Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.
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.
Diversity, equity and inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion means different things to different people. At CIS of Kalamazoo, we embrace this work. It’s embedded in our very mission—that all children have an equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed no matter what cultural, economic, or societal barriers stand in their way.
This work is ongoing and it takes all of us working together to create a more equitable world for our children. This collective work means we must identify and dismantle the systematic and structural barriers and create systems that increase educational opportunities, enhance student outcomes, and nurture an environment where all students feel safe and connected.
Diversity means...the similarities and differences among people, not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and religion. A person is not diverse—they are a unique, individual unit. Diversity is about a collective or a group and can only exist in relationship to others.
Equity means...recognizing people have different access to resources because of systems of oppression and privilege. Equity requires us to acknowledge the root cause of those disparities and work to make sure everyone has access to the same opportunities.
Inclusion means...celebrating and lifting up voices that have been marginalized and/or disadvantaged.
Director of Development
Senior Director of Community Engagement and Student Investment
Tamiko Garret, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Site Services
John A. Oliver, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Quality and Evaluation
Senior Director of Finance, HR and Administration
| 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 |
| 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 |
| 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.
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