Staff Spotlight: Meet Nathan Roggenbaum

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Director of Performance and Quality Improvement, Nathan Roggenbaum, enjoys the challenges of his role while managing a team of dedicated individuals. Nathan is responsible for overseeing the quality improvement plan for Kent County’s foster care system. Based on the experience from his previous role of working in the public sector in London, England, Nathan benefits from the creative freedom of a nonprofit organization. “The trust and freedom given to me from the executive leadership team has given me cause to reevaluate my expectations and set the bar higher for myself and what my team…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Amanda Kangas

With nearly a decade of experience working in the nonprofit industry, West Michigan Partnership for Children care coordinator, Amanda Kangas, was inspired to work at WMPC because of its mission to improve outcomes for children in foster care. Continue reading to learn more about Amanda and her role as a Care Coordinator: What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role? As one of WMPC’s care coordinators, my responsibilities include: Conducting site visits to help provide support and case consultation to one of our partner agencies, Bethany Christian Services Participating in on-call rotations Assigning agencies to…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Alanna Hyatt

As one of West Michigan Partnership for Children’s performance and quality improvement (PQI) coordinators, Alanna Hyatt is passionate about getting individuals excited about data, among other important variables. Her time at WMPC has helped her recognize just how important and how necessary data is in helping improve outcomes for any cause. Continue reading to learn more about Alanna’s important role: What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role? I have the lead role in the performance and quality improvement team, and my responsibilities include managing and conducting annual contract reviews for our private foster care…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Ellie Galas

As one of West Michigan Partnership for Children’s Care Coordinators, Ellie Galas works directly with WMPC’s partner agency, Catholic Charities West Michigan. Continue reading to learn more about Ellie Galas: What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role? I am one of WMPC’s care coordinators, and I do a little bit of everything, but my main focus is providing technical assistance around policies and practice to ensure the best interests of the child. I am specifically the main point of contact with WMPC’s partner agency, Catholic Charities West Michigan. As the main point of contact,…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Cathrine Raftery

West Michigan Partnership for Children Care Coordinator, Cathrine Raftery, is passionate about giving a voice to children in foster care and advocating for system change. Cathrine’s motivation stemmed from her previous roles, where she worked directly in the foster care field: “If you can’t foster then volunteer, if you can’t volunteer then donate, if you can’t donate then educate.” Continue reading to learn more about Cathrine: What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities in this role? I am one of four care coordinators at WMPC. I work with two of WMPC’s five partner agencies: Samaritas and Wellspring…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Andrea Copeland

Andrea Copeland is one of four care coordinators employed by West Michigan Partnership for Children. Within her role, Andrea works directly with one of WMPC’s partners, D.A. Blodgett — St. John’s, to provide support, consultation, and insight into foster care and adoption cases that may need assistance. Continue reading to learn more about Andrea and her impactful role at WMPC: What is the most rewarding part about your job? I love having opportunities to brainstorm creative ideas and offer flexible solutions to barriers identified within foster care cases. As a care coordinator, my role is really unique. I’m working directly…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Kate Behrens

As one of West Michigan Partnership for Children’s Performance and Quality Improvement Coordinators, Kate Behrens is responsible for overseeing how the organization, as a whole, can continuously improve its quality of services. This imperative role is essential for WMPC’s longevity in the community, and implementing change in Kent County’s foster care system. Continue reading to learn more about Kate: What are some of your responsibilities as a Performance and Quality Improvement Coordinator at WMPC? I meet regularly with our partners to brainstorm strategies for improvement and creative solutions to complex problems. I also focus on data visualization and strive to…

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