Board President, Program
Board President, Program Committee
Leatrice, a Program Manager with Disability Network Southwest Michigan, started volunteering with First Day Shoe Fund during the summer of 2017 as a committee member because she felt a true connection to the mission and vision of the organization. In her professional role, Leatrice is able to assist the agency in furthering its mission of educating and connecting people with disabilities to resources while advocating for social change. She likes that she can bring that same perspective to work on the Board of First Day Shoe Fund.
“When I’m not working or volunteering for several different nonprofit agencies in the area, I love spending time with my family. I have two children who attend Kalamazoo Public Schools. Destiny and Aaron truly motivate me to do my best in all that I do. It is my goal in life to advocate for, and be a positive representation of all of the marginalized groups I am a part of.”
Viccarly joined FDSF in March 2021. She moved to Michigan 4 years ago, and lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and two sons. Viccarly has worked in Corporate Finance most of her career. She currently works for Accenture.
Viccarly loves spending time with her family, building Lego structures with her kids and taking small weekend trips to new places around Michigan. She enjoys a good DIY project and loves hosting and cooking a big family dinner, whatever the occasion.
Before moving to Michigan, Viccarly volunteered for Junior Achievement of Milwaukee. For eight consecutive years she coordinated JA-In-a-day for 30+ volunteers including Finance Executives at her prior company in Milwaukee.
Her love for her children and belief in creating opportunities for kids’ wellness motivated her to join the FDSF family.
Board Member, HR Committee Chair
Surangi joined the board in February 2021. Surangi lives in Kalamazoo, MI, with her husband, son and Goldendoodle. She is originally from Sri Lanka and has been in Michigan for over half of her life. She has many years of professional HR experience and currently works at Stryker Corporation. She has a bachelors’ and master’s (MBA) degrees from Western Michigan University with the focus in HR and business management. She is a certified SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), a 360 coach, certified HR consultant, and a Gallup Strengths Performance Coach. Surangi loves spending time with her family and friends, travelling globally, and exploring various cultures and cuisine.
Surangi is very passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion and has had been involved in related programming and activities at Stryker as well as in the community. She has also been a part of Boy Scouts of America as a Den Leader for the past 5 years and has a strong focus on youth development. These are a few of the main reasons that triggered an interest for Surangi to join the FDSF.
“As a mother and an advocate for children, I strongly believe that each child should have the opportunity to attend school in equal footing. I’m a firm believer in diversity, equity, and inclusion. FDSF serves diverse groups of students and beautifully adds to and strengthens equity and inclusion. It’s my privilege to volunteer my time as a board member and HR Committee Chair for the FDSF.”
Board Vice President, Fund Development Committee Chair
Doug is a scientist and project team leader at Zoetis and has been on the First Day Shoe Fund Board since 2017. When not volunteering for First Day Shoe Fund, he enjoys home improvement projects, traveling, going to the movies, being outdoors and chasing after his pets. He's also a part-time fitness instructor who resides in the Winchell neighborhood with his partner, Zac, and their three dogs, Duncan, Ketchup and Ruby.
"I volunteer with First Day Shoe Fund because I believe it is important to give back to the community. While volunteering at my first shoe distribution, I felt overwhelmed by the emotions of volunteers and kids alike. I observed that when kids receive their new shoes, they become more enthusiastic, talkative, and most importantly, more child-like. To me, this was very eye-opening; being part of it firsthand brings home the impact of basic need fulfillment. I’m proud to be part of this incredible organization that positively affects the lives of so many within Kalamazoo County."
Board Member, Fund Development Committee
Lynn is currently the Community Education Leader for Kalamazoo Public Schools and has worked tirelessly to support the mission of the school district for over two decades. Just recently, in 2021, she began to serve as a volunteer board member for First Day Shoe Fund, but has witnessed their great work for many years. Lynn has lived in the Kalamazoo community for over 30 years and is very active in our community. In addition to her professional responsibilities and community service, Lynn spends her remaining free time running, bicycling, and sewing. Lynn is the very proud mom of two sons who are graduates of KPS and are Kalamazoo Promise recipients.
"I volunteer with First Day Shoe Fund because I know how important it is for each and every student to start the school year feeling good about him/herself. Having something new, just like everyone else does at the beginning of the year, builds self-confidence and that ‘can do’ grit. Each child deserves that special feeling of having a new pair of sneakers to wear to school, to participate in gym class, and to put on and feel like she/he can get excited about the many other fun things there are to do in school."
Board Member, Fund Development Chair
Liz currently works for the Bronson Health Foundation as Executive Director and recently served six years on the Board of Directors for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council. Liz completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Western Michigan University. She lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Jacob, two children, Stella and Sebastian, and their dog Betty.
Liz has a passion when it comes to educational equity and ensuring basic needs are met to support a learning environment. “As someone who has previously volunteered at First Day Shoe Fund distributions, I have seen the excitement in kids’ faces when they get their new shoes. It is amazing to see and, as a KPS parent, I’m grateful to join the board and help play a small role in sustaining this important effort.”
Secretary, PR/Marketing Chair
Board Secretary, PR/Marketing Committee Chair
Christa is an active mom of three, wife of a Tiny House Building Entrepreneur, and Personal & Executive Coach. They love spending time outside as a family, and Christa loves serving her clients and customers for enriching and engaging experiences.
"I volunteer with the FDSF because I believe that each human is only limited in their abilities by their confidence and beliefs in themselves. By serving our younger population to build confidence, to have ‘equal footing’ to others, is a critical step in their development as I think about their personal growth and how one day, they will be contributing members of our community."
Board Member, HR Committee
Jason, who lives in Kalamazoo with his wife Ryanne and their three children, joins the First Day Shoe Fund Board of Directors in March of 2020. His work in Operations Management at Stryker, as well as his experience on the Board of Directors of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes will provide a new perspective to the Board.
Jason chose to serve on the FDSF Board after learning about the impact on the community. He is passionate about equity and helping others, especially children and believes that new athletic shoes bring confidence and support an active lifestyle.
"The greatness of a person is not is not how much wealth they acquire, but in their integrity and their ability to affect those around them positively”-Bob Marley
Board Member, Finance Committee
Born and raised in this area, Tim is proud to call Kalamazoo home! He is a graduate of Plainwell High School and stayed close enrolling at Western Michigan University. In 2004, he graduated from WMU with a Sales & Marketing Degree. Shortly there after, he joined Greenleaf Hospitality as a Sales Manager and has worked hard over the 15 years to grow into his current position as CEO. When not involved with Greenleaf businesses, he loves to spend time with family, coach one of his kids in their sports or he can be found on the golf course!
"Volunteering in our community is very important to me, whether that's with Discover Kalamazoo Board of Directors, the time I've spent with the Kalamazoo Marathon, or with the many initiatives we've launched at Greenleaf. I'm excited to be involved with First Day Shoe Fund as I believe their mission to be so powerful for our youth."
Treasurer, Finance Chair
Board Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Allison is currently a Senior Wealth Management Advisor at Greenleaf Trust. Originally from the east side of the state, Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on corporate finance from Central Michigan University. Allison is a CERTIFIED WEALTH STRATEGIST® practitioner as well as a CERTIFIED COLLEGE PLANNING SPECIALIST®. Allison joined the board in 2017, hoping to make an impact in an area which she shares a strong passion – underprivileged children in our community. When not working or helping with the FDSF, Allison enjoys spending time with her three children and watching them compete in numerous sporting events, and cheering on Michigan football! Go Blue!
Board Member, Program Committee Chair
Stacy is a part of the Kalamazoo Youth Development Network team as an Out-of-School Time Program Development Coach. Previously, she was employed by Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo. Stacy loves to be involved in the community as the Immediate Past Board President for Open Doors of Kalamazoo, Board Member for Girls on The Run Kalamazoo, Treasurer and Youth Ministry leader for Bible Baptist Church and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
"I chose to serve on the FDSF board because of these two words from the mission, "equal footing". Those words provide a world of context for those who may wonder why a pair of shoes is so valuable. I've also been able to experience youth receiving a new pair of shoes and the impact that has on self awareness and confidence. I'm happy to bring my experiences into service with FDSF."
Maggie has been living in Portage with her husband, Ian, and their two sons since they moved here from the UK 10 years ago. Originally a middle-school Math teacher and, most recently the
Curriculum Director at a Pre-K through 8 th grade school, Maggie has a passion for educational equity and
loves to see children succeed. Maggie has volunteered with many local Kalamazoo non-profits and continues to serve on the board of the Junior League of Kalamazoo. Maggie has been working at FDSF
for the past 2 years as the Program Coordinator and has gained extensive experience of the distribution process and has developed close working relationships with the Kalamazoo County School coordinators.
When not working at FDSF, Maggie likes to travel with her family, volunteer with other local organizations and watch her sons play sports including archery, soccer and ski racing.
“Seeing children’s faces light up when they see their new shoes is an amazing feeling and I am thrilled to
be a part of this organization.”
Board Member, HR Committee
Lynn Kelly-Albertson has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Volunteer Center and Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative as well as volunteered for many local nonprofits. Lynn retired in 2019 as the Executive Director of Career and Student Employment at Western Michigan University. Since retirement she has started a small business, Kibble Time Pet Care and is employed part-time with WMed as a standardized patient. Lynn and her husband Jerry live in Kalamazoo and have one dog named Mazzie. Lynn enjoys yoga and traveling to anywhere there is water.