Staff

Joe Whalen, Executive Director

Joe has served as Executive Director of 70×7 Muskegon, and it’s founding group since 2013.  He is a fourth-generation business owner, a Muskegon native, as well as an ordained minister with a decade of pastoral experience. He has spent the last five years engaging leaders in government, social service, business, the community and the church; seeking to bring these sectors together to best serve those in reentry and recovery. Joe is relentless with finding best practices nationwide to empower men and women out of poverty, crime, and addiction, then equipping them to help the next person; raising up leaders who have “been there, done that.”

Nate Johnson, Reentry Director

Nate was raised in the Nelson Neighborhood and as a teen, was among the most ‘successful’ crack cocaine dealers in Muskegon. He was arrested at 19, received a lengthy prison term, but made life-altering good choices while serving that sentence. He has successfully re-entered the Muskegon community and now helps to develop intentional collaboratives of like-minded individuals with similar backgrounds to be mentors and models to newly released inmates.

Davine Calkins, Employment Readiness Coordinator

Davine is a lifelong Muskegon resident. Her vision for others realizing their purpose is what has put her in many roles within the church and community, leading both students and families to be equipped and released to be that change they want to see.

Davine has taken the collaborative leadership with community and national organization partners to produce 70×7 Muskegon’s job and life skills training materials, R.E.N.E.W. (Restore.Equip.Navigate.Empower.Work).

Kimberly Lowe

Kimberly Lowe, Communications Director

Kimberly has joined the team as Communications Director after several years on the Board of Directors.   Equipping others with job and life skills and fostering opportunities to succeed and thrive are at the heart of her life’s mission.   Spending the first 20 years in executive leadership roles in a traditional business setting, God was preparing and equipping her for a role to more directly impact His Kingdom.   Kimberly loves people, and her role as Communications Director perfectly aligns her heart for all people with her business, and marketing background.  In addition to her role at 70×7 Muskegon Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor of Marketing, active with her church, and mother of two teen-aged boys.

Laurie Chartrand, Finance Director

Laurie has moved from heading the board finance team to directing the financial accountability practices for 70×7 Muskegon reentry and recovery programming and the developing Fresh Coast Industries, L3C social benefit business enterprises. As a lifetime Muskegon resident and a former practicing CPA, Laurie has the financial and business expertise and community knowledge that is invaluable to all we do.

Jennifer Juhasz, Communications Coordinator

Jennifer has joined 70×7 Muskegon as part of the communications team.  Jennifer has a life-long commitment to the dignity and humane treatment of all, with a key focus on prisoners and those trapped in poverty.  Her early interest in serving others led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in Corrections and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  Jennifer continues to live out her conviction to serve others as Jesus did.  She has extensive experience in all areas of offender population services, including spearheading a work-release program and leading commutation seminars.  [Commutation is the process of requesting release for those sentenced to life, generally for end-of-life or medical reasons.] She has also been a West Michigan small business owner and remains active in several Lakeshore civic organizations.

Jennifer’s understanding of our participants, as well as our donors, the business community, and our church partners makes her a great addition to our staff.

Terry Johnson, Recovery Specialist

Terry comes to 70×7 as our first Recovery Coach. He brings extensive experience working with individuals with addictions. When Terry first heard about 70×7, he was inspired by the idea of a Christian based reentry and recovery program for returning citizens; he has a special empathy for the people he serves, as a returned citizen himself. Additionally, he believes in the power of the mentoring component offered of 70×7.

Originally from Detroit, Terry worked as a paralegal, Sobriety Coach, and as a group/individual counselor there before moving to West Michigan. He says there is always hope, and stereotypes don’t have to define you. Other returning citizens can change to build an amazing future, just as he has. “Be the change you want to see” is Terry’s life motto and why he’s excited to be a part of 70×7 as we provide a “fortified front” to create change in the community.

Board of Directors

Chip Hackney, Board Chair

Chip serves as Program Manager for Prison Fellowship, serving at the Muskegon Correctional Facility. As the Program Manager of the Prison Fellowship Academy Chip brings that “in-prison” connection to our efforts at helping men with reentry. His 17 years of local church pastoral experience combined with 15 years in the business world gives him a well-rounded perspective to addressing the challenges of an organization like 70×7.

Jennifer Schepler-VanSlooten, Vice Chair

Jenn is passionate about serving inside Muskegon Correctional as a facilitator under the Prison Fellowship Academy. As a facilitator in prison she uses her love of learning, personal development and Jesus to connect with her students and shine the Light of Christ into the darkness. Partnering with other leaders in her community through 70 x 7 Muskegon was a natural next step.

Jenn also has extensive experience in the residential construction industry working both in the field and as the Business Manager-Controller for a local developer and builder of residential homes. Additionally, she serves on the local board at her church in Spring Lake and enjoys getting people involved in prison ministry, beautiful lotions, and a safe place to call home for every returning citizen.

Ronald Mann, Treasurer

As VP of Commercial Lending at Community Shores Bank, Ron’s experienced financial knowledge adds to a strong 70×7 financial team. He also serves as an accountant for two major nonprofit, faith-based Muskegon organizations. He is on the board and finance committee for The Tri Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, current president for Tri-Cities Area Kiwanis and a finance committee member for Bridge Bible Church. Ron also serves as board member for the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven Leadership Connect program.

Dan Enck

Enck brings a high level of experience and expertise to a broad range of project management issues. Dan manages capital improvement projects for Consumers Energy, applying his organization skills to break down complex situations into manageable solutions. His community engagement includes cooking Saturday morning breakfast at a Muskegon ministry to neighbors with need. Additionally, he mentors middle schools boys and older teens, helping them develop thought and action patterns of good choices.

Chris Kuhn

Chris is Vice President of Commercial Lending at Community Shores Bank. He has extensive experience in banking, all in the Muskegon area. His role is to provide financing and banking services to many Muskegon and West Michigan industries. Chris actively serves a local organization for Muskegon’s disabled.

Marilyn Petrowski, Serving Together Coordinator

Having been born and raised in Muskegon, Marilyn has a passion for making a difference in the lives of those in need of a fresh start. This passion is being fulfilled with her involvement in Serving Together a vital component of 70×7 Life Recovery Muskegon, where she is developing and serving meals to support the participants as they fulfill the requirements for their successful re-entry into the Muskegon community.

Christopher D. Sandford

Christopher is a native of Muskegon and serves as the senior pastor of The Ambassadors Church in Muskegon MI and the founder of Fatherhood Foundations; a program that helps teach young fathers valuable parenting skills. He also served in the United States Coast Guard and attended Grand Valley State University.

Chris is actively involved in several community activities and initiatives and is a strong believer and supporter for strengthening families; He and his wife Lisa have been married for 31 years and have two married adult sons and one finishing his last year of college. Chris and Lisa are also blessed with seven grandchildren.

Advisory Board

Char Boertman

Dr. Bob Bulten

Brian Calkins

Ann Dawson

Sara Johnson

Erin Kuhn

Tim Kuyt

Ross Pope

Tom Powers

Kristi Whalen