Board of Directors

First Day Shoe Fund
2018 Board of Directors

Jud Hoff, President
Jud retired as the Global Vice President of Commercial Operations at Stryker Instruments. He met Founder Valerie Denghel at the Community Fair hosted at Stryker and became involved with the FDSF. Jud joined the board in 2012, serves on the Human Resources Committee and assists with business leadership. In addition to his work with the FDSF, Jud is also a board member for two private medical device companies.

Angie Rohrer, Vice President
Angie is currently the Senior Director of Human Resources at Stryker Instruments and initially became involved through the Human Resources Committee which she is now a member of. She joined the board in 2013 and, in addition to sitting on the HR Committee, assists with Human Resources, Labor and Employment law. When not working or helping the FDSF, Angie enjoys running, coaching, and volunteering.

Allison Birmingham, Treasurer
Allison is currently a Senior Wealth Management Advisor at Greenleaf Trust. Originally from the east side of the state, Allison earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on corporate finance from Central Michigan University. Allison is a CERTIFIED WEALTH STRATEGIST® practitioner as well as a CERTIFIED COLLEGE PLANNING SPECIALIST®. Allison joined the board in 2017, hoping to make an impact in an area which she shares a strong passion – underprivileged children in our community. When not working or helping with the First Day Shoe Fund, Allison enjoys spending time with her three children and watching them compete in numerous sporting events, coaching, and cheering on Michigan football!

Doug Pearce, Secretary
Doug is a scientist and project team leader at Zoetis. He earned his bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology from The University of Connecticut, his master’s degree in microbial ecology from Western Michigan University, and is currently pursuing his PhD. Doug joined the FDSF board in 2017. When not working for FDSF, Doug is a part-time fitness instructor, partakes in numerous home improvement projects, and enjoys going to the movies. He currently resides in the Milwood neighborhood with his partner, Zac Bauer, and their two dogs, Duncan and Ketchup.

Scott Hunter, Board Member
Scott is currently Executive Director of Finance at Kalsec, Inc. and was introduced to the FDSF through family volunteering with the organization. Scott joined the board in 2012, is on the Finance Committee, and assists with strategic planning. In addition to FDSF, Scott enjoys music, travel and outdoor activities.

Amy Kuchta, Board Member
Amy Kuchta is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring. She joined the Board in 2015 and currently serves on the Program Committee. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and volunteering.

Yolonda Lavender, Board Member
Yolonda joined the Board of Directors in 2013 and also serves on the Marketing/PR Committee. She learned about First Day Shoe Fund through her work in the Kalamazoo community. Yolonda’s focus on the board is geared towards community engagement and diversity advocacy. Yolonda currently works as the Executive Director of the Black Arts & Cultural Center in Kalamazoo and volunteers in the community as a social justice activist and youth advocate. She is also an artist with Truth Tone Records.

Michelle Miller-Adams, Board Member
Michelle is currently a Senior Researcher at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and a Professor at Grand Valley State University. She was introduced to FDSF while writing “The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo.” Michelle has served on the board since 2011, chairs the fund development committee, and assists with strategic planning, grant writing, and fund development. Michelle is also a member of the Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers Board.

Christopher Moffat, Board Member
Christopher is a Major Gift Officer at Bronson Health Foundation. He was introduced to FDSF by his mom, former Board Member Lucy Matthews. He joined the board in 2015 and assists on the Fund Development Committee. Christopher is an avid golfer in his spare time and loves spending time with his wife and two dogs. He’s also a huge supporter of his alma mater, the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Aura Provancher, Board Member
Aura was born in Colombia, S.A. Her first language is Spanish . She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1968. Aura graduated from Portage Central High School and earned a Bachelor and Master’s Degree from Western Michigan University and a Bilingual Endorsement from Michigan State University. Aura taught as a Bilingual/English as a Second Language teacher for Kalamazoo Public Schools. She was also a Union Representative for Kalamazoo Education Association, Michigan Education Association, and National Education Association. Aura is now a retired teacher after 30 years of service.

Aura first learned about FDSF from founder Valerie Denghel who invited her to join as a volunteer. On May 2014, Aura joined the board of FDSF and currently is on the 10th Anniversary and the Program Committees. She helps with translations at shoe distributions during Community Nights.

Aura enjoys traveling overseas with her family and her six grandchildren bring a lot of happiness to her life. She also loves reading, jazz and classical music.

Leatrice Fullerton, Board Member
Leatrice is currently a Program Manager with Disability Network Southwest Michigan. She began working with First Day Shoe Fund during the summer of 2017, serving on the Program Committee. When she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and giving back to the community.

Ann Austin, Board Member
After many years of volunteering with First Day Shoe Fund, Ann joined the Board in 2018.  She currently serves on the Program Committee and is a shoe buyer.  A University of Michigan graduate, Ann enjoys spending time with family, reading and traveling.

Edie Trent, Board Member
Edie Trent joined the First Day Shoe Fund Board of Directors in 2018 as a liaison / representative for the Kalamazoo Public Schools, where she is employed with the KPS Communications Department.  A graduate of the Kalamazoo Public Schools herself, Edie has spent a great deal of her career in public service and education.  Her children also attended KPS.  She received teaching degrees from both Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University and for many years worked with Head Start families and teachers in our community.  Most recently, she worked as the local legislative aide respective to former State Rep. Sean McCann and subsequently to Representative Jon Hoadley.  In this capacity, she helped local residents to navigate the bureaucracies of programs offered by state and local agencies.

Edie is an accomplished knitter, loves her flower garden and baking pies, and lavishes an appropriate high level of spoiling upon her five grandchildren.

Dr. Terina Harvey, Board Member Emeritus
Terina is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Kalamazoo Public Schools.

Valerie Denghel, First Day Shoe Fund Founder
Valerie lives in Kalamazoo with her husband, Allen Medlin, and remains an active volunteer and supporter of First Day Shoe Fund as well as other community causes near to her heart.

John Curran, Executive Director
A lifelong resident of Southwest Michigan, John has been active in the Kalamazoo community since arriving a decade ago to attend Western Michigan University. He has worked professionally on numerous social justice and political campaigns. John is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at Western Michigan University and lives in Kalamazoo’s Douglas Neighborhood. You can reach him at firstdayshoefund@gmail.com.