KCLB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Henry Ford
Education: Bachelor’s of Science, Social and Management Studies, Antioch College. Masters of Science, Sociology, London School of Economics
Experience: After starting her career in her hometown of Kalamazoo, Kelly worked in London and Chicago for seventeen years in the field of housing and community development. Kelly has worked with a variety of federal housing programs including HOME, CDBG and NSP and worked on a number of partnership initiatives bringing together local agencies to coordinate resources to tackle issues such as foreclosure, crime and safety and housing and community development needs. She has spent time in the non-profit, public sector and private consulting arena.
Description of Duties: Kelly is responsible for overall management of staff and operations of the Land Bank with a view to ensure that important mission objectives and organizational accountabilities are met and opportunities to partner and achieve greater impact are identified and implemented. Kelly provides management support to Land Bank staff in achieving mission based objectives
Michelle Tombro Tracy
"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." - Elbert Hubbard
Education: Rutgers College, Rutgers University BA in Economics Minor Art History
Chicago Kent College of Law- Juris Doctorate
Experience: Before joining the Land Bank, Michelle served as the Assistant Corporate Counsel for Kalamazoo County, representing County departments and officials. She has volunteered for the Junior League and served on the Board of Directors for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
Duties: Manage compliance, regulatory requirements, risk management, review internal policies and procedures, and manage property sales.
|Assets & Construction Manager
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Education: Associates of Applied Science.
Experience: After a decade in the construction field, Kenn joined the City of Kalamazoo where he served in various capacities including; construction and housing inspection,grant programs management,and coordination of dangerous buildings and demolition activities. He joined the Land Bank in March 2011 to utilize his knowledge and skills to advance the organization’s mission.
Description of Duties: Develop and conduct Requests for Proposals, Qualifications and Invitations for Bids. Manage contracts for property maintenance, consultants, demolition, construction, and other activities. Evaluate properties and assist in planning for potential acquisitions and subsequent redevelopment.
"If you can dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University
Experience: Over 30 years of service with the County of Kalamazoo, most recently serving as the Deputy Director of Financial Management and Administration with the Health & Community Services Department.
Description of Duties: Manage the organization’s finance, budgeting, payroll, retirement and audit preparation needs.
“Keep close to Nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” John Muir
Education: Bachelor’s of Arts and Science through Geography and Environmental Studies at Western Michigan University.
Experience: Karma is working on her Masters in Community and Urban Planning. She has a strong background in environmental planning and research through work at the Kellogg Biological Research Station and Western Michigan University.
Description of Duties: Karma is coordinating revitalization efforts on the PlaceMatters geography and the Riverview Launch development through event coordination, program development, and communication between partners and the community.
|Communications, Grants & Operations Manager
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
- Theodore Roosevelt
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration & Communication from Georgetown College and Master's of Business Administration from Western Michigan University.
Experience: Sarah has experience in non-profit communication from several Grand Rapids organizations. After moving to Kalamazoo, she became a marketing specialist at Jaqua Realtors. She has experience re-designing websites, managing social media, databases and office administration.
Description of Duties: Sarah manages all communications and marketing efforts for the Land Bank. This involves writing newsletters, PR pieces, as well as grant proposals. She helps establish and maintain relationships with supporting organizations and community members.
|LISC Americorps Project Coordinator
“You should stretch art as far as it can go, and when you think you’ve stretched it far enough---you go further.”
Jane Golden, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Education: Bachelor’s of Art in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisville
Experience: Following her college graduation in Louisville, Anna organized a series of interactive art and music events in under-utilized spaces. This gave local artists and musicians an opportunity to re-imagine their work while activating the spaces for one night happenings. After moving to Kalamazoo, she has been working to continue this concept locally and has been active as a visual artist and musician.
Description of Duties: Anna is working to engage residents by organizing interactive art events and collaborative public art projects focused in the Edison Neighborhood.
KCLB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.