Directors

As you may have read on our organization page, board meetings take place at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at our office (700 Clancy Ave NE) and are open to the public. November and May are semi-annual general membership meetings which may be held at Coit Creative Arts Academy and East Leonard Elementary School respectively. The Development and Mobility committees meet separately; contact us for more information. Archived meeting materials can be found on the board and committees page.

Staff

Elianna Bootzin, Executive Director and Community Organizer

Elianna came to NOBL in 2017 with 7 years of nonprofit administration experience, accumulated through several positions at Feeding America West Michigan. Some of her favorite adventures living in Belknap during that time include gardening, sledding at Mary Waters Park, and more recently dog walking. She’s looking forward to becoming better acquainted with many more neighbors. You can learn more about her in an interview with our partners at New Development Corporation.

Board

Loren Sturrus, Board Chair & Secretary – I am a young professional living in the neighborhood with my wife and two dogs.  I am also an attorney and own and rent a couple of properties in the area.  I love living in the neighborhood and I am always interested in new projects focusing on urbanism, renewables, and the environment. I also enjoy yoga and racing pigeons.

Todd Leinberger, Board Vice Chair – I am excited to collectively navigate our future. I support the young people in our neighborhood and I considered it a privilege to play a role in bringing a day camp for the past two summers to Coit Creative Arts Academy. I have over 16 years of nonprofit leadership and management experience, and look forward to using it to better our neighborhood.

Rob Kennedy, Board Treasurer – I’ve been a resident of the Belknap Lookout neighborhood for 2.5 years. My wife, Rebekah, and I bought a ‘project’ house and have been slowly remodeling our home over the last several months. My background includes 21 years of law enforcement as a Reserve Deputy and I’m currently employed as a Realtor for RE/MAX United.

Brian Bremer, Board Member – I have been a resident and landlord in Belknap Lookout for 20 plus years. During that time I spent 10 years on the Board and served on many committees.

Barbara LaBeau, Board Member – Moved to Grand Rapids nine years ago from the east side of the state. Purchased a home in the Belknap neighborhood 9 years ago, and enjoys living in the city.  Retiring from the field of education 3 years ago, I now find time to become more active in the neighborhood.

Loretta Klimaszewski, Board Member – The main goal I would like to achieve as a member of the NOBL board is the continued use of the lot at 762 North for the purpose of a community garden. I have previously served a full term on the NOBL board, participating in the lease and development of a community garden on North street. I have been a resident of the Belknap Community for thirty years. I was involved with the Michigan Education Association for over twenty years and completed an internship with the National Education Association.

Dean Rosendall, Board Member – Belknap is an area I care deeply about. I enjoy working in construction, sustainability, finance, and organizational/systems. My main occupation is with a Grand Rapids based commercial construction firm and I work to leverage that experience to assist NOBL when new construction projects are presented to our neighborhood. I believe as a neighborhood we can apply sustainable practices, and if we work for the greater good, we can create a fantastic place to live!

Jonathon Swets, Board Member ​- I’ve lived in the NOBL neighborhood for over 25 years. Although I am an educator with several degrees (AA, BA, MA, EdS, EdD) I also know how to roof a house, frame a house, paint a house, plant a garden, do cement flatwork and generally I get along with people who have dirty fingernails better than those with lots of money. I have no political affiliations other than I look for those who care about the poor. My friends are Latino, Black, White, Christian, Muslim, Agnostic and Atheist. We all share the philosophy that we need to help each other. When Jesus was asked what his favorite commandment he said, besides love God with all your heart, love your neighbor was as important. I see lots of opportunity for NOBL to do just that. Let’s help each other become better, happier, more secure and hopeful.