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Supporting our local ALS Community in Michigan

meet our team

Victoria Amponsah

Development Manager

Victoria can help you with getting your company involved, becoming a sponsor, and all your corporate needs. She also is also the lead for CEO Soak - coming to Michigan in 2024!

She will answer any questions you may have about raising funds for The ALS Association to support our local ALS community in Michigan.

victoria.amponsah@als.org | 248-671-4627

MATT GONZALEZ

Care Services Manager

Matt covers the Harry J. Hoenselaar Clinic at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He can help people diagnosed with ALS and their families or caregivers navigate the disease and connect them with the resources and information they need for their journey. Matt’s background is in custom seating and mobility, and he can provide unique insights into the equipment needs of people living with ALS.

He will help you with any questions related to your mobility equipment or ALS care services. Matt can also connect or refer you to other local resources provided by The ALS Association to support our local ALS community in Michigan.

matt.gonzalez@als.org | 248-213-5141

JENNI HILLIGOSS

Development Manager

Jenni can help you with starting a Walk to Defeat ALS® team, getting members registered, or joining a committee. She can also assist you with other fundraising ideas and events.

She will answer any questions you may have about raising funds for The ALS Association to support our local ALS community in Michigan.

jennifer.hilligoss@als.org | 248-680-6540

JENA MCEWEN

Development Director

Jena can help you with all things ALS fundraising. She is available to assist you with fundraiser ideas & events, and help you get your company involved in sponsorships or corporate partnerships. Jena is an expert on Walk to Defeat ALS® team organization, member registration, walk day logistics, and can give you information about joining the Walk Committee.

She will also assist you with additional ways to support The ALS Association by applying for a grant or large donation, leaving a Legacy Gift, or setting up monthly donations to help our local ALS community in Michigan.

jena.mcewen@als.org | 248-266-9517

Hannah Meyer

Care Services Coordinator

Hannah can help you navigate your ALS journey after diagnosis and make connections to resources you and your caregivers may need along the way.

She will help to answer any questions you may have about living with ALS and connect you with programs and services provided by The ALS Association and other local resources in Michigan.

hannah.meyer@als.org | 616-256-0620

tanya peterson

Director of Care Services

Tanya has thoughtfully designed the Michigan Care Services program, which offers various support groups, caregiver labs, resource collectives, and veteran specific opportunities to our ALS community. She can help direct those diagnosed with ALS, their families, and caregivers to the best care services that will support their needs. Tanya is a licensed social worker with vast experience in care services and extensive knowledge about the programs and services The ALS Association provides.

She will help you with any questions you may have about ALS. Tanya can also connect or refer you to resources, provided by The ALS Association, for people living with ALS and their caregivers in our local ALS community in Michigan.

tanya.peterson@als.org | 616-276-3383

GLORIA RENTZ

Office Administrator

Gloria can help put you in touch with the Michigan team members who can provide the services you need.

She will help answer any questions you may have about supporting The ALS Association and other resources we provide to our local ALS community in Michigan.

gloria.rentz@als.org | 248-680-6540

STEPHANIE SMITH

Care Services Manager

Stephanie covers Bronson ALS Clinic in Kalamazoo, Trinity Health Medical Group, and Spectrum Health Neurology ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic in Grand Rapids, MI. She can help people diagnosed with ALS, their families, and caregivers navigate the disease, and connects them with the resources and information they need.

She will help you with any questions about ALS during your journey. Stephanie can also connect you to resources provided by The ALS Association to support our local ALS community in Michigan.

stephanie.smith@als.org | 517-258-1633

ABOUT ALS

ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease by which a person’s brain loses connection with the muscles. People with ALS lose their ability to walk, talk, eat, and eventually breathe.

ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, but it can strike anyone at any time. In the past year, over 20,000 people living with ALS were served through our nation-wide chapter network.

Although there is not yet a cure or treatment that halts ALS, scientists have made significant progress in understanding what causes ALS. But their work is not done. Together, we work toward a cure.

about THE ALS ASSOCIATION

The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization fighting ALS on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance to ALS families through the highest quality services, coordinating multidisciplinary care through ALS clinics, and fearless advocacy, The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

Our Mission: To discover treatments and a cure for ALS, and to serve, advocate for, and empower people affected by ALS to live their lives to the fullest.

Our Vision: Create a world without ALS.

Our Goal: The ALS Association is committed to making ALS a livable disease for everyone, everywhere, until we find a cure.

For more information visit als.org.