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Our Staff

Susan Erspamer, Executive Director

Susan Erspamer is a Michigan native with 21 years of executive experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Before joining Affirmations, she 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.

 

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 unforseen 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.

 

Lydia Ahlum Hanson,  Director of Programs

 

Lydia Ahlum Hanson began working at Affirmations in March 2013 as the Health & Wellness Manager and has developed the agency's professional training and development initiatives, counseling services and community-based coalitions to address LGBTQ health disparities. Lydia is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work programs with a focus in sexuality and gender-related health disparities and community organizing.  Originally from rural Maryland, Lydia moved to Michigan in 2007 and currently lives on a beautiful block in Southwest Detroit complete with chickens, fruit trees, and intentional community.  

 

   Becca Budde, Program Manager

 

Kelsey Hug, Community Resource Manager  

Lilianna Reyes, Youth Program Manager 

 

Tevin Giles, Youth Program Coordinator

 

 

 

 Shelly McCallister, Counseling Program Supervisor

 

 

Volunteer Spotlight

"I WANTED TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE SAME THINGS THAT I DID WHEN I CAME OUT."
2015
 
I came out alone and it was rough so I wanted to make sure no one else was alone.  I'm a big advocate for LGBTQ rights.  Watching this organization grow from a blueprint to what it is today has been amazing.
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Partner Spotlight

THANK YOU, MERCEDES-BENZ FINANCIAL SERVICES

2015

One of the leading finacial services providers in the country helps bring career development skills to 15 underserved youth with generous support of the Affirmations Youth Workforce Development Program.
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