Carl Erickson

Board President
Atomic Object

Young people should be able to count on a safe, nurturing home. Helping those who can’t is simple human decency. I appreciate both the immediate, short-term help HQ offers our youth, as well as the longer-term vision to change their life trajectory in a positive fashion. I hope my business and technology experience can contribute to the mission.


Ryan Schmidt

Board Treasurer
Inner City Christian Federation

HQ is the perfect way for me to connect my experience and passion for affordable housing to help HQ members find safety and stability. There’s more need today than ever to act on affordable housing and homelessness in our city. As we grow, we need to put a stake in the ground for those more disenfranchised groups. Living in Grand Rapids should be accessible for everyone, across all income levels; we should all be able to celebrate and enjoy the community we share.

Omar Flores

Claystone Clinical Associates

I am honored to serve on the HQ board because it is an opportunity to help others in ways that were instrumental in helping me as a kid in Detroit. I am certain of the role that my mentors had in helping me to become a man that I am today. I am eager to help set the stage for young adults to have the chance to realize their visions. It’s an honor to have just this opportunity here at HQ.


Shannon Cohen

Community Ventures

I believe every person has purpose and gifts regardless of the circumstances of their birth and/or situational circumstances. HQ to me is a place where community youth are embraced, empowered, and authentically engaged to live their best lives beginning at where they are and throughout the journey of getting to where they want to be. It is an honor to serve and to be a part of a movement that reflects the type of person, community member, and leader I strive to be.

Zoe Martinez

Board Secretary
Gentex Corporation

HQ serves a very real need for youth in West Michigan and beyond. Most importantly, they do it in a way that is genuine, no strings attached, and person-focused, helping youth overcome barriers that may be getting in the way of a brighter future. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with HQ.

Bridget Clark Whitney

Kids Food Basket