Nykeshia Safford (she/her/hers) Center Director   Nykeshia is a senior at Tuskegee University, and is from Mobile, AL. Nykeshia is most excited to work with Sarah Alexander this summer because Sarah is so cool. This will be Nykeshia’s third summer on staff, so obviously something keeps drawing her back to the city … maybe it’s Sarah!   Nykeshia enjoys frilly drinks like frappuccinos from Starbucks so grab her one the next time you’re there! She also enjoys sunshine, laughing, being with family, kids, and flip flops.

Nykeshia Safford (she/her/hers)
Center Director

Nykeshia is a senior at Tuskegee University, and is from Mobile, AL. Nykeshia is most excited to work with Sarah Alexander this summer because Sarah is so cool. This will be Nykeshia’s third summer on staff, so obviously something keeps drawing her back to the city … maybe it’s Sarah!

Nykeshia enjoys frilly drinks like frappuccinos from Starbucks so grab her one the next time you’re there! She also enjoys sunshine, laughing, being with family, kids, and flip flops.

Emily Carle (she/her/hers) Operations Coordinator   Emily is a junior at Mount Holyoke College studying Religion and Sociology. She is from Newington, CT and her home church is First Congregational Church of South Hadley, MA. Emily is so excited to be living and working in Detroit! She says, “I've never been to the Midwest, and I've never lived in a city as large as Detroit. I am also excited to have the opportunity to meet and work with new youth every week throughout the summer.”  At Starbucks she’d order a blonde latte with Almond Milk. She enjoys skiing, crocheting scarves, watching The Office.

Emily Carle (she/her/hers)
Operations Coordinator

Emily is a junior at Mount Holyoke College studying Religion and Sociology. She is from Newington, CT and her home church is First Congregational Church of South Hadley, MA. Emily is so excited to be living and working in Detroit! She says, “I've never been to the Midwest, and I've never lived in a city as large as Detroit. I am also excited to have the opportunity to meet and work with new youth every week throughout the summer.”

At Starbucks she’d order a blonde latte with Almond Milk. She enjoys skiing, crocheting scarves, watching The Office.

David van Dokkumburg (he/him/his) Volunteer Coordinator   David is a junior at Calvin College majoring in Human Resource Management, and is from Ontario, Canada. His home church is Immanuel CRC, in Hamilton Ontario. He’s most excited to I’m excited to meet and form relationships with all our volunteers.  He enjoys road trips, travelling/exploring new cities, and his favourite song is “By Faith” by Getty’s. At Starbucks David orders plain black coffee, so feel free to surprise him one day with a good ole’ cuppa!

David van Dokkumburg (he/him/his)
Volunteer Coordinator

David is a junior at Calvin College majoring in Human Resource Management, and is from Ontario, Canada. His home church is Immanuel CRC, in Hamilton Ontario. He’s most excited to I’m excited to meet and form relationships with all our volunteers.

He enjoys road trips, travelling/exploring new cities, and his favourite song is “By Faith” by Getty’s. At Starbucks David orders plain black coffee, so feel free to surprise him one day with a good ole’ cuppa!

 
Kyra Asberry (she/her/hers) Spiritual Life Coordinator   Kyra is a junior at Southern Alabama University studying Psychology. Her home church is The Rock Church, and she is from Fairhope, AL. Kyra is most excited to connect with the youth volunteers.  You can order Kyra a Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel drizzle. She also likes chicken wings, Alabama football, and springtime!

Kyra Asberry (she/her/hers)
Spiritual Life Coordinator

Kyra is a junior at Southern Alabama University studying Psychology. Her home church is The Rock Church, and she is from Fairhope, AL. Kyra is most excited to connect with the youth volunteers.

You can order Kyra a Caramel Macchiato with extra caramel drizzle. She also likes chicken wings, Alabama football, and springtime!

Elyse Bax (she/her/hers) Project Partner Coordinator   Senior at Calvin College studying Organizational Communication. Elyse is from Portland, Oregon. She is most excited to to meet and learn from new people each and every week.  Her favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids, and she’d order an iced coffee at Starbucks. She loves podcasts, tacos, dogs, and being on the water.

Elyse Bax (she/her/hers)
Project Partner Coordinator

Senior at Calvin College studying Organizational Communication. Elyse is from Portland, Oregon. She is most excited to to meet and learn from new people each and every week.

Her favorite candy is Sour Patch Kids, and she’d order an iced coffee at Starbucks. She loves podcasts, tacos, dogs, and being on the water.

Lynda Sylvain (she/her/hers) US-2 Young Adult Missionary

Lynda Sylvain (she/her/hers)
US-2 Young Adult Missionary