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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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Vice President

HOLLY HONIG-JOSEPHSON

Years ago, I heard Doug speaking about our treatment of folks in prison. He shared a few brief stories. One story was about a woman who died being neglected in solitary confinement,. It touched, outraged, and motivated me to get involved. I began as a volunteer, quit working in the corporate world, went back to school to study punishment and criminalization, and learned how to be s a volunteer, but as an advocate. My own past experiences demand withholding judgment of actions from the past that were born out of choices and circumstances that may have caused harm. I believe in starting with love, in a good fight, and in holding space for everyone's imperfection. All of that, and much more, brought me to this work, and every single day I find a new reason to stay committed to it.

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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.

Client Intake Specialist

MELISSA TJAPKES

Melissa is our triage expert handling all incoming messages

Rodney Gulley

Pastor at New Covenant Community Baptist Church

Judy Vander Ark

Founder/Program Director at MOSES, Inc.

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

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