Strategic Relations Program

strategic_relations_imageWith the assistance of REALTOR® and Affiliate Members who serve as Community Liaisons, the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® is reaching out to organizations and entities that may not be obviously linked to the real estate industry, but share the opinion that West Michigan is an amazing place to live and do business. These organizations are our Community Partners.

It is our desire to work together as a community to promote West Michigan as a competitive economic zone, stable environment, and the area most capable of providing the highest quality of life within the state. How do we accomplish this? The answer lies in… Collaboration, Cooperation, and lots of Communication!

Since its launch in October of 2010, the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® Strategic Relations Program has connected REALTOR® and Affiliate Members with organizations, groups, and entities that share the common goal of promoting West Michigan as a great place to live, work, and play.

Click here for a just a few examples!

Welcome Home West Michigan (Newsletters):

The WELCOME HOME WEST MICHIGAN newsletter is a publication of the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® and is a benefit of participation in the Strategic Relations Program. The Community Liaisons distribute the newsletter to the Community Partners as a simple and convenient method for maintaining contact and sharing information about various community organizations, events, and initiatives. The publication also includes statistics and information concerning the local real estate market.

Please click here to view the latest edition of the Welcome Home West Michigan newsletter.


The roster of Community Partners and Liaisons (below) is ever changing and new participants are welcome! If you represent an organization within the West Michigan community that would like to participate in the Strategic Relations Program, or if you are a REALTOR® or Affiliate Member of the Greater Regional Alliance of REALTORS® that would enjoy serving as a community liaison, please contact Pam Dyke to learn more about the opportunities that may be available.

Community Partners and Liaisons:

strategic_relations_logo_with_house_smallestBelow is a roster of the organizations and entities that participate in the Strategic Relations Program along with the names of their liaison(s). The liaisons may also be identified by the Connect Logo that appears on their personal pages within the online GRAR membership roster.

Community Partners GRAR Community Liaisons
Ada Bible Church Terry Churches
Alger Heights Neighborhood Association Steve Volkers
Alliance Francaise de Grand Rapids Ingrid Nelson
Alpha Women’s Center of GR Doretha Ardoin
AMBUCS Bob Schautz
American Legion Furniture City (Post 258)
Theresa Robinson
American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids Stephanie Dufford
Arbor Circle Walter Perschbacher
BLEND Lola Audu
Breakfast Club of Grand Rapids (email) Darva Boot
Briarcliff Acres Neighborhood Association (email) Denny Moore
Burton Elementary Deb Schuhman
Byron Center Christian School Duane Visser
Byron Center Public Schools Jason Lash and Pete Westers
Byron Center United Methodist Church Mike Marcus
Byron Community Ministries Gord VanVuren
Caledonia Area Chamber of Commerce James Blehm
Caledonia Christian Reformed Church Gord VanVuren
Caledonia Community Schools Ryan Ogle
City of Grand Rapids Historic Preservation Commission Michelle Gordon
Cedar Springs Public Schools Tim Anders
Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary of the US Air Force Andrew DeKraker
Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority Michael Bass and Ed Hood
Comstock Park Public Schools Ed Hood
Coopersville Chamber of Commerce Brian Zeemering
Covenant Village of the Great Lakes Lola Audu
Cross Creek West Condo Association Bob Noordeloos
Degage Ministries Theresa Robinson
Downs Syndrome Association of West Michigan Pete Bruinsma
East Fulton Business Association (email) Chad Sytsma
East Grand Rapids Public Schools Katie Karczewski
Eastown Community Association Rachael Veldkamp
Economic Club of Grand Rapids Jeanine Herlacher and Michael Bass
Ele’s Place Cindy Schlee
Elite Baseball and Softball Training Cory Maguire
Experience Grand Rapids Steve Volkers
Todd Roesler
Fair Housing Center of West Michigan Doretha Ardoin
Farm Bureau of Kent County (email) Jim Fase
Flat River Outreach Ministry Suzie Reinbold
Foreclosure Response Alan Kitson
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Terry Westbrook
Forest Hills Public Schools Walter Perschbacher
Fountain Street Church Bev Boerman
Fountain Street Social Action Committee Bev Boerman
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Bev Boerman
General Federation of Women’s Clubs (email) Linda Rough
Gerald R. Ford Republican Women Jeanine Herlacher
Gilda’s Club Kay Courtney
God’s Kitchen Dan Grzywacz
Grand Action Cindy Schlee
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Lola Audu
Grand Rapids Community Foundation Mike Kooistra
Grand Rapids Christian Schools Ryan Ogle and Bob Noordeloos
Grand Rapids Community Media Center Pete Bruinsma
Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Ed Hood
Linda Pell
Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Clay Powell
Grand Rapids Public Schools Jon O’Connor
Grand Rapids Steelheaders Foundation Steve Heintzelman
Grand Rapids Young Professionals Ron Babitz
Grand Valley Metro Council Michael (Mick) McGraw
Grandville Christian Schools Susan Pastoor
Grandville Public Schools Neil Starks
Grandville/Jenison Chamber of Commerce Neil Starks
Home & Building Assoc. of Greater Grand Rapids Michael (Mick) McGraw
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Debbie Schuhman and Lloyd Reed
Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Michael VanderWoude
Heritage Hill Association Jaime Misner
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Ron Tiller
Home Repair Services Dan Grzywacz
Hudsonville Downtown Development Authority Dale Sall
Hudsonville Public Schools Wendy Katerberg and Ron Villerius
Inner City Christian Federation – ICCF Lloyd Reed
Ionia Public Schools Cathy Hoppough
Izaac Walton League – Michigan Division (email) Darva Boot
Jenison Public Schools Rick Voorhies
Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids

Roster of Congregations (pdf)

Jason Lash
John Ball Park Neighborhood Association Phil Mol
Journey Church Yvette Blehm
Kent County Animal Shelter Michele Brown
Kent County Conservation League Bob Novosad
Kent Innovation High School Cindy Minnema
Kentwood Community Church Jim Hussey
Kentwood Public Schools

Kentwood Pride and Successes… READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Dave DeBruyn
Land Conservancy of West Michigan Debbie Schuhman
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Crista Hines
Lions Club District 11-C1 (email) Terry Churches
Local First Jeanine Herlacher and Rachael Veldkamp
Love INC Ron Villerius
Lowell Chamber of Commerce Joice Smith
Mars Hill Bible Church Debbie Schuhman
Meijer Inc. Ron Babitz
Mel Trotter Ministries Bob Burchfield
Metro Health Hospital Michele Brown
Michigan Disability Sports Alliance James and Yvette Blehm
Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Program Doretha Ardoin
Michigan Mortgage Lenders Association – West Michigan Chapter Pava Leyrer
Michigan Mortgage Professionals Association Pava Leyrer
Middleville Rotary Club (email) Craig Stolsonburg
< p>Montcalm County Farm Bureau Jim Fase
Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church Ralph Mueller
North East Citizens Action Association Jeannine Lemmon
North Kent Service Center Mike Lamb
Northview High School David Czarnecki
Olivia’s Gift
Video Presentation – Move Program
Kelly Henrickson
Partnership Between Hudsonville High School & Carpenter House Outreach Church (email) Wendy Katerberg
Princeton Estates Homeowners Association (email) Regis Goetz
Rental Property Owners Association – RPOA Tom Koetsier
The Right Place Tom Paarlberg
Rockford Chamber of Commerce Jim Fase
Rockford Garden Club Linda Girard
Rockford Public Schools Laura Featherston and Mark Brace
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Ken Jansen
Saint Mary’s Health Care Mike Rundhaug
Senior Sing Along Jill Dover
Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy Joe Jovanovic
Silent Observer of Kent County Ron Tiller
Sparta Downtown Development Authority (email) Mike Lamb
SpartanNash Kay Courtney
United Church of Wayland Linda Rough
US Green Building Council – West Michigan Tammy Stone
United Veterans Council of Kent County (email) Theresa Robinson
Vergennes Senior Group Joice Smith
Vergennes United Methodist Church (email) Suzie Reinbold
Vision to End Homelessness (pdf) Doretha Ardoin
WGVU Engage Crista Hines
Walker Police Department (email) Steve Heintzelman
Watermark Homeowners Associations Mike Kooistra
West Michigan Association of Insurance Agents (email) Mike Lamb
West Cannon Baptist Church Mark Hoskins
West Michigan Environmental Action Council David Miedema
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Aurelia Becker
West Michigan Lutheran High School (email) Pava Leyrer
West Michigan Strategic Alliance Dave Deverman
Westminster Presbyterian Church Jeannine Lemmon
Women’s Council of REALTORS® Melanie Abraham
Wyoming Public Schools Stephanie Dufford