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Meet the team

Cyekeia Lee - Director

I joined The Learning Network in November 2016 after serving as the Director of Higher Education Initiatives at the National Association for the Education of Homeless Youth and Children. I hold my Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Education from Wayne State University. I am deeply committed to removing education barriers for vulnerable students and supporting access to high quality education.

POP QUIZ!

Who inspires you:  
Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Viola Davis

What are you passionate about:
Removing education barriers for vulnerable students.
Giving back to others.
Serving the community.

What is the last book you read:
The Birds of Opulence, God Help the Child, and Peace from Broken Pieces

If you were a crayon, what color would you be:
Gingerbread Brown

What were your favorite subjects in school: 
English, Drama, and Science 

Email Cyekeia at clee@kalfound.org


Katie Paauwe - Assistant

I have been with the Kalamazoo Community Foundation since 2013, and I wear many hats in my role! I provide administrative support for The Learning Network while also serving as primary contact for agencies in the community who have endowment funds at the Community Foundation. I have a Bachelor's degree in English and Psychology, and I am committed to philanthropy and volunteering to make the world stronger.

POP QUIZ!

Who inspires you:  
People who are willing to learn and to change, at any age, pushing themselves to be better and to discover greater knowledge. That, to me, is real inspiration.

What are you passionate about:
Grieving children - I am a group leader with a grief counseling organization that focuses on working with children who are experiencing loss and grief.
Making people laugh.
Living a life that makes a positive impact on others. 

What is the last book you read:
The Girl on the Train, Just Mercy, A Children's Illustrated History of Presidential Assassinations, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Pearce, and more! 

If you were a crayon, what color would you be:
Orange. It's bright and happy!

What were your favorite subjects in school: 
Government, English, and also Yearbook!  

Email Katie at kpaauwe@kalfound.org

Jared Volz - Facilitator

I came to The Learning Network in September 2015 following a great time in Washington D.C. where I worked in organizing and campaign consulting. I hold Bachelors degrees in Political Science and Government as well as History.

PoP QUIZ!

Who inspires you:  
Seneca, Schopenhauer, Lao Tzu, Kahlil Gibran

What are you passionate about:
Justice. Effectiveness. Winning. (In that order)

What is the last book you read:
Arnold Toynbee's A Study of History

If you were a crayon, what color would you be:
Blue

What was your favorite subject in school: 
Government

Email Jared at jvolz@kalfound.org