Board Members and Staff

Angela Anderson

Angela Anderson

Board Member

Angela Anderson is the Community Engagement Specialist for the Community Action Agency. She is also the host of Speak On It. The show is an informational bridge that will connect you to current issues & events of local interest along with health topics and other thought provoking matters. She believes in taking “Out of the Box” approaches that strengthen and improve one’s quality of life through music, drama, poetry and hands-on education. Angela is published writer and poet who has showcased her work and talent as an actress and director in Kalamazoo’s local venues and various places throughout the Midwest.
Trice Batson

Trice Batson

Board Member

Trice Batson is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He previously served as the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion and Training Specialist. Included with his experience in diversity training and programming, he has served on numerous committees and is currently the Chair for The Diversity and Inclusion Committee for Equity and Culture. Trice earned a Bachelors degree in marketing from Western Michigan University (1999) and a Masters degree, also form Western Michigan University in Organizational Change Leadership (2019).
Sue Ellen Christian-Isaksen

Sue Ellen Christian-Isaksen

Board Member

Sue Ellen Christian is the Presidential Innovation Professor at Western Michigan University for 2021-2023. She teaches journalism and media literacy, and has written books on both topics with a focus on representation of historically marginalized groups and on inclusive narrative. She co-created a book on oral histories of longtime Black residents of Kalamazoo for SHARE and has served on the SHARE board since 2019.
Joanna Donnelly Dales

Joanna Donnelly Dales

Board Member

Joanna joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation staff in 2007 as a Donor Relations Officer before being appointed to Vice President, Donor Relations in 2012. Joanna is a member of the Community Foundation’s Anti-Racism Transformation Team.

Prior to coming to the Community Foundation, she held development positions in Washington D.C., with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Symphony Orchestra League. In New York State she held development posts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy and with the Preservation League of New York State in Albany.

Joanna holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She currently serves on the boards of KC Ready 4s and the Downtown Kiwanis Club. She served on the board of the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo for 9 years, including two as chair, and recently completed her service on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan.

Joanna lives in Kalamazoo with her husband and three sons.

Amin Finch

Amin Finch

Board Member

Amin Finch was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Amin holds an Associate of Applied Science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Eastern Michigan University. Amin spent more than 20 years working in the tourism and restaurant management industry for the Darden Corporation participating in the expansion of several brands, including Red Lobster, Bahamas Breeze, Olive Garden, and Fish Bone. Today Amin is the owner and operator of Finch & Co., LLC, a full-service catering company offering meal preparation, meal planning, event and group catering services, and ServSafe certifications and assessments. In addition to her entrepreneurial work, Amin is the Program and Family Support Coordinator for YWCA Kalamazoo. In this role, she is engaged and fulfilled in giving back to the community while working with children, families, and community members.

Byron Foster

Byron Foster

Board Member

Retired & serving as trustee on several boards in Kalamazoo.
Caitlin Hoag

Caitlin Hoag

Board Member

Caitlin Hoag is the Lead Law Librarian at the Kalamazoo Public Library (KPL) and a founding member of KPL’s Antiracism Transformation Team. She has been involved in social justice work and dismantling systemic racism in the library world since 2010 and has spoken at state and national library conferences regarding antiracism. She grauated from Wayne State University with a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) in 2009. A lifelong Kalamazoo resident, Caitlin is glad to be a part of an organization like SHARE that makes our a community a better, more equitable place to live.
Shashanta James

Shashanta James

Board Member

Shashanta S. James, Director-Student Financial Aid, Western Michigan University

Shashanta James serves as director of Student Financial Aid along with overseeing the Scholarship unit, Financial Literacy services and the one-stop office, Bronco Express at Western Michigan University. She is a visionary with dedication and commitment to higher education which is evident in her acquiring over 35 years of service at WMU. This is exemplified by her passion to create spaces of equity and inclusivity. She deeply believes that awareness creates opportunities.

Mrs. James has collaborated on local, regional, and national levels with individuals and organizations to design, implement and present on various leadership and financial literacy programming. She completed an institute on Cultural Competency along with a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion certification and facilitates workshops to educate and advance our community.

Western Michigan University is very dear to her heart as she is a double Alumnus, met the love of her life there, supported her sister, eldest son, and niece to also graduate from WMU. She is a golden life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her free time, she loves to travel, bake, try new recipes, and make memories with her husband and two sons.

Candy McCorkle

Candy McCorkle

Board Member

Dr. Candy McCorkle currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Prior to joining the senior administration of WMU she served as the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Alma College, Alma, MI. She has served in higher education for over 20 years beginning her career as an Associate Professor of Psychology at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, MI. She also served as the director of the Masters of Counseling program at Spring Arbor University and was an Assistant Professor of Counseling and Director of the Global Campus Counseling program at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI. Prior to serving at Alma College, Dr. McCorkle served as the Adjunct Administrator and Assistant Dean of the Honors program at Jackson College, Jackson, MI. She has also taught at the Moscow Christian School of Psychology, Moscow, Russia. She earned her B.A. in Psychology at Wright State University, Dayton, OH, her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI and her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. McCorkle has facilitated several workshops on privilege and identity, creating inclusive learning environments, and introduction to the basics of diversity and inclusion. She has served as a keynote speaker on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion in educational and mental health settings. She has contributed as a chapter author to a text on pre-college programs and their impact on college retention as well as a guidebook for diversity and inclusion practitioners. Dr. McCorkle is completed a year-long National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education’s (NADOHE) fellowship focused on the work of Chief Diversity Officers. As an administrator, educator and counselor, Dr. McCorkle has always demonstrated her commitment to moving organizations toward inclusivity.
Sue McCrery

Sue McCrery

Board Member

Sister Sue, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph, has served many years in ministry as a teacher, a campus minister, and a hospital chaplain. She got to know the work of SHARE when she invited the Summit on Racism to Ascension Borgess Hospital. Since 2002, when Sisters of St. Joseph began their antiracism work, Sue has been passionate about racial justice and equity. She facilitated the Borgess Diversity Council during her time at the hospital and serves on the Committee Against Racism with the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo. She is currently serving as Treasurer on the SHARE Board of Directors
Dr. Kristina Wade

Dr. Kristina Wade

Board Member

Dr. Wade is an Assistant Vice President and a Fraud Analyst with PNC Bank in the Underwriting department. Over the last 23.5 years, Dr. Wade has held various positions within the organization. Since 2016, Dr. Wade has also been an Adjunct Professor with the Gainey College of Business with Spring Arbor University. Dr. Wade is a graduate of Walden University with her Doctor of Business Administration with a Leadership Concentration. Prior to that, achieving a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix. With graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Business Administration from Cornerstone University. Accompanied with academics, Dr. Wade is a proud member of Delta Mu Delta – Nu Rho Chapter of the International Business Organization. Also, a proud
member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated and a former Rhoer Advisor with the organization.
Tina Wade

Tina Wade

Board Member

Albertine Wade’s childhood dream was to become a classroom teacher. After being accepted by Western Michigan University (WMU) in 1966, she moved to Kalamazoo and attended WMU from (1966-1969). She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and taught grades 5-6 for two years (1971-1973) in the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools. Upon returning to Kalamazoo , she began teaching in the Kalamazoo Public Schools {1974}, grades 4-6. After receiving a Masters of Arts in Education from WMU (1979), she was hired as an Instructional Specialist (1992-1996). She began teaching Advanced English, Creative Writing and Social Studies, grades 7-8, at Hillside Middle School (1997-2006). Albertine retired (2007) from Kalamazoo Public Schools. Currently, she is a mentor to youth participating in Kalamazoo’s Reading in Motion.
Bob Wallis

Bob Wallis

Board Member

Bob Wallis joined the SHARE board in 2022. He is a consultant with businesses and non-profit organizations on strategic IT, project management, talent development, and productivity. He is also a professional musician and since 2018 has been running the Kalamazoo Academy of Rock, an extracurricular music program that works to develop a lifelong love of music for youth in the Kalamazoo region. Bob is a graduate of WMU, where he met his wife, Beth. They have lived in Kalamazoo since 1994 and have two children, Lucy and Duncan, who are both graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Chiante' Lymon

Chiante' Lymon

Executive Director - Staff

A Detroit native, Lymon moved to the Kalamazoo area to attend Western Michigan University. In 2018, she graduated as a full-time, first-generation college student with dreams of becoming an Attorney General and running her own non-profit. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a double minor in Communication and Sociology. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, has served as the former Student Body President of WMU, Homecoming Queen, and institutionalized voter registration at WMU for students to understand the importance of civic engagement. Lymon leaves her role as Social Media and Technology Specialist at the Kalamazoo Defender, where she was previously a legal assistant and the board liaison and facilitator for the office’s Anti-Racism Team.

Patricia Davis

Patricia Davis

Office Manager

Attended Davenport Business College with a degree is Business Administration. Has worked as an Administrative assistant for 30 years. Works in the community promoting diversity and inclusion thru non profits. In her position as Office Manager she want to educate the community on the importance of racial equity and the rich history of african americans that Kalamazoo has.
Curtis Bell II

Curtis Bell II

Member Emeritus

Appointed to Kalamazoo County Probate Court, 2005 the Honorable Curtis Bell serves in the Family Division of the Circuit Court. He was managing partner in private practice at a law firm located in Kalamazoo, 1994-2005, an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University, Haworth College of Business, and a former Oshtemo Township Deputy Supervisor. Judge Bell served as president of the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, from 2008-2009, president of the Southwest Michigan Probate Judges Association, from 2007-2008, and secretary from 2006-2007.

Judge Bell became a member of the Board of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society in 2007 and continues emeritus status with SHARE.

Edward Parham

Edward Parham

Member Emeritus

Ed is a graduate of Western Michigan University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration in 1977.

Ed has served as Technical Director of Cardiac Laboratory Studies and Administrator of Borgess Medical Center. Upon retirement in 1983 he established Physicians Planners Consulting where he served as medical consultant to numerous medical practices throughout southwest Michigan. Ed has served on the board of directors of several organizations, including the State Hospital, the Youth Advancement Academy, the Douglas Community Association, and Allen Chapel AME Church. In 1981 Ed co-founded the 100 Men of Kalamazoo, an organization devoted to serving as examples and mentors for young African American men.

Romeo Phillips, PhD

Romeo Phillips, PhD

Member Emeritus

Dr. Phillips has been a member of the Kalamazoo/Portage community since 1968 when he accepted the position that led to his becoming the first tenured African American professor at Kalamazoo College. He has played an active role in community arts and political organizations, having served as the president of the Kalamazoo Chapter of the NAACP, as a member of the Portage City Council, and as a performer in the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, the Kalamazoo Singers, and other music ensembles.

Dr. Phillips was a founding member of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society and continues his emeritus status with SHARE.