrative Assistant

MJ Truini

(616) 241-3300 x305

MJ was born and raised in Upstate New York, where she also graduated from the University of Rochester. MJ moved to Grand Rapids 2014 and has enjoyed exploring west Michigan. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes with her dog, Ted and supporting local business and music.

Fire Safety Coordinator

Jose Jimenez

(616) 241-3300 x302

Jose is a nontraditional, Masters seeking student of Urban Planning. He's a lover of fishing and jibaro, or country folk, music. Jose is a wannabe gangster who is really nothing but a cream puff nerd.

Community Organizer

Talor Musil

616-241-3300 ext. 308

Talor graduated from Calvin College in 2016 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Psychology Minor. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna. Outside of work you can find her thrift shopping, taking long walks outside, and enjoying local restaurants with friends.