Jennifer is very passionate for youth and providing quality in the Out of School time field and the opportunities that it brings to all youth. Out of School Time is not just a latch key program, but a opportunity for youth to develop and become creative through youth leaders being trained through quality professional development that MAA provides along with some of their partners. It is a way that can provide children opportunities that extend after the school day We are at the crossroads of being able to make a difference in a child’s life by offering quality Out of School programming. We must let children have choices to be creative and learn that the sky is the limit. Out of School time can be the answer to children who needs a safe place to come when the bell rings at the end of the day. I am so honored to be part of MAA and to work with the Out of School Time field along with my colleagues who have the same passion that I have.
Jacqueline (Jackie) Patrick-James has been working with families and youth for more than 30 years and is fully invested in the ideology of family centered activities, positive youth development and quality out-of-school time programs. A former K-12 grade public school administrator and 21st Century Community Learning Center director Jackie understands the power of after school programming. Over the years Jackie has served as a neighborhood center director, teen center director, a Parks and Recreation Department director and preschool director. An owner operator of child and adult care home for the disabled Jackie is knowledgeable and able to navigate through all areas of the mental health, foster care, education and medical system. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a master degree in family studies. She is also a certified grant writer and a passionate family advocate.
Andrew is currently an Education Consultant for 21st Century Community Learning Centers with the State of Michigan. He has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Calvin College and a Masters in Public Administration from Central Michigan. Prior to his work with the state he was a Multi-Site Director for Out-of-School Time programs at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. Before working with kids in the out of school time setting, Andrew was a middle school Math and Science teacher at a small school in North Carolina. He moved back to Michigan in 2013 and began his career in OST programs. His career goal is to provide quality OST programming for kids of all ages and backgrounds across the state. Andrew’s hobbies include photography, web design, hiking, and disc golf. He and his wife, Katy, have been married since 2012 and enjoy travelling around the country exploring new cities, visiting Major League Baseball stadiums (we have been to all 30 stadiums!), and trying new breweries.
Mallory DePrekel was born in Chicago and raised in Carlsbad, California before moving back to Chicago before college. Mallory graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and minors in Spanish and TESOL, and a certificate in Urban Education. Mallory taught in Chicago Public Schools as a K-8 Spanish teacher for two years, but found her passion for non-profits while working at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL as the Manager of Youth Services and later the Manager of Training and Development. It was at the Y that Mallory learned partnership development, cultural competencies, outreach and engagement and fundraising. She completed her Master’s in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Spring, 2016.
In June 2017, Mallory and her husband Peter moved back to Michigan to start their family and new careers. In July 2017, the DePrekels welcomed their first child, Carter Duke. After getting settled in Lansing, Mallory worked with in the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) in Lansing, MI as the Director of Education to build partnerships, develop programs and train staff. In February 2019, the DePrekel family got bigger with the addition of Cole Henry.
Mallory is a certified YMCA of the USA Trainer and die-hard MSU and Chicago Cubs fan. She and her family currently live in East Lansing, MI.
Jordan Blough-Orr is a Michigan Native and of the first class in Kalamazoo Public School that received the Kalamazoo Promise Scholarship. She attended Western Michigan University, graduating Cum Laude with a BS in Education and an early childhood endorsement. Experienced with engaging across sectors to build rapport and connections professionally, she has also been a participant in out-of-school time programming as a child and is now a parent with a child who attends an out-of-school time program. As a young mother, she and her son were recipients of benefits through DHHS giving her first hand experience of how a system meant to support can do the opposite; this led to her personal passion to understand racial inequities in our systems and how to affect real change. In her free-time Jordan is an avid reader and passionate about gardening.
Michelle A McGregor, a native of Detroit Michigan, graduated from the Detroit Public School District and she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Sciences with Dietetics and Master of Science degree in Human Nutrition. After completing her education at Michigan State University, Michelle relocated to Saginaw Michigan to assist in the establishment of Kingdom Life Ministries, International, where she serves as Staff Pastor.
Michelle considers herself a transplant and has taken up roots in the Saginaw community and has been involved in various leadership trainings and opportunities. Michelle is a member of the Tri-City (MI) Chapter of the Links Incorporated. She is a graduate of the Saginaw County’s 2004 class of Vision 2020-1000 Leaders, 2014 Leadership Saginaw County and Saginaw Valley African-American Leadership Training Institute (SVAALTI) where she was the recipient of the Ted Braun Community Service Award. She also completed the Millionaire Mindset Program, the Non Profit “Best Practices” Management Program offered through Saginaw Valley State University and United Way. Michelle, with an entrepreneurial heart is a graduate of the Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center’s Fast Trac New Venture Entrepreneurial Training Program. As the owner of MAM Enterprises, Michelle is a certified trainer for aha Process and Duperon Education, where she enjoys facilitating workshops and encouraging individuals to live their dreams. Currently, Michelle serves as President/CEO of First Ward Community Service, after serving as the Director of Youth Services for 11 years.
Pamela Robinson has been in education since 1995 where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and her Masters of Arts Degree in Counselor Education Counseling Psychology in 2003 and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Ms. Robinson has been an elementary teacher in Milwaukee and Battle Creek Public Schools; a Student Support Specialist; 21st Century After School and Summer School Program Supervisor and a High School Counselor in Battle Creek. Pamela currently works at Loy Norrix High School working with 9th-12th grade students
In her free time, Ms. Robinson enjoys traveling, working out and spending time with her daughter, Jaela.
Kirsten Beyer is a Metro Detroit native with a deep history of advocating for youth empowerment. Her grandmother and father both retired from Detroit Public Schools, growing up she admired their commitment to the communities they served. She believes it take a village to raise a child and is honored to empower youth in ways in which their voice is heard.
Kirsten is passionate about trauma informed care, mindfulness and enjoys practicing and teaching yoga in her spare time. She specializes in Non Profit consulting; data evaluation, program creation, implementation, professional development, staff trainings, marketing and fundraising.
Kirsten works with Vista Maria as their Workforce Development Specialist. She currently is creating, evaluating, developing and implementing Workforce Development and Career Pathways programming in metro Detroit. She enjoys reading, playing the drums, snowboarding, long boarding and walking her dog.