Board Of Directors

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Sharon Vriend-Robinette (She/Her/Hers) – President

Community Member, Inclusion Specialist, Youth Advocate, Parent, Outstanding Human

Sharon is an equity-minded community leader who empowers people through education, technology and the arts.  She works for the Information Services Department at Spectrum Health where she collaborates with community partners to build technology programs for K-12 students and adults making career changes.  She also manages the Information Services internship programs.  She’s an active parent in Grand Rapids Public Schools and loves spending time with her family.

Sharon supports the Diatribe because she believes that the skills young people learn through The Diatribe workshops can empower them to impact not only their own lives but also our whole community.

In her research and writing, she explores how art, music, and poetry can empower people and change the world. She is active in the community through professional consulting and volunteering for Grand Rapids Public Schools.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on outdoor adventures, and listening to and making music.

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Linda Tellis – Lady Ace Boogie (She/Her/Hers) – Vice President

Linda Tellis wants you to smile. And it’s hard not to when she takes the stage as “Lady Ace Boogie”. 

Compelled to share both her story, and the stories of others; she conveys a message centered on personal growth, inspiration, and hopes to positively impact those who are listening. LAB’s acclaimed freshman album “Feel Good Music” landed her three WYCE Jammie Awards & the Feminist Leadership Award by the National Organization of Women for her work through music, and community advocacy. Her Sophomore album “Don’t Box Me In” also landed her best hip hop album of the year.

An in demand and electrifying performer, LAB has shared the stage with many national acts, Including:  NAS, A$AP Rocky, TI, Tunde Olaniran, Lizzo, Slum Village, Killer Mike, Jean Grae, and Dead Prez. 

With the upcoming release of  the album “That’s All For Now”, LAB is poised to break out of the Midwest, and into the hearts of people all around the world. 

Linda Tellis isn’t only making waves in the music world; she is also making waves as an up and coming entrepreneur, as Founder of Real-Time Cleaning, Co- Founder of grass roots non-profit Youth Outlet, and Co-Founder of LoveGR. In addition, Linda also works as a Process Improvement Specialist for industries such as; Manufacturing, Health Care, Small Businesses & Non Profits.

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Jack Woller (He/Him/His)- Treasurer

Principal & Founder, id3 Creative

Jack is an artist, creative consultant, and facilitator who specializes in unlocking the dormant creative ability inside everyone. He believes in the genius of youth and is passionate about using his privilege for the benefit of others. In addition to The Diatribe Board, Jack serves on the Board of Festival of the Arts and the Committee to Honor Cesar E. Chavez.

Jack supports the Diatribe because he believes in the transformative power of finding your voice. 

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Mark Haines- Secretary (He/Him/His)

Cooperative Living Specialist, Seeker Of Common Good

Mark has lived in group housing situations in the Netherlands and Tunisia, and also spent two years living and working with Amish produce farmers in western Pennsylvania. Beyond promoting alternative housing/lifestyle solutions through cooperative housing and homesteading, Mark aims to provide cultural space for those who don’t subscribe to the conventional American Dream, by promoting self-empowerment and seeking to remove stigma around sexuality and drug use. Mark has worked in harm reduction and HIV prevention and is also a member of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Marks enjoys reading classical Arabic, playing euchre, and seeing familiar faces around town.

Mark has lived in group housing situations in the Netherlands and Tunisia, and also spent two years living and working with Amish produce farmers in western Pennsylvania. Beyond promoting alternative housing/lifestyle solutions through cooperative housing and homesteading, Mark aims to provide cultural space for those who don’t subscribe to the conventional American Dream, by promoting self-empowerment and seeking to remove stigma around sexuality and drug use. Mark has worked in harm reduction and HIV prevention and is also a member of the Drug Policy Alliance.

Marks enjoys reading classical Arabic, playing euchre, and seeing familiar faces around town.

Sean Duffey

Sean Duffie (He/Him/His)

Forest Hills Northern High School, Educator, Organizer

Sean Duffie and is a Spanish-Immersion teacher at Forest Hills Northern High School. He coaches a 25-member high-school writing club and slam team that meets weekly and publishes a literary/arts magazine every school year. His experience training as a Louder than a Bomb! national organizer in cemented his passion for injecting intersectionality and youth voices into his teaching and writing. Working side-by-side with students, he helps them become adults who will work to bring the marginalized to the center in whatever realm they work and live in. Outside of teaching and serving the Diatribe Board of Directors, Sean is an adjunct professor of Spanish at Grand Valley State University. 

Sean holds an Education Specialist pre-doctoral degree in Education Leadership, as well as an M.Ed. in Spanish Curriculum and Instruction from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he was fortunate enough to emphasize in 20th century and contemporary Caribbean poetry. His experience training as a Louder than a Bomb! national organizer in March 2016 cemented his passion for injecting intersectionality into his teaching and revisiting bias in Social Studies curriculum. Working side-by-side with students, he helps them become adults who will work to bring the marginalized to the center in whatever realm they work and live in.

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Aaron Turner (He/Him/His)

Aaron Turner the Development Director at WGVU Public Media which is our local PBS and NPR affiliate. He is an alum of Michigan State University and also has a Nonprofit Leadership Certification from The University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Nonprofits and the arts have been a passion for him and he loves the work that those entities do within our communities. Aaron has worked in nonprofit fund development for the better part of 17 years. He is also active in the community, serving on boards for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Varnum Law, The Diatribe, The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, and the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. 

In his personal time, he loves to travel, cook, attend sporting events and enjoy life. Also, he is an avid music lover and I love spending time with his family and friends.

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Andrea Wallace – Dre (She/Her/Hers)

Entrepreneur, investor and musician , Andrea Wallace (best known as Dre) has passion for building business and empowering those who are part of the creative economy. Dre has invested in projects across industries, including music/entertainment, technology and most recently, consumer products.

 A west Michigan native, Dre has spent the last 13 years strategizing innovative technology solutions for some of the largest companies in the country. She currently owns the innovation portfolio and manages product development for Emergent Holdings, Inc. in a division called Business Lab which is responsible for bringing forth cutting-edge innovations for the health insurtech industry.

 What Dre is most known for is being “Super”. Dre has been an accomplished music producer and DJ for nearly 15 years performing at venues around the world and producing music for other artists, TV shows and documentaries. With that strong passion for music and technology, Dre founded Fourtifeye, a music-tech startup focused on using data to drive more meaningful connections between musicians, fans and brands. She also received the 2019 Nolan Groce Business Leadership Award for her work in the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 Follow Dre’s adventures on social at @superdrizzy

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