About Us

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Our Mission and Values

We believe greatness exists in every child.

Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo (CIS) fuels personal potential so that all students can take charge of their story and define their success for life. We see potential coursing through every child, a promise waiting to be realized. So we go where they need us—understanding their needs and listening to their dreams from the inside-out and the outside-in.

And in every step we take together, we help them find the strength and confidence to look within and see what we see—a bright future that’s theirs for the taking. Community by community, school by school, child by child—we are all in this together.

Our Staff

Meet some of the people behind the mission

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James Devers

Executive Director

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Kimberly Nemire

Senior Director of Development

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Artrella Cohn

Senior Director of Community Engagement and Student Investment

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Tamiko Garrett, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Site Services

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John A. Oliver, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Quality and Evaluation

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Debra Newsome

Senior Director of Finance, HR and Administration

Our board

Our board members

Rex L. Bell

President, Miller-Davis Company

Don Cooney

Kalamazoo City Commissioner; Director Emeritus

James Curry

Vice President, Assistant Director of Wealth Management, Greenleaf Trust

Judy D’Arcangelis

Retired, Director of Elementary Education, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Stephen Denenfeld

Partner, Lewis, Reed & Allen, P.C.

James Devers

Executive Director, Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo

Randall W. Eberts

Senior Researcher, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Susan Einspahr

Partner Emeritus, Kingscott Associates, Inc.

Pamela C. Enslen

Partner, Warner, Norcross + Judd, LLP

TiAnna Harrison

Trustee, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Diana Hernandez

Director, Multicultural Affairs for Students, Western Michigan University

Jyllian Liggins

Community Member

Timothy Light, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University

David A. Maurer

President and Chief Financial Officer, Humphrey Products

Candy McCorkle, Ph.D

Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Western Michigan University

Tony McDonnell

Retired, Borgess Foundation

Terry Morrow

Vice President of Development, Bronson Healthcare Group

Scott Nykaza, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Kalsec Inc.

Doug Phillips

Business Development Manager, Walbridge

Steve Powell

Senior Vice President, PNC Bank

Dominic Pullo

Senior Scientist, Zoetis Veterinary Medicine Research and Development

Dr. Rita Raichoudhuri

Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools

James Ritsema

Kalamazoo City Manager; Ex-Officio

Namita Sharma

CIS Board President Attorney at Law, Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C.

Patti Sholler-Barber

Trustee, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Margie Simmons

Chief Executive Officer, Landscape Forms, Inc.

Joshua Sledge

Senior Director, Center for Financial Services Innovation

Linnaea Thomas

Community Member

Darren M. Timmeney

Market Manager and Community President, Chase

Sheri Welsh

President and CEO, Welsh & Associates, Inc.

Sara Williams

Vice President, Financial Center Manager III, Fifth Third Bank

Eric Wimbley

Chief Executive Officer, Pretty Lake Camp

CIS Kalamazoo annual report

Thanks to the support of our community, friends, partners, donors, and volunteers, we are committed to the future of every Kalamazoo student.

Read more about what we’ve accomplished together in our recent annual reports.

Join our team

Interested in a career with CIS Kalamazoo? We’re always excited to meet people who are passionate about student success.

Get in touch

Interested in learning more about CIS Kalamazoo? We’d love to connect.