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Founder/Former President

DOUG TJAPKES

Man’s inhumanity to man (and woman) seems to be more pronounced behind bars. My two previous careers were simply preparation for this one, in which I have felt the calling to make “good trouble.”

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President/CEO

MATT TJAPKES

I have been with HFP part time since 2010 and full-time since 2013, taking over as President/CEO/CFO in April of 2019. My goal is to make sure we can provide all our services to as many clients as necessary, and to continue building HFP to ensure we can provide these services as long as they are needed. Every person we serve was someone's baby at some point, and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect no matter the reason for their incarceration.

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Client Services Specialist

SUSIE GREENBAUER

I find joy and meaning in using the empathy I have always had to help others. I believe in our mission in delivering compassion.  We don't know what people were born in to and the shaping that took place for them as a child. We are not here to judge, but to help make the world a little better with kindness.

Volunteer and Triage Manager

MELISSA TJAPKES

Melissa is now working with HFP volunteers to help provide more services free of charge to our clients. In addition, she is our triage expert, making sure all the requests get to the right person!

Client Services Assistant

TED DIMKE

What started out as a desire to volunteer has parlayed itself into life changing passion to help those who feel unheard and assure them that we not only hear them, but genuinely care.

Client Intake Specialist

SARAH EBIDON

As a legal service and criminal justice undergraduate of Grand Valley State University, I am extremely passionate about advocating for those who are unheard and often forgotten. We are all human, therefore we are all deserving of humanity, courtesy, kindness, and compassion. Our work is purposeful, and I have faith in our mission. “Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others?” – Unknown 

Rodney Gulley

Pastor at New Covenant Community Baptist Church

Jessica Christopher

Executive Director, No One Lives Alone

John M. Rottman, Th.D.

Professor of Preaching, Calvin Theological Seminary

Mary Margaret Grillo

Charity and Justice Commission, St. Patrick- St. Anthony Parish

Dave Bardolph

Accountant, Calvin Theological Seminary.

Veena Kulkarni- Rankin, DMA

Lead Instructor, Faber Piano Institute.

HFP Board of Directors

Heather Moore, MA, ACC

Prison Reform/Prisoner Advocacy

Aaron Yore-VanOosterhout, Ph.D.

Research Manager, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, GVSU

Michelle R. Loyd-Paige, Ph.D.

Calvin University 

Russell Bloem

HFP Board Chair, former pharmaceutical executive 

Cindy Anderson

Former HFP Board Chair, Retired Speech Pathologist

Marla Mitchell-Cichon, J.D.

Director of WMU-Cooley Innocence Project