Kelsey Dracht

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Performance and Quality Improvement Coordinator, Kelsey Dracht, enjoys finding innovative ways to improve outcomes for children alongside a network of agencies and community leaders. She is responsible for analyzing and reporting outcome data, working to improve the foster care system in Kent County. Kelsey’s decision to join WMPC stemmed from her desire to join a supportive group of people with similar goals to improve children’s well-being in Kent County. “Child welfare has always been important to me personally and professionally, and I have rooted myself in the Grand Rapids area because I love this…

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Quarterly Newsletter

We have released our quarterly newsletter. Inside you will find our latest financials, staff introductions and how you can get involved. To be on our mailing list, simply subscribe at the link above and you will immediately be “in the know” with what we are doing here at WMPC. Read June’s edition here: https://mailchi.mp/32e5b38ef1c7/wmpc-quarterly-newsletter

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Meet Phalesha Kyes

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s Office Administrator, Phalesha Kyes, is passionate about WMPC’s mission to create better futures for children and families through innovation and collaboration. Inspired by her personal experience as an adoptee from the Kent County foster care system, Phalesha enjoys being part of a team that is working hard to improve the foster care system and better the lives of its more than 800 children. “During my time at WMPC, I have seen the leaps and bounds they have taken. My hope is that this pilot is eventually turned into the WAY our foster care system is…

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Staff Spotlight: Meet Kylene Dalton Koons

West Michigan Partnership for Children’s (WMPC) Director of Care Coordination and Innovation, Kylene Dalton-Koons, enjoys the ability to use her creativity to implement system changes. Kylene is responsible for the Care Coordination team who research and develop innovative programming to support foster care services in Kent County. Kylene is grateful for WMPC’s commitment to thinking outside the box and making a better future for children. “Through innovation and collaboration, we can create lasting change that will ultimately have an impact on generations to come,” she said. Learn more about Kylene: What is your role at WMPC? What are your responsibilities…

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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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