Meet Our Staff
Wendy Borden: Founder & Executive Director
Wendy Borden is committed to promoting health through nutrition, fitness and positive leisure time choices. Prior to entering the field of nutrition, she received her M.S. in Recreation Administration and has shared the beneficial aspects of outdoor recreation through youth development programs. Discovering the need for youth to develop healthy eating skills, she pursued a career in holistic nutrition. Wendy received her M.S. in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University after receiving her Nutrition Education certificate from Bauman College. After learning about the Ceres Community Project she made the heartfelt commitment to model the program in Grand Rapids and founded the Revive and Thrive Project. She is hopeful that we can create a culture of community where wholesome foods are not controversial, complicated, or confusing, but where healthy eating is valued, supported, and available to all.
Michael Farrell: Executive Program Chef
Chef Michael graduated with honors from the Culinary Institute of America in New York followed by an externship at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia. He has worked as a chef in New Orleans, a cheese expert and manager of Green City Market in Chicago and has been the Sous Chef and Chef at various upscale restaurants in West Michigan. Chef Michael is experienced and excited about cooking local seasonal meals from scratch for our meal recipients at Revive & Thrive.
Meet Our Board
Sue Gilbert: Board President
Sue Gilbert has a longstanding personal interest in nutrition and cooking, particularly as it relates to exposing children and youth to delicious, healthy foods and teaching them the importance of establishing lifelong healthy eating habits. For several years, she helped cook meals for Gilda’s Club and Hope Lodge, and in recent years she became involved in studying the impact of nutrition on cancer patients and preparing appetizing and revitalizing foods for a family member in treatment.
Professionally, Sue retired in 2014 after a long career with the federal government where she most recently served as a Hearing Office Director and Special Projects Officer for a component of the Social Security Administration. Since retiring, Sue has spent a significant amount of her time volunteering, initially as a cook/nutritionist for Hill Child Development Center and currently as the Program Coordinator for Heartside Neighborhood Collaboration Project. She enjoys a very active lifestyle engaging in sports, fitness and travel and spending as much time as possible with family and friends
Cindy Hogan: Secretary
Cindy Hogan has a strong passion for helping others. She has over 20 years’ experience developing products and brands to help make people’s lives better, more enjoyable, safer and healthier while working at 3M and Kimberly-Clark. Currently at Meijer, Cindy leads the Meijer Grocery Store Brands, including the Health & Wellness brand, True Goodness. She also serves the community as a Science Olympiad volunteer and District Commissioner for Grand River Pony Club, a non-profit organization that educates youth about the safety, health and care of equines.
Cindy’s enthusiasm for encouraging the direct link of wholesome, nutritious foods with our overall health & well-being, and her desire to help others is a natural fit with the vision of the Revive & Thrive Project.
Anette Estrada: Advisory Board Member
Anette Estrada is an audit partner at BDO USA, LLP and serves as a liaison for managers of international companies, leveraging her firm’s resources in 145 countries. She has more than 20 years of experience performing and coordinating audits of clients with international operations and assisting clients with international accounting and business issues. Anette has lived and worked in Germany, Spain and Colombia. German is her native language, and she is also fluent in Spanish. She is active in her community, serving on the board of the World Affairs Council of West Michigan and chair of the Spectrum Health Finance Advisory Committee.
Her personal interest in preparing and enjoying fresh, wholesome food, and a commitment to her community make supporting the Revive & Thrive Project as a board member and Treasurer a natural choice for Anette.
Kelley Oates: Board Member
Kelley Oates currently with Kevin Toler & Associates, an Ameriprise private wealth advisor group. Previously, Kelley spent 13 years planning and executing high level on-line and live education for over 20,0000 medical professionals – doctors, surgeons, and nurses. It was deeply satisfying to elevate professional knowledge and deliver high-quality subject matter to medical professionals nationally.
Kelley is a metastatic breast cancer survivor, avid green-thumb gardener, wife and mother. She grows, uses, and experiments with fresh ingredients to stimulate her healthy culinary passion.
Nick Trebtoske: Board Treasurer
Nick Trebtoske is an assurance senior associate at BDO USA, LLP where he serves a wide range of publicly traded and privately held clients in the manufacturing, financial institutions, and insurance industries. Nick has experience serving clients with significant international operations and has considerable experience in assessing and documenting the internal control environments of companies in different business environments. Nick has always been cognizant of the importance of serving his community; he has been doing so since he was in high school and continued this tradition throughout college. His earliest memories include going to the local farmer's market with his grandmother to shop for fresh, local produce. Revive and Thrive combines his desire to help others with his knowledge of the connection between nutrition and health.
Nora K. Gavin: Board Member
Recently retired, Nora has more than 43 years experience as an Oncology Research Nurse. As a Research Nurse Coordinator with 20 years of experience with the Cancer Research Consortium of West Michigan, she has been involved in coordinating and implementing nationally sponsored clinical trials. She was the Education Chair for the Grand Rapids Prostate Cancer Screening committee for 12 years, as well as being involved in multiple health education community promotions.
The personal association with cancer patients has strengthen her belief that healthy eating is an important component in the treatment and recovery of every patient. The Revive and Thrive Program directly addresses these nutritional needs, providing healthy meals for both cancer patients and their caretakers, and finds a passionate new board member who embraces the project mission statement.
Shelby Kalinowski: Board Member
Shelby has always been enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of those around her. She has been with Spectrum Health for the last 7.5 years, and is currently at Healthier Communities which specializes and focuses on improving the well-being of the underserved populations of Grand Rapids. Shelby is very passionate about volunteering, and has always been an active member in the community by organizing fundraisers and other events. As a young professional, she is an emerging leader in the community with fresh, new ideas to bring to the Revive and Thrive Project. Having seen loved ones battle cancer, Shelby wants to be a resource for those that are going through a tough time, and let them know that they are not alone.
Glynn Ann Ruggeri: Board Member
Glynn Ann is a West Michigan business owner with a background in sales and marketing. She serves on the board of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation and Spectrum Health’s Strategic Philanthropy Foundation. Additionally, she is involved with the West Michigan chapter of American Heart Association as a Circle of Red member and a long time sustainer for the Junior League of Grand Rapids. Glynn Ann is passionate about supporting health in our community and brings her enthusiasm and experience to help grow the Revive and Thrive Project to better serve our community.
Jeannette Pollatz: Board Member
Jeannette is an experienced nurse with a Masters Degree in Nursing and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing. Jeannette has served in a variety of medical settings ranging from emergency to rehabilitation care. She currently is a Nursing Director of Inter-Professional Education restoring Hope and Freedom through education at Mary Free Bed Hospital. She is passionate about patient, caregiver, student and team member advocacy, development and education. In addition, Jeannette has significant experience in population health management, diversity training, healthy living initiatives such as nutrition management, mental health support and fitness activities. She has a proven record of implementing innovative strategies to support hospital and community objectives and is a collaborative leader with successful project outcomes. Jeannette looks forward to leveraging these skills and experiences as a Revive and Thrive Project board member.
Shelly Palma: Board Member
Shelly has a strong administrative background having worked alongside her husband for 15 years managing their family business, Palma Mechanical Insulations. She brings her organizational, bookkeeping and business skills along with her enthusiasm and positive attitude to assist Revive & Thrive in all aspects, particularly fundraising, networking and increasing awareness of the program. Shelly learned of the Revive & Thrive Project through a close friend who was one of the program’s early meal recipients. When looking for ways to give back to the community and help those facing serious illness, the choice was easy.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Heading the initiative to launch our Ambassador Program is our board president, Laurie Cirivello. Laurie has a long professional history leading and advising nonprofit organizations including nearly eight years as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Currently, Laurie is an Information Services Project Manager for Spectrum Health and an artist on the side. Foodie, locavore, and cancer survivor ... all things about Laurie that help explain her passion for the mission of Revive and Thrive Project.
Sally holds a Master degree in Public Health Education. She has over 25 years experience in health care service delivery and currently supervises the Women’s Health Network at the Kent County Health Department. Sally witnesses the affects our personal environments, and lifestyle choices have upon cancer treatment and outcomes.
Sally avidly embraces the Revive and Thrive community solution for caring nutrition while utilizing our generous West Michigan resources, stewardship and spirit. “Daily honoring our bodies with harm free food and nourishing exercise naturally creates a balance within, a harmony, which is very toxin resilient yet powerfully compelling.” Sally hopes someday to see the planet enthused more with the power of love than the pollution of indifference.