Here at Healthy Homes, we have a small, but mighty volunteer force. And, possibly no volunteer is more known around the offices as a go-to helper than Alex Markham. She has been a very regular giver of time, talent, and passion over the past three years, and we are thankful to have her as part of the team.
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 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 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!
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.
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.