Ayda Rezaian

Lawyer, Freedom Project

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Brittnie Finkbeiner

Co-Chair, Chiropractor

Brit grew up in northern Michigan, later cultivating roots in Grand Rapids. She studied Psychology and Women and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She previously served as the program coordinator for Kent County Girls on the Run and as a support counselor for foster and probation youth in San Jose, California. Both rolls encompassed educating and empowering our youth to develop a growth mindset and find a voice true to themselves.

Brit grew up in northern Michigan, later cultivating roots in Grand Rapids. She studied Psychology and Women and Gender Studies at Grand Valley State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She previously served as the program coordinator for Kent County Girls on the Run and as a support counselor for foster and probation youth in San Jose, California. Both rolls encompassed educating and empowering our youth to develop a growth mindset and find a voice true to themselves.

As much as her ginger skin appreciates the Cali sunshine, the summer storms and great lakes hold her heart.  She temporarily resides in Bettendorf, IA, as she attends Palmer College of Chiropractic. Outside of school Brit is striving to master yoga and serves as a youth educator at the local Unitarian Universalist congregation.

After graduation, she plans to join her wife in their Grand Rapids-based clinic, as a Doctor of Chiropractic and wellness consultant. Brit is extremely passionate about making an impact and connecting the GR community. She believes a healthy individual, leads to a healthy community and a healthy community leads to healed humanity. Only through connection, within ourselves and with each other, can we truly heal.  Brit’s mission is to empower people to authentically express themselves by developing life long, self-sustainable habits of mental and physical well-being.  She connects genuinely, as a partner in the health and wellbeing of the people she serves.

In her spare time, Brit uses writing and music as outlets of expression.  She finds balance spending time with her wife and daughter, running, dancing, cooking, and reading. 

Elliot Chaltry

BarFly, Graphic Designer, Illustrator

Born on the East-side (Port Huron) and transplanted to West-side where I now call home. While attending Grand Valley State University for a BFA in Illustration, I was given the opportunity to work with the creative minds at BarFly Ventures and helping with all of their artistic needs. This has ranged from generating HopCat event branding, to custom screen printed bottles at Grand Rapids Brewing Company and even getting to work with the Drunken Retort at Stella’s making sure they have a packed house. While working on the branding for the Retort, I slowly became more and more involved with the Diatribe beyond the Monday nights. 

While poetry may not be my Forte, Getting the tribe a graphic facelift with some new branding was. Since moving to Grand Rapids in 2009, I’ve found my partner Zac Sanders, a little house on the north side, and two of the cutest Boston Terrier mixes in the world (which can be proven mathematically).  If I’m not working in the studio, you can usually find me downtown at any local coffee shops and music venues on the weekends.