Who We Are

Neighbors of Belknap Lookout (NOBL) is a neighborhood association. Our boundaries are College, Leonard, Michigan and the Grand River. Our neighbors live on the ancestral lands of the Anishnaabe people, the People of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi.

Street map of the Belknap Lookout neighborhood

 

Board and Staff

NOBL is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Its bylaws call for 5 to 9 members. We try to maintain a full contingent of nine. For the past several years, NOBL has had a single paid staff member. She serves as Executive Director and Community Organizer. Recently, we have also hosted social work interns from Grand Valley State University. Learn more about current board and staff members by toggling the drop down below:

Current Members

Board

Cassidy Cvanciger (she/her): I recently moved my State Farm office from the southeast side of downtown to the Belknap Lookout neighborhood, and absolutely love the area, the people, and the community. I would love to help the development and neighborhood in any way that I can. I’m a local small business owner since 2018, my office opened in 2019. I have extensive experience in insurance (10 years), financial planning (9 years), community claims, residential and commercial development/construction (10 years), and new business development for new business owners (3 years). I’m also a key member of the GR “Boss Babes” group, and have created my own “Women’s Business/Professional” group that consists of 26 women across West Michigan that has been going on since early 2019. I’m always looking for ways to improve and grow, and hope to bring some value to NOBL.

Marshall Grate (he/him): I am interested in joining the board because I am committed to make our neighborhood the best place to live in the City. The experiences I bring to fulfill this role: I am currently on the Development committee. I am an attorney with some experience in municipal law.

Kara Harrison Gates (Chair, she/her) – Good neighbors equals a good neighborhood. I want to make a positive impact, meet more neighbors and learn about neighborhood needs.

Scott Huebl (Treasurer, he/him): I am interested in joining the board because I view giving back to my community as a privilege and a responsibility.  I would like to see the Belknap Neighborhood be a wonderful place to live for its diverse residents. The experiences I bring to fulfill this role are the many years I spent in corporate management and sitting on the boards of various organizations.  I believe my accounting background would be beneficial to the NOBL board and, hence, the Belknap neighborhood.

Dan Miller (Vice Chair, he/him): I have lived in the Belknap Lookout neighborhood since 2007 and am eager to play a role in helping it to become a safer community, a more affordable community, and a community with a wider range of services and amenities.  I have served on the NOBL Board for the past three years and on the Community Development Committee for two years. I have served as the Board Secretary and am currently the acting President. Those experiences have taught me a lot about how the Board works and have given me a chance to meet and work with many residents who are active in the neighborhood.

Sheri Munsell (she/her) – I am the founder and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Legit Work from Home Jobs LLC, a job-finding service established in 2019, and the nonprofit Hope Gain Network, founded in 2020, which offers remote career training, advocacy and support. I recently returned to the neighborhood and am eager to rebuild connections with neighbors.

Adam Rogalski (Secretary, he/his): I have been personally connected to the Belknap Lookout neighborhood since 2006. I relocated back to Grand Rapids after college and lived at the Fairview apartments for three years. After spending some time in Chicago, I once again relocated back to Grand Rapids. Since 2011, I have worked to improve distressed properties on nights and weekends. In 2019, there was an opportunity to remodel a fire damaged property located at 707 Livingston. Instead of demolishing it, we took care in modeling the home. I plan to own the home for years to come and hope it is a great rental property for individuals looking to live in the same neighborhood I did. I have experience with non-profit organizations, greater Grand Rapids board membership, government / legislative understanding, philanthropy and real estate. I believe my background as a rental resident and now property owner in the neighborhood would bring a valuable lens and perspective to the board.

Ellie Walborn-Henry (she/her) – Community is important now more than ever, but there is equity work to be done. This work must be done at every level, from individual, family, neighborhoods, workplace, government, and the larger systems of oppression. I have always been a champion for the perspective of those who often go unheeded. Our neighborhood is divided. Microaggression is a very real issue here. The work of a neighborhood association is absolutely necessary, provided that work is done well. As a board member I would work tirelessly to help us acknowledge past inequities, build trust, and work to unite rather than police neighbors. We have a beautiful neighborhood with a rich history and it deserves our time and attention.

Will Witt (he/him): I’m interested in this position because it is my neighborhood and I wish to make a positive impact for all the families of Belknap. My experience that will enable me to successfully complete this role is business at the international level as well as being a local business owner myself.

Staff

Elianna Bootzin, Executive Director and Community Organizer (she/her) – 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. You can learn more about her in an interview with our partners at New Development Corporation.

Special thanks to Annette Vandenburg at West Grand Neighborhood Organization. She provides MSW supervision of our social work interns.

NOBL created a strategic plan in the spring of 2021. We redefined our mission, vision, and values. We confirmed that our main focus should be on our residents, particularly those who are low income. We then identified which activities should be carried out over the next three years. These activities exemplify our values.

We invite you to read the strategic plan here.

With the rest of this page, we will be Accountable. We believe in keeping our meetings and our records open to our neighbors. In the sections that follow, you can find the full set of materials from the last few years of meetings. We then specifically call out the quarterly financials starting with 2021. We also post the “tax” returns we submit annually to the IRS. This filing is called a 990.

All Board Materials

2020

December Racial Equity Committee presentation
December Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement
December Development Committee notes with Union Suites communication
November Development Committee notes
October Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement
September Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement
September Development Committee Notes: First and Second Meetings
August Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, FGRP handout
August Development Committee notes
July Board Meeting Materials
July Development Committee notes
June Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement
June Development Committee notes
May Board Meeting Materials
with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement
May Development Committee handout and notes
April Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and 990 part 1 and part 2
March Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement; the board also received a letter from Alan Otis encouraging selection of the robust updated Conflict of Interest Policy (interested parties serving on the board or committee leave the room for discussion and vote of the relevant item)
February Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
January Board Meeting Materials
with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement

2019

Compiled 2019 Community Relations and Racial Equity Meeting Updates
December Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
November 2019 General Membership Meeting Materials
October 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
September 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
Board Letter expressing concern about loss of business parking on Hastings
August 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
Board Letter with majority not concerned about park waiver for potential medical marijuana business
July
June 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
May 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
April 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and 990
Board Letter supporting development at 826 and  835 Fairview
March 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Work Plan to take place at 800 Livingston
CANCELLED February 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Annual Report and Work Plan
January 2019 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement

2018

December 2018 Special Board Meeting revisited Coit Square on MONDAY December 10.  The investors did not allow RJM’s representative to provide reduced density on the Coit Square project (600 block of Coit across from Coit Creative Arts Academy). Therefore there was no new information for the development committee to consider despite November’s board decision to refer the project back to that body. The old board saw the full progression of the project – particularly the inclusion of other requests – before voting 3 to 2 to support the project. The board was provided the list of standards used by the Planning Commission for these types of projects as well as a letter of opposition from Alan Otis.
November 2018 General Membership Meeting Materials
October 2018 Development Committee Meeting Notes: First and Second Meetings
October 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement; Revised Bylaws for adoption
September 2018 Development Committee Meeting Notes: First and Second Meetings
September 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement; Proposed Bylaws with tracked changes
August 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
July 2018 Board Meeting
June 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
May 2018 General Membership Meeting Materials

April 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
March 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
February 2018 Board Meeting Materials
with separate Balance Sheet and Income Statement
February 2018 Mobility Meeting Notes
January 2018 Board Meeting Materials with separate Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Annual Report
January 2018 Mobility Meeting Notes

Quarterly Financials 2021+

2022
January Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Performance to Budget and Budget Presentation

2021
October Performance to Budget Report, Balance Sheet, and Income Statement
July Budget Report and Presentation, Balance Sheet and Income Statement 
April Quarterly Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Annual 990, Schedule O
January Balance Sheet, Income Statement

990s

Form 990 for 2020- Part 1, Part 2
Form 990 for 2019 – Part 1, Part 2
Form 990 for 2018
Form 990 for 2017

Policy Packet 2022

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