Our Staff

Our Staff

Susan Erspamer, Executive Director

A Michigan native with 21 years of executive experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, Susan was the vice president of chapter programs at Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Michigan Chapter, which has a $5 million budget and 65 employees. During her tenure there, she was instrumental in Chapter strategic planning, reorganization, diversification of revenue streams and outcome-based programs that spanned the state, covering 60 counties, 7 regional offices and the Chapter headquarters in Southfield. She also managed grant funding implementation and relationships, established new collaborations, and created a highly productive and team-oriented work environment.

For all media inquiries, please contact Susan.


Katie Koch, Director of Development

Katie Koch comes to Affirmations with over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Before joining Affirmations, she was the Executive Director of Share A Smile, a Michigan-based foundation that assists low-income families facing an unforeseen crisis.  Prior to that, she was the Metro Detroit Division Director for the March of Dimes for 7 years.  Katie is a graduate of Western Michigan University and lives right here in Ferndale.


Lilianna Reyes, Program Services Director

Lilianna Angel Reyes, trans Latina woman, has extensive history working with marginalized populations including people of color, women, LGBTQ communities, HIV positive communities, and most importantly youth and all their intersections. She has worked with many state and national civil rights organizations including Affirmations, Planned Parenthood, National Organization of Women, Transgender Michigan, and NAACP. She is currently a Founding Mother and sitting Board Member for a transformative new non-profit, The Trans Sistas of Color Project (TSCOP). As a graduate of the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School with a Master of Public Administration and her experience of being a transgender, Latina woman has allowed her to utilize personal lessons along with her academic career to create a culture of youth empowerment encouraging diversity in all endeavors. Empowering marginalized people through education and advocacy is her life-long goal.


Angela Sawyers, Finance Director

Becca Budde, Education Manager

Ryan Fowler, Office and Facilities Coordinator

Shelly McCallister, Counseling Program Supervisor

Ian Unger, Youth Program Coordinator

Heather Aymer, Community Resource Coordinator

Kyle Taylor, Development Coordinator


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Partner Spotlight

Thank you Care One, Inc. for your support of our Spring Bash gala. Your help is assisting in keeping our doors open twelve hours a day, six days a week, fifty-two weeks a year! We are beyond appreciative for your commitment.

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