Staff Directory

Making the Invisible Visible

What the Eyes Don't See is the title of Flint heroine Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book about the Flint water crisis. It’s an appropriate title for a book where behind the scenes dealing resulted in thousands of children ingesting lead through their drinking water. However, it's also an accurate statement when it comes to children being poisoned by lead in communities like Grand Rapids that have long had safe drinking water.

We need to be able to see lead. The technology to measure lead in the environment has existed for decades.  This technology needs to be used to stop kids from hurting. Learn five specific ways to make invisible lead hazards visible.

 


Executive Director

Paul Haan

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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 Specialist

Hugo Claudin

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Hugo Claudin is a native of Guadalajara, Mexico (bilingual/bicultural). He  moved to Grand Rapids to study Fine Arts in 1980. He was a bookseller at Schuller Books and later focused more on outreach opportunities, first working for Spectrum Health Programa Puente as a CHW,  LINC Community Revitalization, where he did outreach in education and later ran the 341 Gallery, was an HIV Early Intervention Specialist at Grand Rapids Red Project, and is currently a Healthy Housinfg Specialist for the Healthy Homes Coalition. Hugo runs an art loft in downtown Grand Rapids and is involved locally the arts.

Community Connections Coordinator

Jackie Hernandez

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Jackie is originally from South Texas. She moved to Michigan in 1990 with her family and settled in Grand Rapids in 1991. She graduated from Central High School. Jackie found her calling later in life through outreach work she did with the Comstock Park Rotary club. She found that her passion is helping others through community engagement and activism and personifying the Comstock Park Rotary club motto of "service above self."  She is active and involved in her community and believes that everyone can create change by just doing "something." She is the second Latina to serve as a trustee on the Godfrey-Lee Public Schools Board of Education, President of the Godfrey-Lee PTO, and she is a board member for the Restorative Justice Coalition. She also gives her time to different mentoring programs. She is the proud mother of five amazing boys and loves to read, go to the beach, and hang out with friends and family.

Community Organizer

Alex Markham

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Coming soon!

Healthy Housing Program Manager

Jennifer Spiller

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Jennifer is the Direct Services Program Manager at Healthy Homes. Jenn was born in Detroit and raised in Grand Rapids, graduating from Grand Valley State University in 2011 where she studied Pre-Medical Sciences and Women and Gender Studies. She is now a Bloomberg Fellow working on her Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Jenn's passion for environmental justice has been lived out in many ways, including her support and presence at Standing Rock in freezing temperatures during the winter of 2017.

Administrative Assistant

MJ Truini

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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.