Who We Are
Jon Ippel – Executive Director
Jon is proud of the partnerships Amplify GR has formed with nonprofits and local businesses alike. These relationships afford Amplify GR the opportunity to provide additional resources to both residents and businesses in the community.
Outside of work, Jon enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two kids.
Fun Fact: Jon is a foodie and is always looking for and trying out new restaurants in Grand Rapids.
To get in contact with Jon, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bethany Underwood – Operations Coordinator
In Bethany’s spare time, she winds down with a good book and practices yoga.
Fun Fact: Bethany owns her own small business and keeps herself busy designing greeting cards and gift baskets.
To get in contact with Bethany, email email@example.com.
Ashanti Bryant – Education Director
A native Detroiter and Grand Rapids resident since 2006, Ashanti is passionate about investing in Michigan schools. He is proud of Amplify GR’s commitment to work with residents, partners and local schools to create stronger neighborhoods for future generations. Ashanti is thankful for the opportunity to work with local residents, teachers and community members toward a common vision for children and families.
Outside of work, Ashanti enjoys writing, dancing and making memories with his family and friends.
Fun Fact: As a self-proclaimed movie connoisseur, Ashanti spends his free time reviewing the newest film of any genre.
To get in contact with Ashanti, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Duncan – Administrative Assistant
Kim is an active volunteer with Oakdale Neighbors and is passionate about helping youth achieve their fullest potential.
Fun Fact: Kim is an avid baker and enjoys advocating for and educating people about the benefits of essential oils.
- Kenyatta Brame, Cascade Engineering – Chair
- Cheri DeVos, CDV5 LLC – President
- Beverly Grant, Ret GVSU – Secretary
- Bruce Osterink, Ret Osterink Construction – Treasurer
- Maria DeVos – Doug & Maria DeVos Foundation
- Father Jose Quantana – Shrine of St. Francis Xavier & Our Lady of Guadalupe Church