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Board and Staff

NDC’s Board is made up of neighbors interested in community development and quality affordable housing in the North end of Grand Rapids. If you are interested in joining the board or in other volunteer opportunities, please contact Executive Director Helen Lehman at 361-7500.

President:  Tom Deschaine
Treasurer:  Glenn Disosway
Secretary:  Carol Hennessy
Member:  Lauren Baker
Member:  Adam Erber
Member:  AJ Fossel
Member:  Kate Dorsey
Member:  Jayne Johnson


Helen Lehman – Executive Director

Helen has more than 30 years of neighborhood development experience, including 10 years as the Director of the Creston Neighborhood Association and leadership of the New Development Corporation since November of 2001.

Shelli Zomer – Program Coordinator

Shelli has been a part time employee with New Development since 2008. She brings with her experience from both the non-profit and private sectors in administration and project management.