Meet Our Staff of Talented, Passionate Professionals
Our staff at Flat River Outreach Ministries is comprised of professionals with a wide range of skills, strengths, and work experience. But one thing is true for each of them: their dedication and passion for the organization and the people they serve in the Lowell-area community.
I have a BS in Engineering from Grand Valley State University. I worked in the engineering field for 11 years before leaving to become a stay-at-home Mom. Before joining the staff at FROM in 2013, I had volunteered for five years working in the Thrift Shop, VITA Tax Program, and Financial Assistance. My absolute favorite thing is lazy summer days on the shores of Lake Michigan with my husband and son.
My husband Bob and I have lived in the Lowell community for 20 years. Our son, Josh, finished his Master’s in 2014. Before coming to work at FROM, I had volunteered here for over 14 years, serving on the Board and helping with several programs. They call me “Sheriff” around here because I pay attention to every detail and always take care of things. When I’m not working, I love to bake and share goodies with everyone at FROM. I enjoy reading and trying to master Sudoku puzzles.
I’ve spent more than 35 years working in the corporate sector and hold a degree in accounting from Davenport College. Working at FROM as the bookkeeper has been my first experience working for a non-profit organization. I enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening, art projects, and reading. My husband Dan and I have a blended family of eight children and seven grandchildren who are the joy of our lives.
I have the incredible opportunity to work with an amazing group of volunteers who provide education, employment services, and support to Lowell residents who are in need. The best part of working at FROM is being part of a group who has the passion and energy to empower those who are struggling. Outside of FROM, family, home repair projects, exercise classes, and reading are a few of the things I enjoy in my spare time.
I came to FROM with a background in social work from Grand Valley State University. In the past, I’ve worked on many different social issues, from poverty and education to health and food security. I can now put that experience to use in our Connections Office. Outside of FROM, I enjoy books with coffee, grassroots community projects, and creating friendships with animals.
Amanda Haberlein – Marketing and Communications Director
I have over 14 years of experience working in communications and marketing for non-profit organizations. I enjoy helping promote programs that can make a difference in people’s lives and working at FROM allows me to do that every day. I’m married with a very active toddler who keeps me on my toes. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and making memories.
I have lived in the Lowell area for forty-three years. Although my work background has been in medical billing and customer service, I have volunteered for FROM for over six years. And now I am part of the staff as Treasures Thrift Shop Coordinator. What keeps me busy besides delivering great service to my team and customers is my church service where I teach second graders in preparation for their first communion. That, and being a wife, mother of four, grandmother of ten, and great grandmother of five.
I graduated from Davenport University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. I worked for many years in the automobile business as an accountant and Office Manager. My role at FROM has been long and varied, from volunteering at Treasurers Thrift Shop and the Food Pantry to the VITA tax program to reception and administrative duties. On a personal note, I enjoy attending my grandchildren’s sports and events, as well as volunteering at my church and on boards and committees, such as United Methodist Women and Lowell United Methodist Preschool.