2019-2020 Gifts In Kindness

Thank you to the many individuals, groups, businesses, and other organizations who provided in-kind support to CIS and the students we served last school year, including donations of items to the CIS Kids’ Closet! These are in addition to those who made financial gifts, which can be found in our annual report.

This list recognizes those who gave between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. We make every effort to recognize our donors accurately. If we have omitted you or made a mistake in listing you, we need to know! Please accept our apologies for any oversights and contact us via phone at 269.337.1601 or email Felicia Lemons at flemons@ciskalamazoo.org with the corrected information for future publications.

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Advia Credit Union
Airway Fun Center
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
AT&T
Beacon Specialized Living
Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Renay and Marvin Berkowitz
Missy and John Best
Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo
Melanie Bryce
Cathleen Cagney
Dick and Sandy Callen
Mary Carter
Centerpoint City Church
Laurel Clark
Henry and Betty Cohen
Community Presbyterian Church
Compassionate Care by Design
Coco and Warren Cook
Melissa Coutcher
Liz Cramer
The Curtis Family
Pam Dalitz
Jennifer Davis
Qianna and Douglas Decker
Stephen and Marlene Denenfeld
Emily and Brian Duguay
Edward Jones
Edwards Garment
Stacy Erway
Charles and Melissa Ewing
Deb Faling and Eric, Joseph, and Thomas Barth
First Day Shoe Fund
First United Methodist Church
FLYNN THIEL, P.C.
Deb Fricke
Friendship Village
Sneha Gardner
Linda Gentry Bennett
Christina Gibbs
Dominique Goode
Tracy and Perry Hausman
Honoré Salon
Heather Hudson
The Husain/Dykgraaf Family
IBEW Local 131
Ashley and Josh Iocca
Jaqua Realtors
Kalamazoo Bach Festival
Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kalamazoo Fit Body Boot Camp
Kalamazoo Growlers
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
Kalamazoo Public Library
Kalamazoo Rotaract Club
Denise King
Nancy Klee
Kathy Kobreek
Kushner & Company
Norma Laird
Andrea Lobel
Heather LongJohn
Erika Lubienieck
Maestro
Caroline Martin
Elizabeth and David Mason
Joye and Matthew Mayer
Alli McFinton
Andrea Melvin
Menard’s
Michigan News Agency
Miller Auditorium
Miller Johnson
Kelly Monahan
NALS of Greater Kalamazoo
Ramsey Nichols
Nate Norman
Scott and Janet Nykaza
Old National Bank
Joel J. and Florence U. Orosz
Oshtemo United Methodist Church
Outerwears, Inc.
Paris Cleaners
Parkview Hills Community
Stacy Pauls
Sean Perkins
Monaesha Phillips
Portage Chapel Hill United Methodist Church
Radiant Church
Jennifer and Sean Randall
Kelly Reimink
Rose Street Advisors
Pat Rothi
Tracey and Aaron Ruddock
Bob and Jerri Sabo
Santosha Wellness, LLC
Mary Beth Sarhatt and Jonathan Start
Carrie Schultheiss
Sally Stevens
Camila Stewart
Taray Stratton
Stuart Neighborhood Association
Amanda Therkildsen
Linnaea and John Thomas
Mary-Louise Totton
V & A Bootery
Robert and Catherine Wall Emerson
West Michigan American Payroll Association
Cheri Williams
Nancy Williams
Lori Wingate
WMU Black Student Union
Dawn Wright
Zion Lutheran

2018-19 Gifts of Kindness

Thank you to the many individuals, groups, businesses, and other organizations who provided in-kind support to CIS and the students we served last school year, including donations of items to the CIS Kids’ Closet! These are in addition to those who made financial gifts, which can be found in our 2018-19 annual report.

This list recognizes those who gave between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. We make every effort to recognize our donors accurately. If we have omitted you or made a mistake in listing you, we need to know! Please accept our apologies for any oversights and contact us via phone at 269.337.1601 or email Felicia Lemons at flemons@ciskalamazoo.org with the corrected information for future publications.

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Meggan Akins
Karen Alston
Chonda Armstrong
Jenna Ashworth
BASIC
Marielle Bellow
Missy and John Best
Caitlin Bradley
Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo
Bronson Healthcare Group
Byce & Associates, Inc.
Dick and Sandy Callen
Church of Latter Day Saints
Andy Clark
Coco and Warren Cook
Natalie Cope
Pam Dalitz
Ms. Cindy S. DeYoung
Sharon Ebert
Edward Rose & Sons
Edwards Garment
FACES Skin Care & Massage
First United Methodist Church
Chelsea M. Flickinger
FLYNN THIEL, P.C.
Sneha Gardner
Katherine Gifford
Cynda and Jim Greenman
Cheryl Hamilton
Christy Hamilton
Flor Harris Ward
Heritage Christian Reformed Church
Hiemstra Optical Co
Lindsay Hirshman
Honoré Salon
Jami Howard
Rita Hughes
Hunan Gardens
Sarah and Kyle Dykgraaf
Nate Jagner
Kori Jock &  Zac Brownell
Donna Judd
Junior League of Kalamazoo, Inc.
Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo Public Library
Kalamazoo Rotaract Club
Emily Keegan
Sally Klavinski
Kevin Koch
LifeSpring Church
Lowe’s Community Outreach
Tony and Theresa McDonnell
Menard’s
Miller Johnson
Elena Mireles-Hill
Kelly Monahan
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Catherine Niessink
Maeve Novotny
Robin Novotny
NuWay Thrift Store
Old National Bank
Rhonda Orcanian
Florence Orosz
Oshtemo United Methodist Church
Mary F. Oudsema
Paris Cleaners
Dr. Logeswari Ponnusamy
Portage Senior Center, Needler’s Group
Jennifer and Sean Randall
Meryl Ray
Jennifer A. Rice and Jeff Spoelstra
Ann Rohrbaugh and Brian Kastman
Ross Medical Education Center
Pat Rothi
Andrea Russell
Dawn Ryan
Bob and Jerri Sabo
Mary Beth Sarhatt and Jon Start
Carly Smith
Shelby Spring
Sally Stevens
Taray Stratton
Kelly Tenbrink
The Spirit of Kalamazoo
TowerPinkster
Voyage Church
Anna Warren
Ms. Cheri Williams
Ms. Sara Williams
WMU Lee Honors College
Stephen and Kathleen Wolthuis
Vickie Wooden
Donna Wright
David Young
Zion Lutheran

Introducing New Members of the Communities In Schools of Kalamazoo Board of Directors

This past July, we welcomed five new members onto the Board of Directors. We want to welcome Josh Sledge, Jyllian Liggins, Sheri Welsh, Scott Nykaza, and TiAnna Harrison who share our passion for helping kids succeed. They join more than two dozen other committed individuals who are “all in” for kids.

For a full list of the CIS Board of Directors, visit: https://ciskalamazoo.org/meet-the-board/

Jyllian Liggins, Community Member

Jyllian Liggins is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended Western Michigan University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2001. She later earned her MBA from Spring Arbor University in 2009. Jyllian held several positions at Consumers Energy Company until resigning to stay at home to raise her family.

Jyllian is married to James Liggins, Jr. and they have three beautiful children. Jyllian is passionate about impacting the positive growth and development of youth. She led the children’s ministry at her church for many years. Currently, Jyllian is active in the music ministry at her church, a member of Tendaji, a local women’s philanthropic group, and a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Jyllian also enjoys traveling, running half marathons, trying new pizzerias, and listening to music.

Favorite Children’s Book:  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

 

Dr. Scott Nykaza, Chief Executive Officer at Kalsec®, Inc.

Raised on a small farm in Wisconsin, Dr. Scott Nykaza started school on a track scholarship from the University of Arkansas majoring in Animal Science and Agri Business. He obtained a BS degree in this area, after transferring in his second year to Kansas State University. Dr. Nykaza went on to receive a MS degree in Plant Breeding and Genetics at KSU and later, after working a few years, a PhD in Plant Genetics from Colorado State University.

After getting a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics, he started working at Monsanto on research with GMO crops in various capacities, leaving the organization as a Regional Business Leader for Monsanto. Along the way, Scott earned an MBA from Michigan State University.

Dr. Nykaza came to Kalsec, Inc.® to work in the purchasing area in 1999 and after a few years became Vice President of Procurement. He enjoyed the work and travel that position had to offer and visited over 100 countries throughout the years. After seven years, Scott transferred to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing and was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in October 2011. He held that position until 2013 when he became the Chief Executive Officer of Kalsec, Inc.®.

Scott’s family includes his wife Janet and daughters Emily and Madeline. They enjoy visiting them during the vacation time. Emily lives in New Orleans with her husband and two children and Madeline lives in Washington DC. Janet and Scott have participated in many charitable activities over the years and feel motivated to help support others less fortunate and in need of help.

Favorite Children’s Book:  Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

 

Josh Sledge, Senior Director, Programs at Financial Health Network

As a Senior Director on the Financial Health Network’s Program team, Josh supports innovative financial services providers working on solutions to improve consumer financial health. His work includes managing relationships with Network member organizations, conducting consumer and industry research, advising companies on strategy and product design, and leading initiatives designed to foster new financial health solutions. Among other topics, he has particular expertise on the small-dollar credit industry and nonprofit innovation. Before joining the Financial Health Network, Josh was a Senior Investment Analyst at Prudential Capital Group, an investment division of Prudential Financial. Josh earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  He’s a Kalamazoo native and a proud graduate of Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Favorite Children’s Book: The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

 

Sheri Welsh, President & CEO of Welsh & Associates, Inc.

Sheri holds a BS in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

Sheri is a graduate of Leadership Kalamazoo and a Past Board Chair of the Leadership Kalamazoo Advisory Council, YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo, American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women, and the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Small Business Association of Michigan and Kalamazoo County Ready 4’s. She lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Richard and spunky Welsh Corgi, Jack. Sheri and Richard have two children who are graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools and Promise Scholars.

Favorite Children’s Book:  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 

*Not pictured, TiAnna Harrison is a new addition to the CIS Board of Directors representing Kalamazoo Public Schools as the Board of Education Treasurer.