Our Team

The people who are making a difference every day.

Megan Allen

Megan Allen

Classroom Coordinator-Momentum

Megan joined the Urban Alliance team in November 2018 as a Momentum Supports Coordinator. Megan was born and raised in the Kalamazoo community but ventured down to Kansas City where she received her undergraduate at Park University. Since graduating, she spent her career in the banking industry where her greatest joy with the job was building relationships with people. Her passion for people and the core of who they are led her to this line of work. Her belief is that there is hope in everyone’s story. She believes hope, compassion and empathy can transform lives.

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When not working, you can find Megan spending time with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Megan loves traveling, being outdoors and trying new and exciting things.
Joe Brown

Joe Brown

Director of Operations

Joe is a Kalamazoo native, and spent a career in advanced manufacturing and engineering. Joe enjoys implementing systems and creating structure to facilitate growth and to strengthen organizations. He says, “Working with Urban Alliance has been a life changing experience and I am blessed to be able to focus my efforts on impacting the community by supporting an incredible team. It is an honor to serve our friends in the community and I look forward to seeing continued transformations of lives and families.”

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Joe is married with five children and two grandchildren. When not focusing on Urban Alliance he is an avid reader, artist, author and outdoor enthusiast.
Sharon Dever

Sharon Dever

Administrative Coordinator

Bio to come.

Kayla Fuller

Kayla Fuller

Supports Coordinator

Kayla joined the Urban Alliance team in April of 2018 as a Momentum Support Coordinator. Kayla Graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Social Work after first becoming involved in the Momentum Program by serving as a student intern during her undergraduate studies. Kayla’s passion lies in building meaningful relationships, supporting others in their life journeys and celebrating diversity.
Kayla shares “I believe that every individual possesses the ability to achieve their goals, however, when surrounded by genuine love and support, that ability flourishes and that is what I strive to provide for others.”

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When she is not working, Kayla shares that she enjoys camping at various state parks throughout Northern Michigan and exploring local nature preserves with her husband.
 Scott Goodwin

Scott Goodwin

Engagement Manager

Scott came to Urban Alliance in June 2018 as Volunteer Coordinator and Engagement Manager, having spent the better part of two decades working with non-profits and in education with students of all age groups. He is passionate about intentional community and building life affirming relationships, believing that ‘life is designed to be lived, together, in the service of others.’ Like all Urban Alliance staff, Scott strives to help individuals see that all people have value and, seeks to change systems that operate as though some people are more valuable than others.

Read more
Scott is happily married and father to three active children. When not running back and forth between soccer games, track meets, dance recitals, and band concerts, he is likely to be found grilling dinner in his backyard, taking a stroll by the river, or hanging out at his favorite place, the local library.
Esteven Juarez

Esteven Juarez

Director of Outreach

Esto’s journey to Urban Alliance is far different from everyone else’s, as he is a product of over 15 years of pursuit by our Outreach Initiative. During his teenage years, Esto founded and led a gang in the Edison Neighborhood, during this time he made many decisions which nearly landed him in prison for life. Esto shared this, “my life was a mess, the options at that time were life in prison or eventual death due to my choices. However, the Lord had a plan for my life and led me down a different path filled with light, life, and joy.”

Read more
Esto is now the Director of the Urban Outreach Initiative at Urban Alliance, this is what he has to say in regards to why he does this work. “I remember the times in my life where I was broken, lost and without direction. But, there was someone that continually showed up in my life, someone who loved and cared for me.” Esto believes that through his position he is now able to demonstrate that same love, care, and compassion, with the hopes that those he interacts with will find new life and transformation.

When he is not working, you can find Esto in fellowship with his family in friends whether that’s at the beach or in his back yard grilling out.

Luke Kujacznski

Luke Kujacznski

Executive Director

Luke Kujacznski came to Urban Alliance after successfully starting, building, running, and then selling a business in the construction industry. He originally started at Urban Alliance as a volunteer, and then became the second momentum director. When the prior executive director suffered a significant medical issue, he stepped up and led the organization through the crisis, first as interim director and then as the executive director. In the three subsequent years, he has led the organization from being supported by three part-time staff on a $450,000 annual budget, to having a $2,500,000 annual budget with 15 full-time staff in 2018.

Read more
Luke has a passion for justice and mercy. He loves second and third chances, because he has experience that grace for himself in the past. He believes strongly in the transformative power of relationships and works to ensure all members of this community have access to pathways of hope. He says, “During difficult times in my life I learned the value of relationship in communicating one’s value, and these relationships gave me hope for the future. I want others to have hope, to see the good in the world and in the eyes of those closest to them. I consider it an honor to play a small part in creating hope for those without hope.”

Luke was recently selected by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as being a “40 under 40” business leader who is making a significant impact in West Michigan. Kujacznski has a B.A. in management and leadership development on top of extensive for-profit business experience. When not working, Luke enjoys spending time with his beautiful family, reading thought provoking books, and fishing.

 Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Associate Director of Operations

Nicole joined the Urban Alliance team in September 2015 with an instinctive desire to serve others wherever they are at in life. She says, “I work here because I see individuals who have lost hope in themselves and in their future. By building relationships and continuously speaking value through my words and actions, I am able to walk alongside individuals as they regain hope and journey on their path of transformation. Nicole shares that it is a privilege for her to play a small role in the transformation that is taking place in our community. She says, “Urban Alliance is a part of a bigger picture and plays an important role in the evolution of how we view individuals, not only in Kalamazoo, but in the state and throughout the nation.

Read more
Originally from Allegan, Nicole moved to Kalamazoo and this has become her home. Nicole recently purchased a beautiful home in the Edison neighborhood. Nicole obtained an Associate’s of Science in Accounting from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and is 2017 graduate of Cornerstone University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Ministry Leadership.

Nicole shares that she is a traveling fanatic and lover of anything coffee. On her days off, you will often find her riding her motorcycle, working on her house, building something, or spending time outdoors.

Jamilah Parker

Jamilah Parker

Classroom Coordinator-Momentum

Jamilah joined the Urban Alliance team in May of 2019 as a Classroom Coordinator. She was born and raised in Kalamazoo, graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School. Jamilah spent the past 8 years in a career banking related but she always knew her hearts passion was to be a resource in her community by being able to guide and help others come out of situations or circumstances that prevented them from being the best version of themselves. Jamilah takes pride in seeing individuals as human beings and not allowing their barriers to define who they are.

Read more
Since joining Urban Alliance Jamilah has been able to seamlessly build relationships and trust with not only her new work family, but current students, graduates and future students as well. Jamilah believes that an individual should be given a second chance at being the best version of themselves and Urban Alliance helps provide that by walking side by side with a person until we reach that finish line, together. She loves the open door policy that Urban Alliance provides as it gives her and her team the opportunity to serve their community in ways some would never imagine!

Jamilah has a son and daughter both in middle school who are the light of her life. When not working you can find them all walking around downtown, listening to music, watching movies or finding a new breakfast spot to try as breakfast is their all time favorite meal anytime of the day! Jamilah also enjoys traveling and opening herself and her children up to new experiences, environments and cultures.

 Brian Parsons

Brian Parsons

Senior Director of Programming

Brian Parsons is an excellent communicator and motivator with over 20 years of experience in classroom facilitation and program development, specializing is serving diverse people groups. Prior to coming to Urban Alliance, Parsons worked for the past 10 years assisting individuals returning to the community after incarceration. Most recently, he ran 3 prisoner reentry programs for Life Skills, Employment and Housing.

Read more
Brian has a passion to see people overcome their pasts, transform their lives and achieve their goals, something he has had to do himself. He says, “Momentum has given me the opportunity to create and run the program that working for the government never allowed me to do; to customize for each person’s unique needs and challenges. That is the thing that sets Urban Alliance apart; everything we do starts with and flow out of relationship.”
Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Classroom Coordinator

Jacob Pinney-Johnson is a 4th- generation Kalamazoo resident. A recipient of the Kalamazoo Promise, he holds a B.A in Social Work with a Minor in Holistic Health from Western Michigan University. Jacob joined the Urban Alliance team in July of 2018 as Classroom Coordinator. He brings with him experience in racial equity, health & wellness, youth development, family support and social justice/advocacy work.

Read more
Jacob has drive and dedication to being part of the success and upliftment of his community. Part of this drive comes from his parents and grandfather who instilled in him a drive for social justice and being a part of the change that he wants to see in the world.

In addition to having a passion for community empowerment, Jacob enjoys being a husband and father of two!

Chris Pompey

Chris Pompey

Director of Momentum

Gadson Chris Pompey joined the Urban Alliance team in April of 2018, bringing many years of non-profit and management experience. He was born and raised in the inner city of Baltimore, MD. Currently Chris is finishing his formal education through Purdue Global University enrolled in the Masters’ of Psychology with a concentration in Addictions. Chris understands the pit of addiction after overcoming his own. He attributes his freedom to his rededication to Christ 15 years ago. Read more

Growing up and seeing the devastation of what addiction does to a community has caused a burning desire to see others free. Once a part of the problem he is relentless to help others free from addiction. Gadson shares, “I feel helping others is a calling not a duty.”

When not working Gadson can be found spending time with his family, as he states it is his main priority. Gadson is married with four adult children and three beautiful grandchildren. Gadson also shares that his faith in Christ is the core of his existence.

Quinnetta Simmons

Quinnetta Simmons

Momentum Business Network Manager

Quinnetta is a Three Rivers native and graduated from both Central Michigan and Western Michigan Universities with a focus in cultural anthropology. As a former Director of Human Resources, she brings a perfect blend of policy experience and people skills. “Q” as she affectionately goes by, spent most of her career in Higher Education. However she is no stranger to the non-profit world. She is gifted at developing relationships and cultivating one’s potential.

Read more
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys being outside, gardening and sharing stories over a camp fire.
Janelle Williams

Janelle Williams

Momentum Program Supervisor

Janelle joined Urban Alliance team in June 2017 as a Momentum Classroom Coordinator. Janelle is a certified life coach and sports coach and plans to use these acquired skills to help people become their best selves. She believes everyone has the ability to overcome their life circumstances and achieve their dreams and goals. Janelle says, ‘working at Urban Alliance gives me the freedom to put my passions to work and see people develop and grow into the men and women they desire to be.”

Read more
Janelle is a wife, mom, and aunt. She loves spending time with her family, being active, and seeing the latest movie whenever she can get a night out with her husband.
Luke Kujacznski

Luke Kujacznski

Executive Director

Luke Kujacznski came to Urban Alliance after successfully starting, building, running, and then selling a business in the construction industry. He originally started at Urban Alliance as a volunteer, and then became the second momentum director. When the prior executive director suffered a significant medical issue, he stepped up and led the organization through the crisis, first as interim director and then as the executive director. In the three subsequent years, he has led the organization from being supported by three part-time staff on a $450,000 annual budget, to having a $2,500,000 annual budget with 15 full-time staff in 2018.

Read more
Luke has a passion for justice and mercy. He loves second and third chances, because he has experience that grace for himself in the past. He believes strongly in the transformative power of relationships and works to ensure all members of this community have access to pathways of hope. He says, “During difficult times in my life I learned the value of relationship in communicating one’s value, and these relationships gave me hope for the future. I want others to have hope, to see the good in the world and in the eyes of those closest to them. I consider it an honor to play a small part in creating hope for those without hope.”

Luke was recently selected by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as being a “40 under 40” business leader who is making a significant impact in West Michigan. Kujacznski has a B.A. in management and leadership development on top of extensive for-profit business experience. When not working, Luke enjoys spending time with his beautiful family, reading thought provoking books, and fishing.

 Brian Parsons

Brian Parsons

Senior Director of Programming

Brian Parsons is an excellent communicator and motivator with over 20 years of experience in classroom facilitation and program development, specializing is serving diverse people groups. Prior to coming to Urban Alliance, Parsons worked for the past 10 years assisting individuals returning to the community after incarceration. Most recently, he ran 3 prisoner reentry programs for Life Skills, Employment and Housing.

Read more
Brian has a passion to see people overcome their pasts, transform their lives and achieve their goals, something he has had to do himself. He says, “Momentum has given me the opportunity to create and run the program that working for the government never allowed me to do; to customize for each person’s unique needs and challenges. That is the thing that sets Urban Alliance apart; everything we do starts with and flow out of relationship.”
Joe Brown

Joe Brown

Director of Operations

Joe is a Kalamazoo native, and spent a career in advanced manufacturing and engineering. Joe enjoys implementing systems and creating structure to facilitate growth and to strengthen organizations. He says, “Working with Urban Alliance has been a life changing experience and I am blessed to be able to focus my efforts on impacting the community by supporting an incredible team. It is an honor to serve our friends in the community and I look forward to seeing continued transformations of lives and families.”

Read more
Joe is married with five children and two grandchildren. When not focusing on Urban Alliance he is an avid reader, artist, author and outdoor enthusiast.
Chris Pompey

Chris Pompey

Director of Momentum

Gadson Chris Pompey joined the Urban Alliance team in April of 2018, bringing many years of non-profit and management experience. He was born and raised in the inner city of Baltimore, MD. Currently Chris is finishing his formal education through Purdue Global University enrolled in the Masters’ of Psychology with a concentration in Addictions. Chris understands the pit of addiction after overcoming his own. He attributes his freedom to his rededication to Christ 15 years ago. Read more

Growing up and seeing the devastation of what addiction does to a community has caused a burning desire to see others free. Once a part of the problem he is relentless to help others free from addiction. Gadson shares, “I feel helping others is a calling not a duty.”

When not working Gadson can be found spending time with his family, as he states it is his main priority. Gadson is married with four adult children and three beautiful grandchildren. Gadson also shares that his faith in Christ is the core of his existence.

Esteven Juarez

Esteven Juarez

Director of Outreach

Esto’s journey to Urban Alliance is far different from everyone else’s, as he is a product of over 15 years of pursuit by our Outreach Initiative. During his teenage years, Esto founded and led a gang in the Edison Neighborhood, during this time he made many decisions which nearly landed him in prison for life. Esto shared this, “my life was a mess, the options at that time were life in prison or eventual death due to my choices. However, the Lord had a plan for my life and led me down a different path filled with light, life, and joy.”

Read more
Esto is now the Director of the Urban Outreach Initiative at Urban Alliance, this is what he has to say in regards to why he does this work. “I remember the times in my life where I was broken, lost and without direction. But, there was someone that continually showed up in my life, someone who loved and cared for me.” Esto believes that through his position he is now able to demonstrate that same love, care, and compassion, with the hopes that those he interacts with will find new life and transformation.

When he is not working, you can find Esto in fellowship with his family in friends whether that’s at the beach or in his back yard grilling out.

 Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller

Associate Director of Operations

Nicole joined the Urban Alliance team in September 2015 with an instinctive desire to serve others wherever they are at in life. She says, “I work here because I see individuals who have lost hope in themselves and in their future. By building relationships and continuously speaking value through my words and actions, I am able to walk alongside individuals as they regain hope and journey on their path of transformation. Nicole shares that it is a privilege for her to play a small role in the transformation that is taking place in our community. She says, “Urban Alliance is a part of a bigger picture and plays an important role in the evolution of how we view individuals, not only in Kalamazoo, but in the state and throughout the nation.

Read more
Originally from Allegan, Nicole moved to Kalamazoo and this has become her home. Nicole recently purchased a beautiful home in the Edison neighborhood. Nicole obtained an Associate’s of Science in Accounting from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and is 2017 graduate of Cornerstone University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Ministry Leadership.

Nicole shares that she is a traveling fanatic and lover of anything coffee. On her days off, you will often find her riding her motorcycle, working on her house, building something, or spending time outdoors.

 Scott Goodwin

Scott Goodwin

Engagement Manager

Scott came to Urban Alliance in June 2018 as Volunteer Coordinator and Engagement Manager, having spent the better part of two decades working with non-profits and in education with students of all age groups. He is passionate about intentional community and building life affirming relationships, believing that ‘life is designed to be lived, together, in the service of others.’ Like all Urban Alliance staff, Scott strives to help individuals see that all people have value and, seeks to change systems that operate as though some people are more valuable than others.

Read more
Scott is happily married and father to three active children. When not running back and forth between soccer games, track meets, dance recitals, and band concerts, he is likely to be found grilling dinner in his backyard, taking a stroll by the river, or hanging out at his favorite place, the local library.
Quinnetta Simmons

Quinnetta Simmons

Momentum Business Network Manager

Quinnetta is a Three Rivers native and graduated from both Central Michigan and Western Michigan Universities with a focus in cultural anthropology. As a former Director of Human Resources, she brings a perfect blend of policy experience and people skills. “Q” as she affectionately goes by, spent most of her career in Higher Education. However she is no stranger to the non-profit world. She is gifted at developing relationships and cultivating one’s potential.

Read more
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She also enjoys being outside, gardening and sharing stories over a camp fire.
Janelle Williams

Janelle Williams

Momentum Program Supervisor

Janelle joined Urban Alliance team in June 2017 as a Momentum Classroom Coordinator. Janelle is a certified life coach and sports coach and plans to use these acquired skills to help people become their best selves. She believes everyone has the ability to overcome their life circumstances and achieve their dreams and goals. Janelle says, ‘working at Urban Alliance gives me the freedom to put my passions to work and see people develop and grow into the men and women they desire to be.”

Read more
Janelle is a wife, mom, and aunt. She loves spending time with her family, being active, and seeing the latest movie whenever she can get a night out with her husband.
Sharon Dever

Sharon Dever

Administrative Coordinator

Bio to come.

Jamilah Parker

Jamilah Parker

Classroom Coordinator-Momentum

Jamilah joined the Urban Alliance team in May of 2019 as a Classroom Coordinator. She was born and raised in Kalamazoo, graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School. Jamilah spent the past 8 years in a career banking related but she always knew her hearts passion was to be a resource in her community by being able to guide and help others come out of situations or circumstances that prevented them from being the best version of themselves. Jamilah takes pride in seeing individuals as human beings and not allowing their barriers to define who they are.

Read more
Since joining Urban Alliance Jamilah has been able to seamlessly build relationships and trust with not only her new work family, but current students, graduates and future students as well. Jamilah believes that an individual should be given a second chance at being the best version of themselves and Urban Alliance helps provide that by walking side by side with a person until we reach that finish line, together. She loves the open door policy that Urban Alliance provides as it gives her and her team the opportunity to serve their community in ways some would never imagine!

Jamilah has a son and daughter both in middle school who are the light of her life. When not working you can find them all walking around downtown, listening to music, watching movies or finding a new breakfast spot to try as breakfast is their all time favorite meal anytime of the day! Jamilah also enjoys traveling and opening herself and her children up to new experiences, environments and cultures.

Megan Allen

Megan Allen

Classroom Coordinator-Momentum

Megan joined the Urban Alliance team in November 2018 as a Momentum Supports Coordinator. Megan was born and raised in the Kalamazoo community but ventured down to Kansas City where she received her undergraduate at Park University. Since graduating, she spent her career in the banking industry where her greatest joy with the job was building relationships with people. Her passion for people and the core of who they are led her to this line of work. Her belief is that there is hope in everyone’s story. She believes hope, compassion and empathy can transform lives.

Read more
When not working, you can find Megan spending time with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Megan loves traveling, being outdoors and trying new and exciting things.
Kayla Fuller

Kayla Fuller

Supports Coordinator

Kayla joined the Urban Alliance team in April of 2018 as a Momentum Support Coordinator. Kayla Graduated from Western Michigan University with a Master’s degree in Social Work after first becoming involved in the Momentum Program by serving as a student intern during her undergraduate studies. Kayla’s passion lies in building meaningful relationships, supporting others in their life journeys and celebrating diversity.
Kayla shares “I believe that every individual possesses the ability to achieve their goals, however, when surrounded by genuine love and support, that ability flourishes and that is what I strive to provide for others.”

Read more
When she is not working, Kayla shares that she enjoys camping at various state parks throughout Northern Michigan and exploring local nature preserves with her husband.
Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Jacob Pinney-Johnson

Classroom Coordinator

Jacob Pinney-Johnson is a 4th- generation Kalamazoo resident. A recipient of the Kalamazoo Promise, he holds a B.A in Social Work with a Minor in Holistic Health from Western Michigan University. Jacob joined the Urban Alliance team in July of 2018 as Classroom Coordinator. He brings with him experience in racial equity, health & wellness, youth development, family support and social justice/advocacy work.

Read more
Jacob has drive and dedication to being part of the success and upliftment of his community. Part of this drive comes from his parents and grandfather who instilled in him a drive for social justice and being a part of the change that he wants to see in the world.

In addition to having a passion for community empowerment, Jacob enjoys being a husband and father of two!

Our Board

Rev. Nathaniel Bull

President of Urban Apostolic Network

Terra Bautista

JJ Henn

Attorney at Miller Johnson

Todd Kingma

General Counsel, Perrigo

Albert Little

Vice President-Business Development, Greenleaf Trust

Matt Luckas

Vice President, Hanson Logistics

Dwayne Powell Jr.

Neighborhood Business & Special Projects Coordinator

Beth Washington

Director Of Diversity and Inclusion at Bronson Healthcare

Our Partners

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