Staff Directory

Home Screening Project Moves Forward

Thanks to support from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund and the generosity of Mike and Susan Jandernoa, the Healthy Homes Coalition is busy working with our partners at Well Design to build an online home screening application.

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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Alex was a volunteer with the Healthy Homes Coalition for four years before moving into the Community Organizer position. Before this role, Alex spent more than a decade working in healthcare, which included clinical work as well as process improvement initiatives and program development.

Alex’s work with healthy housing initiatives began five years ago with disaster response work repairing homes damaged by flooding in Detroit. She has also done lead education at community clinics in Flint, MI and was a team lead doing muck and guts after the Tax Day Floods in Rosenberg, TX. Alex is also an educator at Fountain Street Church for middle and high school age groups.

In her spare time, Alex can be found combing used book stores, wandering in the woods, or playing board games with her son, Finn. Alex implores you to "vote in your local elections!"

Healthy Housing Specialist

Lisa McKinney

Lisa McKinney has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University and a Master’s from Western Michigan University, majoring in Counselor Education/School Counseling. Lisa is also a Licensed Professional Counselor. Prior to working for Healthy Homes Coalition, Lisa worked in resource and fund development with organizations such as the American Red Cross and United Way. More recently she provided mental health counseling and case management services to children and families in West Michigan.

Lisa enjoys gatherings with family and friends, thrift store shopping, gardening, summer festivals, and attending worship service at church. 

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 2016.

Development Manager & Administration

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.