Our Staff

Executive Leadership

Dick Bulkowski, MA

Dick Bulkowski, MA

Executive Director

Dick Bulkowski was part of the core team that launched Steepletown in 1993. He currently serves as the Executive Director. Dick has his MA in Theology from the Oblate School of Theology which focused significantly on community development. Dick served as a Kent County Commissioner for 10 years representing several urban core neighborhoods of Grand Rapids.

Phone:(616) 451-4215 Ext 101

Workforce Development

Emilio Zamarripa, BSW

Emilio Zamarripa, BSW

Workforce Development Director

Emilio started at Steepletown nine years ago as a GVSU undergraduate intern, was hired as a youth case manager, and is now the Workforce Development Director. His personal mission is to empower youth and young adults to pursue their academic and professional goals. Emilio puts his passion into practice through advocacy, community engagement, and education.

Korey Anderson

Korey Anderson

JobStart Coordinator

Korey Anderson has over 15 years experience in Workforce Development and is a certified GCDF (Global Career Development Facilitator) as well as a certified Business Solutions Professional (BSP) with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit field. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Career Development, Job Coaching, and Conflict Resolution.

Teresa Rivera

Teresa Rivera

Apprentice Career Coach

Teresa Rivera started at Steepletown last fall as an intern as part of her MSW program at Ferris State University. In August she was hired to serve as the Apprentice Coach to continue her work with Steepletown’s early childhood educator apprenticeship training program, working directly with the apprentices.

JP Arangure

JP Arangure

Case Manager

JP Arangure comes to Steepletown after working with the Kent School Service Network as a School Community Coordinator. He is a GVSU graduate and is pursuing his Masters in Social Innovation. JP has a passion for working with youth and finding ways to eliminate barriers that have prevented them from reaching their goals. His personal mission is to create positive sustainable change and advocate for equity for all people.

Nyla Cones

Nyla Cones

Case Manager

Nyla is a native of Grand Rapids, MI. She is a product of the Grand Rapids Public School System and earned her A.A. from Grand Rapids Community College. Nyla holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and has over 15 years of experience in the field of Social Service. Her personal goal is to continue to advocate for criminal justice reform, equality in education and to empower families to overcome boundaries.

KitchenSage

Karen Chaffee

Karen Chaffee

Acting Director of Kitchen Sage