Women's Connection

Aquinas College Women’s Connection is an inclusive community connecting women to support their life journeys by creating welcoming experiences for educational, spiritual, and social connections. We host a number of events each year as an outlet for these experiences to happen! Any local women, student women and friends of the college are encouraged to participate in our events, these opportunities are not exclusive to Aquinas alum.

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SpeAQ 2 Me: Amanda and Deb Winn - January 13

Amanda and Deb are a mother-daughter duo that will be sharing about their experience in working together!

Amanda Barbour: As Founder and Executive Director, Amanda leads the staff and the board in staying true to her strategic vision and is focused on community development, fundraising, and the long-term sustainability of the Children’s Healing Center.

The CHC is more than an organization to her – it is a vision that was born from her personal cancer journey. Amanda combined past experiences with current talents and relationships to create a center she believes she was uniquely equipped to launch. This definitely was not part of her original plan – Amanda graduated with an Architecture degree from University of Michigan and landed a job at AMDG Architects shortly before her Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis. Armed with a dream – and continuing to work as an architect – she spent five years working with donors, families, supporters and the medical community to create the Children’s Healing Center. Amanda is committed to ensuring that children and their families have a safe, clean space to play and connect. Amanda has surrounded herself with staff members and volunteers who share that vision. She is excited to welcome families into what she sometime refers to as “her baby” and hopes it will bring them as much joy as it brings her.

Amanda keeps a gratitude journal that she writes in daily. She believes in the importance of birthdays and celebrating life, and she enjoys inviting people to gather around her table for communion and nourishment. Her desire to deeply know people, love them and encourage them is a common thread in all she does.

Deb Winn: As Program and Operations Manager, Deb is responsible for leading programs, managing program partnerships and connecting with families and children. Near and dear to Deb’s heart is also monitoring the cleanliness of the building and controlling the screening process to ensure a safe and clean environment. Deb has a BS in Business Administration. She earned her Early Childhood Credits at Grand Rapids Community College. Prior to joining the Children’s Healing Center, Deb taught at Children’s Workshop for the past 18 years. Deb’s husband Scott is a builder/carpenter. You may see him around the CHC doing different jobs. Deb and Scott have two daughters, Amanda and Kristin, both of whom are University of Michigan graduates (Go Blue!). Deb has always been a lover of children, volunteering as a Sunday School Teacher at Immaculate Heart of Mary as well as serving as Cheer Director for Forest Hills. Deb looks forward to forming lasting relationships with the families at the CHC.

When Deb is not wiping down tables and toys in the center or talking about upcoming fun programming, you will find her completing DIY projects and reading books. Deb’s dream is to take a long relaxing vacation on a cruise ship any place warm and sunny!

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020
Location: Holmdene Lobby
Aquinas College
1700 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

5:30 – Doors Open/Networking Opportunity
6:15 – Speaker Begins!
7:00 – Q&A Session
7:15 – Event Concludes

You will be emailed an event reminder that includes directions and your campus parking pass.

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Aquinas College Women’s Connection 2018 - 2019 Committee Members

Rachel Bartels
Stephanie Davidson
Kelly Doyle
Lynda Durell
Jennifer Feuerstein
Noelle Frost
Barbara Garza
Alexis Hartman

Allyson Huttenga
Sheila Knopke
Suzanne Makarewicz
Nathalie Meyer, OP
Mary Olivarez
Jane Payne
Terry Quinn
Jill Straub

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