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Meet The Leaders

 

Melissa Drenchen
Chicktime Grand Rapids Chapter Founder and Leader
grandrapids@chicktime.com
616-477-3146

 

Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime: Empowering women and children, especially those that maybe disadvantaged is extremely important to me.

 

My passion and gifts: I am passionate about helping people. I am a huge advocate for special needs individuals and older people, that don’t have a voice. I am really excited to be a part of Chicktime and being able to give back is everything to me. I would like to help empower people one person at a time.

 

Hobbies and interests: I have a few hobbies that I am able to integrate into my work. I love my family and they are my top priority. I have love horses and I am lucky enough to be able to share my love of them with people, in the form of therapeutic riding and several different off horse outlets.

 

Gina Ruark
Chicktime Grand Rapids Co-Leader
gina@chicktime.com
616-970-1099

 

Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime: I work in the foster care system and have taken on a couple of exchange students and many kids through Compassion International.  I appreciate what Chicktime stands for:  women coming together to rewrite the stories of the ‘least of these’ through fun activities and valuable skill lessons.

 

My passion and gifts: I am passionate about helping people know the love of Christ.

Hobbies and interests: Some of my hobbies include martial arts, web design, traveling, hiking, and photographing my favorite bands.

 

Jacquelyn Ducat
Chicktime Grand Rapids Co-Leader
jacq@chicktime.com
616-550-7325

 

Why I serve a leadership role with Chicktime? I have always had a heart for serving others and I came across Chicktime as a volunteer opportunity through work. After my first volunteer event with them, I knew I wanted to become more involved in the work that Chicktime strives to do. I myself am a survivor of abuse and I have come to find in my own healing process that serving others and giving back to the community fills my cup up. I have a strong desire to make a positive impact in others lives and Chicktime helps me fulfill that purpose which is why I chose to accept a leadership role with them.

 

Hobbies & Interests: My hobbies and interest include playing with my five year old son and soon to be step-daughter who is four. I like staying active, mostly by working out and running. I enjoy reading and being outside. I like to volunteer my time to things bigger than myself.

 

Passions & Gifts: My passion is the law. I just graduated from law school and have aspirations once I am licensed to be an attorney for criminal law and family law. I am also a strong advocate for mental health and using nutrition, fitness, and therapy to improve and create a strong mind. I’ve taken what I’ve learned with my own mental health struggles and turned it into a platform to try and help domestic violence survivors see that there is life beyond abuse and that it is possible to rebuild your life after bad things happen as long as you use and choose the necessary resources.