Our Team & Board of Directors

Our Team

Our staff is the heartbeat of HQ’s mission and vision. Together, we bring our shared passions to the table in the name of building authentic relationships and breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community. 

HQ Homeless and Runaway Center Support
Shandra Steininger, LMSW

Shandra Steininger, LMSW

she/her
Co-Founder + Executive Director
[email protected]

I exist to help others realize the power they hold in their life and over their future, even in the face of extreme adversity. I know from personal experience the impact one person can have when they truly believe in you, and I strive to do that to the greatest extent possible…and to live a life of no regret!

Michael Fravel

Michael Fravel

he/him
Member Specialist
[email protected]

I enjoy and do what I do at HQ because I was shown by another that at the end of the day I am absolutely cherished and matter as well as am loved. HQ is a wonderful outlet that allows me to bring this to our youth, my co-workers, and anyone who walks through our doors. Basically, I’m just about it, dude!

Liam Bailey

Liam Bailey

they/them or he/him
Development Coordinator
[email protected]

I am so excited to be a part of this team! I believe that safe and stable housing is imperative to a life that thrives. HQ represents a forward-thinking model for addressing the myriad of needs associated with the housing concerns of Grand Rapids’ youth.  I feel HQ approaches this process in a way our community desperately needs, focusing on members as whole people and prioritizing their self-selected goals, needs, and dreams. I’m so happy to be at this table, supporting an organization and youth that are capable of amazing things!

Drea McKinney

Drea McKinney

they/them
Program Director
[email protected]

Experience has taught me how impactful access to support can have on a person’s success. I strive to empower others in ways that fit their present and future goals and believe an inclusive, equitable, and safe environment is essential in this process. I was drawn to HQ’s mission because it aligns with my passions for promoting engaging conversations and creating space for others to make meaningful connections; at HQ and all around our community. At the end of the day, I look forward to growing HQ’s reputation as a space that is committed to making youth feel safe, recognized, and cared about.

Alyssa Anten

Alyssa Anten, LLMSW

she/her
Drop-In Coordinator
[email protected]

I am deeply passionate about empowering people to realize and reach their full potential. I believe in people, even those others have given up on. I am attracted to HQ because I am able to work with young people who have the whole world before them. I love being able to help youth reach for what they need to succeed. I think it is important that HQ continues to educate people about the potential of the youth in Grand Rapids and works to show how we can all work together to end youth homelessness.

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Luke Petsch

he/him
Development Director
[email protected]

I believe that when we strive to empower others, our whole community gains from the effort.  I was drawn to HQ because it is a safe place where youth can adjust the trajectory of their lives to achieve hopes and goals.  We all succeed together, and every HQ member who realizes their potential makes our community stronger and more vibrant for us all.

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Kalee DeVries

she/her
Member Specialist
[email protected]

I was immediately drawn to HQ when I began to learn about the values here. Creating a safe place of belonging is one of my greatest passions. I am so grateful to work in place that strives to make every member feel accepted and celebrated just as they are as soon as they walk through the door.

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Li Kaplan

she/her
Member Specialist + Advocate
[email protected]

I am incredibly passionate about providing not only support to those in crisis, but also providing youth with the affirmation and support that they each deserve, regardless of the beautiful characteristics that may set them apart from systems or norms.  HQ allows youth in our community to have a safe space & staff they can rely upon to walk with them through situations that many of us don’t struggle with because we have strong sources of support; navigating our first job, establishing housing and the regular ups and downs that come with being a teenager or young adult.  I am proud to be a part of the team at HQ and the change they are promoting within our growing community.

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Tonisha Begay

she/her
Intern
[email protected]

The mission and vision of HQ align with so many of my own core values of humble curiosity, radical compassion, and a mutual responsibility to care for one another. HQ is a place where resources and services are shared without shame or judgment and members are embraced for all of who they are. Youth are integral to building the future and I am excited to be supportive while centering their voices as they explore their gifts, passions, and vision for the world.

What Our Members Say

"I knew there would be other people in this space that are going through the same situation that I’m going through."

"I feel compassion when I walk through these doors.”

"HQ is open arms. They love everyone. Even though everyone is different, they don’t judge.”

“From when I first stepped in here, we were family.”

Our Board of Directors

We’re proud to have community leaders committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness on our board.

HQ Team and Directors
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Carl Erickson

he/him
Board President
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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.

Jacques Moss

Jacques Moss

he/him
Board Secretary
Amway Global

HQ is the prefect place for me to exercise my skill sets and experiences, as well as connect with diverse people, HQ members, and community partners. I believe in the vision of HQ and that is why is am here. No person should be punished because of the situations they face. Instead they should be uplifted, empowered, and supported. HQ gives youth the opportunity to feel a part of a community. I am honored to be apart of the team!

Missy Jackson

Missy Jackson

she/her
Board Treasurer
Herman Miller

With years of foundation experience and a personal passion for addressing systemic gaps, I couldn’t be more excited about serving intentionally with, and for, HQ. HQ dares to step in and meet youth where they are at today, amongst the messy, difficult circumstances of their reality, while walking alongside of them, breaking down barriers, and pointing them to a path for a better tomorrow. I look forward to pulling on my business, foundation, and social work experience as we lean in to HQ and the youth we serve as a board!

Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt

he/him
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

Omar Flores

he/him
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.

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Jocelyn Hodack

she/her
ArtiFlex Manufacturing

Raising awareness on homelessness is so important. Most people think that homelessness is people living under a bridge or begging for food. It has no boundaries and by the grace of God I have been spared. I am honored to serve on the HQ Board with others that share my same passion for an organization whose mission statement gives me chills: To create a safe and affirming space where youth find rest, build connections, and pursue their passions to realize their dreams.

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