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