Board of Directors

Pat Jimmerson-King (President)


Minister Wanda “Pat” Jimmerson-King has been a partner with Seeds of Promise for over six years.

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Ryan Gummere


Ryan was raised in a moderate income household by a custodian father and a stay-at-home mother.  

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Janice Rostic


Robin Walker


Robin Walker and her husband Tom have been married for over 40 years, and have resided at

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Nick Farr (Treasurer)


Nick joined Kroon & Mitchell in 2018 as a Staff Accountant focused on Tax, Audit and Consulting projects for Small Business clients and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

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Juanita Dean


Diane Washington


Diane is a Board member of Seeds of Promise and is on the Host Neighbor Leadership Council.

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Bill Wood


Bill Wood is the Executive Director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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Paula Collier


Tracy Byrd


Pat Jimmerson-King


Minister Wanda “Pat” Jimmerson-King has been a partner with Seeds of Promise for over six years. Pat became a Host Neighbor several years ago, and is now also a board member. She enjoys working with the community and the people who reside in it.  Pat has lived in the Southeast community of Grand Rapids with her husband for over 30 years! She believes wholeheartedly in the vision of Seeds and believes with the help of the entire community, residents can experience a change in the community.

Robin Walker


Robin Walker and her husband Tom have been married for over 40 years, and have resided at their home on Burton Street for those years.  They have two grown children and four grandchildren.  Robin was a volunteer at Dickinson Academy from 1980 to 1988 and then again from 2001 to 2007.  Robin and Tom love Dickinson, and Robin even had a mentor named Pat Guyott, who was a 1st grade teacher at the school from 1959 to 2006.  Robin and Tom have been a God-directed individuals for over 50 years, and this is what drew them to become a part of Seeds of Promise.  They believe there is no better foundation for an organization like Seeds.  Robin and Tom also believe in the Seeds of Promise bottom up philosophy and love what it has done for the neighborhood. Robin and Tom also manage the food truck at Dickinson Elementary School on every 4th Thursday of each month, from 4pm to 6pm.

Diane Washington


Diane Washington is a Board member of Seeds of Promise and is on the Host Neighbor Leadership Council.  She is also on the Educational Impact Team. She appreciates working and volunteering with Seeds, who has a mission to empower the residents of the community to build pathways to success, through programs, education and information. She enjoys working with youth, is a business woman, author, and the wife of Pastor Starlon Washington, New Fellowship Baptist Church.

Ryan Gummere


Ryan was raised in a moderate income household by a custodian father and a stay-at-home mother.  He grew up on Edna Street in Alger Heights, so much like a salmon being summoned back to the stream it was born in, he has been summoned by God to serve the neighborhood where he was raised.

In the Summer of 1999, Ryan interned for Ron Jimmerson at Cascade Engineering.  Ron and his Welfare-to-Work program ignited a spark in the depths of his heart to serve the poor and needy.

In 2011, he became a Christian and shortly thereafter God reconnected him with Ron Jimmerson and introduced him to Seeds of Promise.  With the blessing of Northpointe Bank, Ryan has served on the Seeds’ Housing Impact Team since November 2013 and the Board since 2019.

In 2014, God led Ryan to the Neighborhood Impact Program (NIP) and the Accessibility Modification Program (AMP), grant programs which help low- and moderate-income homeowners improve and customize their homes.  NIP funds are used for home repairs and AMP funds help seniors and persons with disabilities customize their homes with needed modifications. In 2018, their partnership funded its 50th NIP grant and 1st AMP grant.  2019 marks the fifth year Northpointe Bank has partnered with Seeds of Promise to bring the NIP and AMP programs to the community that Ryan is proud to serve.      

Ryan finds it a privilege to serve Seeds of Promise and he is thankful and excited for the future they are building together.

Nick Farr


Nick joined Kroon & Mitchell in 2018 as a Staff Accountant focused on Tax, Audit and Consulting projects for Small Business clients and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Nick’s past experience includes accounting roles with the US Treasury Department, McKinsey & Company and several nonprofit organizations in New York City and Washington, DC. He also worked as a “Silicon Alley” startup CFO, helping guide companies in the 3D Printing, Blockchain and High Frequency Trading technology industries towards successful exits. Throughout his career, for entities both large and small, Nick has focused on streamlining and automating accounting and finance tasks. He is passionate about helping self-directed bottom-up 501(c)(3) non profit organizations as well.

Nick was introduced to Seeds by way of his mentor, Dr. David Cannon at Grand Valley State University.  He absolutely agrees with Seeds of Promise vision of empowering the neighborhood and engaging in servant leadership and stewardship. He believes Seeds is a great model for other nonprofits to follow and he is passionate in his role in making it work.

Nick loves getting out in the community. He has started or volunteered for over 20 different nonprofit organizations such as the NGO Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) and the Bushwick Food Cooperative. One of the major firm practice areas Nick hopes to grow is in helping launch new nonprofit organizations. He also enjoys Modern and Contemporary Art through community events like ArtPrize and the events inspired by it in downtown Grand Rapids. Nick is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Michigan Association of CPAs, where he serves on the International Practice Task Force and Employee Benefits Task Force. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Social Science and earned his MBA at Grand Valley State University. He is a proud Rotarian, and is a member of various arts and nature organizations in West Michigan. He is also a Quickbooks Online Advanced ProAdvisor. Nick is Chilean and can speak fluent Spanish!

Bill Wood


Bill Wood is the Executive Director of West Michigan Environmental Action Council, where he began working in 2016 after spending 10 years working for Habitat for Humanity in Lexington, Kentucky and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Bill earned his MSW in 2006 from the University of Kentucky, and is very interested in intersectionality, place-based education, and systems theory. Bill’s Master’s thesis was on the implementation of building material reuse centers as a catalyst for growth in economically depressed communities and neighborhoods. In addition to serving with Seeds, Bill serves on a US Climate Action Network grant committee, the Kent County Solid Waste Commission, Grand Rapids Vital Streets Oversight Committee, and is a Board Member of the Michigan Environmental Council.

Advisory Council

Norman Christopher

Norman Christopher has served on the Seeds of Promise board and on several Impact Teams. Currently, he is a Seeds Adviser.  He also facilitates student associate support, develops collective impact reporting, and helps establish collaborations and partnerships for Seeds of Promise.  Norman is the Director of the Office of Sustainability Practices at Grand Valley State University, and also an adjunct faculty member for the Seidman College of Business.  He is the author of the book Sustainability Demystified – A Practical Guide for Business Leaders and Managers.

Taffy Dickerson

Taffy Dickerson is a mother of three.  She studied psychology at Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University, and completed the Empowerment Coaching program at Grace Bible College.  Taffy has served as a Host Neighbor for Seeds for over three years and moved into an administrative staff role at the Seeds office over two years ago.  In addition to being a board member, Taffy also serves on the Host Neighbor Leadership Council and as an Advisory Board member for the Kent County Landbank.

Taffy is now the Host Neighbor Solution Center Coordinator and Coach.  She has a passion for her community.  Her motivation comes from inspiring people to change their life circumstances by using their God-given talents, no matter what obstacles they may face.

Ronald Jimmerson

Ronald Jimmerson Sr. serves as the Executive Director and is one of the co-founders of Seeds of Promise. Ron is the overseer and part-time staff of all the Impact Teams of Seeds of Promise.  He is also a host of volunteer. Ron is currently a part of Cascade Engineering Consulting Group, where he retired as a Senior HR Manager 2009, and co-founded Welfare-to-Career, School-to-Career Progression programs while there. He is an author, the recipient of the Floyd Skinner Justice Award for Giants, and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award.  Ron was also featured in the Grand Rapids Press Your Life section and was named “The Equalizer”.