Richard has held leadership roles in healthcare, supporting those with disabilities and age-related needs, for 29 years in for-profit, non-profit, government, academic, and volunteer settings. He has a breadth and depth of experience in quality management, operations and finance, fundraising, state and federal policies, programs and regulations, advocacy, industry association board leadership and accreditation. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master of Health Administration degree from Grand Valley State University, and is a member of the Kalamazoo Rotary.
Anita graduated with a BBA from Western Michigan University with minors in Latvian and General Business. Upon graduating from WMU, she started work at Plante & Moran where she remained for 16 years. Anita then worked for 10 years as the Director of Finance for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Dowagiac, MI. There she had the opportunity to work with many grants and funding sources, a wide variety of departments, as well as experience casino operations, while attending regular meetings with casino management.
Anita’s community involvement is largely focused on the Latvian community. She is currently the Board Chair of the Latvian Ev. Luth. United Church of Kalamazoo, and Treasurer of the American Latvian Association, which is a national organization uniting Latvians with cultural, educational and political programs to advance goals in America and in Latvia.
Susan joined Milestone in Spring of 2020 as Marketing Manager and now serves as Director of Marketing and Communications. She earned a Bachelor's in Marketing and Fashion Merchandising from WMU and an MBA from Davenport University. Prior to joining Milestone, Susan held marketing leadership roles at local health nonprofits and was a proud small business owner in Downtown Kalamazoo. She is passionate about serving the Kalamazoo community and advocating for underserved and underrepresented populations through her volunteer work. Her service includes time on the Executive Board at Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan, the Scholarship committee at Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and volunteering regularly with Outfront Kalamazoo and several other local nonprofits. Outside of work she enjoys supporting local small businesses, especially in Downtown Kalamazoo, reading, live music, traveling and skiing, biking and embarrassing her two teenage boys at any opportunity.