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.

Anonymous
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.

2017-18 Gifts of Kindness Recognition

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 2017-18 annual report.

 

This list recognizes those who gave between July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. 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 Emily Kobza at ekobza@ciskalamazoo.org with the corrected information for future publications.

8th District Court
Karen Alston
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Members, Employees, and Caring Committee of Arbor Financial Credit Union
Staff of BASIC
Borgess Professional Nurse Council
Jen Boyer
Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo
Bronson Health Foundation
Bronson Methodist Hospital Cardiology Floor & Float Pool
Bronson Respiratory Department
Janice Brown and Ed Birch
Yolanda Browning
Caitlin Bunker
Vanessa Chastine
John and Jennifer Clark
Ms. Artrella Cohn
James Corzine
Pam Dalitz
Delta Dental of Michigan
Stephen and Marlene Denenfeld
Kate Duffey
Carol Eaton
Edwards Garment
Lena Ellinger & Friends
Millie Ellis
Shona Espinoza
Melissa Ewing
First Day Shoe Fund
First United Methodist Church
Ms. Laura Flegel
Flynn Thiel, P.C
Briana Gilliard
GSHOM Troop #80443
Cynda and James Greenman
Susan L. Harrington
Emily Hoffman
Mr. Shaghil Husain, Sarah Husain & Kyle Dykgraf – in memory of Gulnar Husain
IBEW Local 131
The Integer Group
David W. Jackson
Jaqua Realtors
JCPenney
Donna Judd
Junior League of Kalamazoo, Inc.
Faculty & Staff of Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Staff at Kalamazoo Public Schools Administration Building
Kalamazoo Southside Church of the Nazarene
Bob and Susan Kiser
Marcia Kolinske
James and Diane Koning
Kushner & Company
Lake Michigan Credit Union
David and Amy Lehr
Kelly Leversee
Jennifer Lindsay
Heather LongJohn
Lowe’s Store #1110
Karen Masten-Brier
Tony and Theresa McDonnell
Melissa McPherson
Ms. Nick Metzger
Millennium Restaurant Group
Miller Johnson
Kristen Miller
Milwood Methodist Church Women’s Ministry
Petra Morey
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Myrtle’s Sisters – Unity Church
NALS of Greater Kalamazoo
Debra Newsome – in honor of John Brandon’s birthday
Catherine Niessink
Jack Novotny
Old National Bank
Florence U. Orosz
Oshtemo Area Churches (OAC)
Ann and Don Parfet
Paris Cleaners
Parkview Hills Community
Rosa Ponce
Radiant Church
Leslie Lami-Reed and William Reed
Republic Services
Jennifer A. Rice and Jeff Spoelstra
Pat Rothi
Kathryn Rozich
RX Optical
Bob and Jerri Sabo
Christina Semelbauer
“Helping Hands, Happy People” of RSVP – Your invitation To Volunteer – Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jaswant Singh & Family
Martha Smith
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Sunnyside United Methodist Church
Swan Snack Emporium – TowerPinkster
Thermofisher Scientific
Visions of Victory Church of God – Mittens for Munchkins Ministry
Cameron Weld
West Kalamazoo Christian Church
Cheri Williams
Melissa Wilson
WMU Lee Honors College
Dawn Wright
The Wyatt/Campus Advantage
Zion Lutheran Church
Employees of Zoetis