Our Board Of Directors & Advisory Board
We can’t thank enough all the people that make this place possible.
As a nonprofit, we put together a strong advisory board & board of directors who make sure this place works and that the youth of Grand Rapids can have access to the mental health resources they deserve. These people rock.
Our Advisors & Directors
Dr. Robert D. Lehman, PhD, LPC; Counseling Program Director & Professor of Counseling Ministries; Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Robert Lehman is Professor of Counseling at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary where he has been teaching since 1996. Prior to coming to Grand Rapids , he served as Pastor of Counseling at West Park Baptist Church in London, Ontario for over 12 years. Dr. Lehman received a Master of Divinity degree from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary and went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa . He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development from the University of Iowa . In his spare time, Dr. Lehman enjoys canoeing and camping in Canada.
Dr. Patricia L. Janes, PhD; Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Patricia Janes joined GVSU in 2012 as an associate professor. She most recently was a professor at Central Michigan University in the recreation, parks and leisure services administration department where she spend the past 21 years. Her career began with the Marriott Corporation in catering, sales, marketing and training. Janes’ has continued her professional work in the industry having consulted with over twenty leisure businesses on developing more effective marketing, event, quality service and quality of work life/human resources practices with hospitality, tourism and recreation based organizations.
Patty’s writing and research has focused on developing effective marketing strategies, training practices, event issues, and quality of work life in the hospitality and leisure industry. In 2006, Janes published her first book titled, “Marketing in Leisure and Tourism: Reaching New Heights”. She has also conducted over 30 professional presentations, published 11 articles/book chapters since 2000.
Scott McKnight, LMSW, MBA; Founding Director of 3rdchair
Scott founded 3rdchair to meet the needs of young adults of Grand Rapids. He has made it a full-time endeavor to counsel, mentor, and speak to schools, colleges, churches, seminaries and other groups regarding the challenges facing today’s youth. Scott works in groups or one on one and is gifted in dealing with sexual abuse, addictions, self-injury, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and relationship struggles. He makes it easy for young people to communicate how they really feel and gives them the tools to articulate their thoughts. He works with people so they can build constructive relationships with others by being aware of the needs around them. Scott received his Masters of Social Work in Clinical Practice from Western Michigan University as well as further training through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Joni L. Cook, LBSW; Social Work Case Manager maternal health program, Cherry Street Health Services
Joni's heart beats for watching individuals discover their true selves and learn to live out their unique life calling. She has a vocational background in social work and currently works in the Maternal Infant Health Program at Cherry Health. Since the start of working with pregnant women and their infants in 2009, Joni has grown in her passion to support this particular population. This passion has led her to pursue multiple trainings related to pregnancy to empower her clients in their journey. Beyond her current employment, Joni has experience in mentoring high school and college students as well as significant training in prayer ministry. A deep passion that is woven into her vocation, volunteer engagements, and personal life is that of holistic health and wellness.
Lisa E. Anderson, founding director of Grace's Table
Lisa Anderson founded Grace’s Table, a ministry that comes alongside teen mothers as they transition from adolescence into motherhood. She works to create a safe space for mothers and their children to engage in healthy relationships with peers and adults. Through 1:1 and group mentoring, she works with teen mothers to establish stability, achieve educational milestones, learn parenting skills, and explore a personal relationship with Jesus. Her passion to see teen moms achieve, sustain, and launch into independence is derived from her journey as a teen mom and years of mentoring youth.
Lisa has been mentoring youth and and developing volunteers for 5 years; the majority of which have been focused on teen mothers. Lisa has more than 15 years of financial, legal, and business experience in various financial service positions with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and GE Commercial Finance.
She is mother to one adult son, and enjoys creating warm, inviting spaces which foster opportunities to engage with others on a deeper level. Her recreational pursuits also include gardening and reading.
Kyle A. Los, Managing Director, Actors’ Theatre, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Kyle Los is the Managing Director of Actors’ Theatre in Grand Rapids. With an educational background in Philosophy and Theology, and practical work experience in workplace design, hospitality, and psychology, Kyle has a passion for seeking to understand the way people think, live, and work, and create effective human-centered businesses. In his current role as Managing Director of Actors’ Theatre, Kyle manages and produces high-impact theatrical storytelling, in addition to creating new programming and other business development. Actors’ Theatre’s mission is to produce thought-provoking theatrical works – topics ranging from racism, psychological disorders, family relationship, LGBTQ, women’s rights, and other such issues. 3rdchair and Actors’ Theatre have partnered in public discussions to create greater community impact.
James W. Cahill, Retired Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer, Grand Rapids Label Company; Grand Rapids, Michigan
James Cahill service as the Chief Financial Officer for the Grand Rapids Label Company for over 25 years. His responsibilities included responsibility for all of the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company, to include the development of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results.
Participates in developing new business, specifically: assist the director in identifying new funding opportunities, the drafting of prospective programmatic budgets, and determining cost effectiveness of prospective service delivery.
Lisa. J. Rathbun, LMSW, ACSW, OTR; Therapist specializing in trauma
Lisa has been in private practice since 2003. She has extensive experience in trauma resolution and has been trained in EMDR since 2001. Lisa works with a wide age range providing diverse treatment modalities for anxiety, mood disorders, family of origin issues, addictions, academic and occupational performance struggles, stress, relationship difficulties, and more. She has a background in psychiatric occupational therapy making up a 30+ year career in mental health.