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Grand Valley grad, Detroit native new Affinity Mentoring executive director

Sharalle Ankrah has a wealth of education experience

Grand Rapids, Godfrey-Lee — A local nonprofit that provides one-on-one mentoring relationships for schools in Godfrey-Lee and Grand Rapids Public Schools has a new executive director. 

Sharalle Ankrah takes on the head post at Affinity Mentoring after previously serving at West Michigan Partnership for Children, as the founder of Mirror Me Images and as a GRPS educator.

She’s eager to take on her new challenge at Affinity Mentoring.

“Affinity Mentoring is right in line with my life’s purpose,” she told SNN. “I sincerely enjoy seeing people go from where they are to where they want to be. Doing the continued work together with the community, our partners, staff, families and students is exciting.”

Affinity currently matches mentors with K-8 students at Burton Elementary, Burton Middle and Southwest Elementary in GRPS, as well as at the Early Childhood Center, Godfrey Elementary and Lee Middle in Godfrey-Lee.

Ankrah is a Grand Valley State graduate and has a degree in English for secondary education. The Detroit native said she has always had a heart for community development and believes mentoring can help create opportunities for growth and community impact among students and families who are often left in the margins.

She replaces Cassandra Kiger, who announced her retirement in January 2022 ahead of an upcoming move to Israel, where she will be studying human rights and transitional justice.

Read other SNN stories on Affinity Mentoring.

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Phil de Haan covers East Grand Rapids and Kelloggsville and is the lead reporter for Grand Rapids. He hails from Exeter, Ontario (but has called Grand Rapids home since 1985) and is the son of a longtime public school teacher who taught both English and machine shop. Phil took both classes at South Huron District High School, but English stuck, and at Calvin College, where he met his wife, Sue, he majored in English and minored in journalism. His background includes both journalism and public relations, including teaching an advertising and PR course at the college level for almost a decade. In the summer of 2019, he began his own writing and communications business, de Haan Communications. In his spare time, Phil plays pick-up hockey and pickleball and tries to keep tabs on his two adult children. Read Phil's full bio

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