Staff

Joe Whalen, Executive Director

Joe has been Executive Director of Bridge to Communities, a Christian community development organization launched in Muskegon. In partnership with BtC, Joe is leading the effort to bring an affiliate of 70×7 Life Recovery to Muskegon County.

Nate Johnson, Mentoring 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 Trainer

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.

Scott M Brown, BSM, PA, CRCT – Recovery Services Director

Scott was born and raised in Muskegon. After graduating from Mona Shores High School, he served the community as a fireman and paramedic. He went on to pursue a degree in medicine as a Physician’s Assistant, and worked in surgery, emergency medicine, internal medicine, family practice, and addiction medicine. Due to Scott’s own struggle with addiction, he lost his medical license and served time in prison. He loves the fact that after many years of sobriety he can now use his past life struggles to help others recover and start a new life. He and his wife Shannon have 11 children together and his life centers around raising his children and helping others. They are members of Port City Church.

Board of Directors

Laurie Chartrand

Laurie heads the 70×7 Muskegon finance team. As a lifetime Muskegon resident and a former practicing CPA, she has the expertise and community knowledge that is invaluable accountability for 70×7 Muskegon operations.

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.

Chip Hackney

Chip serves as Field Director for Prison Fellowship, serving prisons and communities in West/Northern Michigan. As a field director with Prison Fellowship 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.

Chris Kuhn, Board Chair

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.

Erin Kuhn

As the Executive Director of West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC), Erin’s focus is promoting and fostering regional development in West Michigan through cooperation among local governments. She brings significant skills and knowledge of broad community development issues, and her regional and community networks are extensive.

Kimberly Lowe

Kimberly Lowe

Kimberly has a rich portfolio of for-profit marketing and management experience, and has recently made nonprofit development at Guiding Light Mission in Grand Rapids her work focus. Highly creative and focused, she has insight and perceptive qualities that apply well to serving Muskegon’s prisoner re-entry population and their families.

Ronald Mann

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.

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.

Pat Tomorsky

Pat is a lifelong resident of Muskegon. Over her 32 years at Mercy Health Partners Pat served as Director of Medical Staff Services, Director of the Medical Library, Coordinator of Postgraduate Education and Director of Continuing Medical Education. Following retirement in 2003, she traveled throughout the country as an independent contractor in Medical Staff Services including policy and bylaw expertise. She has been an active parishioner of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for 46 years. At St. Francis she serves on various committees, is a member of the choir and is a Eucharistic Minister. Pat is excited about serving as a member of the 70×7 Board of Directors.

Karen Woods

Karen Woods

A Muskegon ‘plant,’ Karen brings extensive experience in nonprofit capacity building coaching, with a special focus on faith-based organizations. She provided technical assistance and training for the Strengthening Muskegon grant and now provides development, marketing and donor relations support to 70×7 Life Recovery Muskegon. Additionally, Woods is the executive director of Americans for Community Development, the national professional organization for L3C (Low Profit Limited Liability Companies) service providers and entrepreneurs.