As Program Coordinator, Ella spends her days planning and executing programs, communicating with member families, and overseeing all things program related. Although she loves everything about the Center, she most enjoys building relationships with member families and walking alongside them as they navigate their children’s medical journeys.
A cancer survivor herself, Ella knows the positive impact that being surrounded by a supportive community can have – being a member of the Center’s AYA Movement provided her with incredible social and emotional support when she needed it most. Navigating a serious illness as a teenager in a children’s hospital made her extremely aware of the gaps in care that many families experience and inspired her to pursue a career that would allow her to support kids with challenging diagnoses and their families.
Ella graduated from Calvin University with her bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Psychology. Although her long-term plans likely include pursuing her master’s degree, she is incredibly grateful to currently be spending her time with some of the strongest kids and parents she knows. Before she was on staff, Ella volunteered for a few years at the Center and fell in love with its mission!
When she is not at the Center, you will likely find Ella spending quality time with her family, friends, and her husband, Jonathan. Ella loves being outside and exploring new places. Growing up in Grand Haven, she has a deep love for Lake Michigan and relaxing with a good book at the beach.Read More About Ella