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Vanessa Greene graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor in Science and Masters in Higher Education Administration. Her professional career has included six years in vocational rehabilitation; five years as an entrepreneur; and seven years in Continuing Education at Grand Valley State University. She began her position as Director of Multicultural Education at Hope College in October 2003. Due to her passion in serving others, Vanessa’s professional life intersects with her personal life and community service. She believes in the quote by Mathama Ghandi, “we must become the change we want to see in the world.” Whether at work, church or in the community, Vanessa is always actively promoting and fostering change for a better community; emphasizing education as the greatest vehicle towards change.
During her tenure at Hope College, she has led numerous new initiatives, including extensive programming in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez, including, luncheons and programs with keynote speakers, marches, film reviews, diversity workshops, and dialogues. She works with faculty, administrators, student groups, and community leaders to create greater awareness and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. She developed a Multicultural Leadership program and has sponsored highly successful leadership conferences and retreats for students. But she is most proud of the achievement of students, as this is the ultimate goal, which is essential to the future of our society.
Ernesto Villarreal, the new Assistant Director of OME earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Family Ministry and Spanish and a Masters degree in Higher Education from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas. He served as the Director of Diversity Services at Milligan College in Milligan,TN for over three years. He has experience in residential life, judicial affairs, student activities, admissions and multicultural affairs. He is well equipped to support the efforts of OME and the institutional mission of preparing students for lives of leadership and service in a global society.
Margo Ramos Kendall
Margo Ramos Kendall has a Bachelors degree in secondary education, with an emphasis in theatre from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Most recently, she worked at St. Francis de Sales Church in Holland. She brings strong customer service and office management experience. She is passionate about diversity and the success of students. She has worked on numerous theatre productions with the Holland Civic Theatre, which has allowed her to use her leadership, creative and visionary skills to impact the lives of many people from all ages and backgrounds.