Dana Mate Dones President Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Office Manager/Boss of Everything 2 truths and 1 lie: I love the smell of skunks. I cannot turn left. I'm an expert hula-hooper.  Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog for sure! Ferrets are just stretched out rats. Cat's are acceptable sometimes, but only if they can act like dogs. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: When I started working in the taproom at The Mitten as a bartender it was almost immediate obsession. I love the way the West Side is proud to be what it is. It's unique in so many ways, but the sense of community is unparalleled.  As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe I bring a focus on the people who are important to the success of this organization, namely the volunteers, donors, and dedicated board members.  Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I am a sucker for a passion project which makes it hard to choose. To name a few, I love Carol's Ferals, A.S.K., The CTC, Kids Food Basket, and Safe Haven!

Dana Mate Dones

President

Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Office Manager/Boss of Everything

2 truths and 1 lie: I love the smell of skunks. I cannot turn left. I'm an expert hula-hooper. 

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog for sure! Ferrets are just stretched out rats. Cat's are acceptable sometimes, but only if they can act like dogs.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: When I started working in the taproom at The Mitten as a bartender it was almost immediate obsession. I love the way the West Side is proud to be what it is. It's unique in so many ways, but the sense of community is unparalleled. 

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe I bring a focus on the people who are important to the success of this organization, namely the volunteers, donors, and dedicated board members. 

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I am a sucker for a passion project which makes it hard to choose. To name a few, I love Carol's Ferals, A.S.K., The CTC, Kids Food Basket, and Safe Haven!

 
Max Trierweiler Treasurer Employer and job title:  Co-Owner/Co-Founder-The Mitten Brewing Co. 2 truths and 1 lie: I enjoy an ice cold Hamm’s. I am a professional commercial airline pilot. Video games are my guilty pleasure Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog person, we have been been lucky to have a little Shih Tzu named Hurley be a part of our lives since early 2009 Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community:  I’d like to think of myself as an honorary Westsider. I had many friends that attended West Catholic so I found myself on the west side of the river often in high school. I also decided to start my business on the West Side. I almost spend as much time on the West Side as I do on the NE side where I live. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? As the treasurer of the Mitten Foundation it is my duty to make sure that we do the most with the monies that we secure. I also think that the philanthropic views of The Mitten Brewing Company will help the Foundation with all future endeavors. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I’d like to shoutout to all of the great organizations that we have worked with thus far. Great partnerships are key to successful fundraising!

Max Trierweiler

Treasurer

Employer and job title:  Co-Owner/Co-Founder-The Mitten Brewing Co.

2 truths and 1 lie: I enjoy an ice cold Hamm’s. I am a professional commercial airline pilot. Video games are my guilty pleasure

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog person, we have been been lucky to have a little Shih Tzu named Hurley be a part of our lives since early 2009

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community:  I’d like to think of myself as an honorary Westsider. I had many friends that attended West Catholic so I found myself on the west side of the river often in high school. I also decided to start my business on the West Side. I almost spend as much time on the West Side as I do on the NE side where I live.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? As the treasurer of the Mitten Foundation it is my duty to make sure that we do the most with the monies that we secure. I also think that the philanthropic views of The Mitten Brewing Company will help the Foundation with all future endeavors.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I’d like to shoutout to all of the great organizations that we have worked with thus far. Great partnerships are key to successful fundraising!

 
Paul Debri Employer and job title: Wyoming Public Schools,  Elementary Teacher 2 truths and 1 lie: In 2011, I was one pin short of bowling a perfect 300 game. As an undergraduate at Ferris State University and Western Michigan University and graduate student at Aquinas College I earned Dean's List recognition. In college I earned a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coaching Certificate. Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Ferret person, No, closely related to the weasel and I don't associate myself with weasels. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: Prior to moving from the NE side of GR I was already familiar with the amazing people, businesses, and pride the west side has to offer, for my grandparents and numerous other family members have lived in and around the neighborhood in which I currently reside. In addition, I have been a 3rd degree member of the Knight's of Columbus for +25 years where I have been able to interact with fellow west siders. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? For ten years I co-organized an annual event called GolabkiFest. I can proudly say GolabkiFest made a difference in many people's lives, and approximately $15,000 was raised for many local non-profit charities in the West Michigan area. 

Paul Debri

Employer and job title: Wyoming Public Schools,  Elementary Teacher

2 truths and 1 lie: In 2011, I was one pin short of bowling a perfect 300 game. As an undergraduate at Ferris State University and Western Michigan University and graduate student at Aquinas College I earned Dean's List recognition. In college I earned a USA Track and Field Level 1 Coaching Certificate.

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Ferret person, No, closely related to the weasel and I don't associate myself with weasels.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: Prior to moving from the NE side of GR I was already familiar with the amazing people, businesses, and pride the west side has to offer, for my grandparents and numerous other family members have lived in and around the neighborhood in which I currently reside. In addition, I have been a 3rd degree member of the Knight's of Columbus for +25 years where I have been able to interact with fellow west siders.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? For ten years I co-organized an annual event called GolabkiFest. I can proudly say GolabkiFest made a difference in many people's lives, and approximately $15,000 was raised for many local non-profit charities in the West Michigan area. 

 
Fred Bivins Employer and job title: Vinecroft Studios, Owner 2 truths and 1 lie: I love beer. I love pizza. I love classical music.  Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I'm more of an art person, haha. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I have lived on the West Side for 48 years! When I was born my parents lived on the northeast of Michigan & Plymouth.  As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I have been on several boards, and currently serve on 2 others. I have served as an officer which afforded me many experiences in team building programs.  Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? To name a few; Festival, ArtPrize, Sweet House Foundation, and Grand River Wood Turners Guild.

Fred Bivins

Employer and job title: Vinecroft Studios, Owner

2 truths and 1 lie: I love beer. I love pizza. I love classical music. 

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I'm more of an art person, haha.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I have lived on the West Side for 48 years! When I was born my parents lived on the northeast of Michigan & Plymouth. 

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I have been on several boards, and currently serve on 2 others. I have served as an officer which afforded me many experiences in team building programs. 

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? To name a few; Festival, ArtPrize, Sweet House Foundation, and Grand River Wood Turners Guild.

 
Julie Green Employer and job title: Money Concepts, Partner & Financial Advisor 2 truths and 1 lie: I sang onstage at Carnegie Hall. I play piano. I traveled through England, Scotland, and Ireland with only a train-pass and a backpack.  Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Cat person. We have a 3 cat limit in our house. FIRM. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I'm a polish girl (half polish) and have fond memories of shopping with my grandma at Lewandoski's Market. My hubby and I enjoy frequenting the West Side businesses, especially The Mitten! As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table?  In addition to book-keeping, financial & business consulting skills, I have helped with the management of other nonprofits. I'm also a loudmouth with a big heart. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to?  I want to shout out to Grand Raggidy Roller Derby & Boosters, Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, and Bike MS.

Julie Green

Employer and job title: Money Concepts, Partner & Financial Advisor

2 truths and 1 lie: I sang onstage at Carnegie Hall. I play piano. I traveled through England, Scotland, and Ireland with only a train-pass and a backpack. 

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Cat person. We have a 3 cat limit in our house. FIRM.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I'm a polish girl (half polish) and have fond memories of shopping with my grandma at Lewandoski's Market. My hubby and I enjoy frequenting the West Side businesses, especially The Mitten!

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table?  In addition to book-keeping, financial & business consulting skills, I have helped with the management of other nonprofits. I'm also a loudmouth with a big heart.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to?  I want to shout out to Grand Raggidy Roller Derby & Boosters, Coopersville Chamber of Commerce, and Bike MS.

Chris Andrus Vice President Employer and job title: Co-Owner/Co-Founder-The Mitten Brewing Co. 2 truths and 1 lie: I ran a marathon. I have a Master's Degree in Russian Literature. I believe in Bigfoot. Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog person. I want unconditional love. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I went to West Catholic High School and, of course, started The Mitten Brewing Company on the West Side. Additionally, I served as Vice President of The West Grand Neighborhood Organization for two years. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I'd like to think that I bring creativity to the board. To me, the most rewarding part about charitable work is brainstorming new and exciting ways to do great things in the community. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? West Grand Neighborhood Organization (WGNO)! As former board VP, I can attest to the fact that they are a vital part of the West Side and are essential to its success and growth!

Chris Andrus

Vice President

Employer and job title: Co-Owner/Co-Founder-The Mitten Brewing Co.

2 truths and 1 lie: I ran a marathon. I have a Master's Degree in Russian Literature. I believe in Bigfoot.

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Dog person. I want unconditional love.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I went to West Catholic High School and, of course, started The Mitten Brewing Company on the West Side. Additionally, I served as Vice President of The West Grand Neighborhood Organization for two years.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I'd like to think that I bring creativity to the board. To me, the most rewarding part about charitable work is brainstorming new and exciting ways to do great things in the community.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? West Grand Neighborhood Organization (WGNO)! As former board VP, I can attest to the fact that they are a vital part of the West Side and are essential to its success and growth!

 
Mallory Mate Faasse Secretary Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Bartender/Manager 2 truths and 1 lie: I wear a size 17 shoe. I am an expert cupcake artist. I pretend my life is like Harry Potter, and soon I'll get to go away to Hogwarts.  Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I like most animals, but dogs are my favorite! My dog Pippa is my big, dumb baby. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I work at a brewery that is a very active part of the West Side community. I love the West Side because it's home to some of my favorite places, including The Mitten. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe my greatest skills are my ability to diffuse stress, and then tackle whatever issue is the source of that stress. I also am very skilled at reading people, and the best way to appeal to their giving nature. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? Oh boy, there are so many great ones. All of our past partners have been so amazing, and I can't wait to see the triumphs and success's that our future partners share with us!

Mallory Mate Faasse

Secretary

Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Bartender/Manager

2 truths and 1 lie: I wear a size 17 shoe. I am an expert cupcake artist. I pretend my life is like Harry Potter, and soon I'll get to go away to Hogwarts. 

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I like most animals, but dogs are my favorite! My dog Pippa is my big, dumb baby.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I work at a brewery that is a very active part of the West Side community. I love the West Side because it's home to some of my favorite places, including The Mitten.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe my greatest skills are my ability to diffuse stress, and then tackle whatever issue is the source of that stress. I also am very skilled at reading people, and the best way to appeal to their giving nature.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? Oh boy, there are so many great ones. All of our past partners have been so amazing, and I can't wait to see the triumphs and success's that our future partners share with us!

 
John Baker Employer and job title: AFC Inc, Not sure if I own it, or it owns me! 2 truths and 1 lie: I was engaged to Miss Allegan. I have 3 adopted siblings. I was a straight A student. Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Definitely dog! However, we have a cat that is more like a dog than many dogs.  She rolls over and comes when she’s called or I whistle for her.  She adopted us 3-4 years ago and just won’t leave.   Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I was born in Southern CA, lived in Kzoo for 10 years, Fennville for 4 years, CA for 2 years again and then NE GR for 15 years and NW now for 16 years. I had the privilege of coaching my son and his friends in soccer from 1st through 8th grade for Walker Rec. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Passion for helping and loving people as Jesus did and leaving this world better than how I found it when I arrived 50 years ago. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? 4Better4Worse.org – mentorship for couples that are struggling in their marriages. Keystone Church, very involved in Sibley School and supports a school in the Dominican Republic. My wife Kathy and I also lead a Divorce Care class at Keystone.

John Baker

Employer and job title: AFC Inc, Not sure if I own it, or it owns me!

2 truths and 1 lie: I was engaged to Miss Allegan. I have 3 adopted siblings. I was a straight A student.

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? Definitely dog! However, we have a cat that is more like a dog than many dogs.  She rolls over and comes when she’s called or I whistle for her.  She adopted us 3-4 years ago and just won’t leave.  

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: I was born in Southern CA, lived in Kzoo for 10 years, Fennville for 4 years, CA for 2 years again and then NE GR for 15 years and NW now for 16 years. I had the privilege of coaching my son and his friends in soccer from 1st through 8th grade for Walker Rec.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Passion for helping and loving people as Jesus did and leaving this world better than how I found it when I arrived 50 years ago.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? 4Better4Worse.org – mentorship for couples that are struggling in their marriages. Keystone Church, very involved in Sibley School and supports a school in the Dominican Republic. My wife Kathy and I also lead a Divorce Care class at Keystone.

 
Dan Climie Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Bartender Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person?  I used to consider myself a dog person, but am most definitely a cat person now. Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community:  I was born and raised on the West Side of Grand Rapids. I have worked on the West Side for three years now and love the mentality of the people and the community. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe I can bring a fresh and new perspective to the table with experience I have in the Grand Rapids community and can help innovative ideas become viable ideas for the foundation. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to?  Girls Rock Grand Rapids, the Cooks Art Center, Lamp Light Music Festival and Special Olympics of Michigan.

Dan Climie

Employer and job title: The Mitten Brewing Co, Bartender

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person?  I used to consider myself a dog person, but am most definitely a cat person now.

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community:  I was born and raised on the West Side of Grand Rapids. I have worked on the West Side for three years now and love the mentality of the people and the community.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? I believe I can bring a fresh and new perspective to the table with experience I have in the Grand Rapids community and can help innovative ideas become viable ideas for the foundation.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to?  Girls Rock Grand Rapids, the Cooks Art Center, Lamp Light Music Festival and Special Olympics of Michigan.

 
Paul Pennington Employer and job title: The Judson Group, Account Executive 2 truths and 1 lie: Dock’s is the best DIPA - hands dow. My kids do not like Mitten pizza. I was accepted into a Military Nuclear Science program (full-ride)...and turned it down. Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I am more of a dog person, but have an outdoor cat that likes to eat ferrets... Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: My grandparents built a home on the West Side in the 60’s and we used to visit all the time as kids. I bought a house on the West Side in 1999 and live there until 2016 before we moved to Holland. As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Being a long-time Westsider, we have many connections in the area. I am also fortunate in my job to have some great clients and colleagues that want to help those less fortunate on the West Side and to see the West Side keep growing and thriving. Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I am currently on the board of the Pregnancy Resource Center on Cherry...and I volunteer as John Baker’s friend when needed...hopefully not too much.

Paul Pennington

Employer and job title: The Judson Group, Account Executive

2 truths and 1 lie: Dock’s is the best DIPA - hands dow. My kids do not like Mitten pizza. I was accepted into a Military Nuclear Science program (full-ride)...and turned it down.

Do you consider yourself more of a cat person, dog person, or ferret person? I am more of a dog person, but have an outdoor cat that likes to eat ferrets...

Tell us about your relationship with the West Side community: My grandparents built a home on the West Side in the 60’s and we used to visit all the time as kids. I bought a house on the West Side in 1999 and live there until 2016 before we moved to Holland.

As a Mitten Foundation board member what skills or assets do you bring to the table? Being a long-time Westsider, we have many connections in the area. I am also fortunate in my job to have some great clients and colleagues that want to help those less fortunate on the West Side and to see the West Side keep growing and thriving.

Are there any other nonprofits you would like to shout out to? I am currently on the board of the Pregnancy Resource Center on Cherry...and I volunteer as John Baker’s friend when needed...hopefully not too much.