Board of Directors

As a 501c3 organization, the Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center is run by a Board of Directors. These community individuals give of their time and talents to help make the Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center successful. Our organization wouldn’t be possible without them and their support. 

Greg Ayers, Discover Kalamazoo 

Greg is currently the President and CEO of Discover Kalamazoo. Discover Kalamazoo is the official destination marketing organization representing Kalamazoo County. His leadership in destination marketing and tourism is unparalleled and his commitment to education and engagement through experiential events is invaluable.

 

Bob Miller, Kalamazoo Community

Bob is a Community Advocate.  As the former WMU Associate Vice President for Community Outreach, his leadership as a conduit between the University and the community helped to provide direction for programming and educational enrichment. His involvement with downtown stakeholders and business development helps to connect college students in entrepreneurial development.  

Erica Mokay, News Channel 3

Erica Mokay currently anchors New Channel 3 shows weeknights at 5, 6, 10, and 11 pm. Erica is a graduate of West Virginia University and completed her undergrad degree in Television Journalism, with a minor in Communication Studies. Erica became a Kalamazoo resident in January of 2017. She's passionate about the culture of downtown, and bringing meaningful events into Kalamazoo. She also brings a passion for creating meaningful and impactful opportunities and internships for college students. 
 

 

Zach Terrell, Ziegler Automotive Group

Zach Terrell works in Executive Development within the Ziegler Automotive group. Zach is a graduate of Western Michigan University, completing both his undergrad and Master’s in the Business Administration program. Zach also served as the captain and quarterback of the WMU Football team, and led them to the Cotton Bowl. Zach’s strong leadership is extremely evident both in his sports career as well as his professional career. Coming from a family involved in Non- Profits, Zach brings both experience, passion, and new ideas to the board as well as a plethora of networking experience.

 

Erin Kelly, Fifth Third Bank

Erin Kelly is a Senior Private Banker and brings to KELC Events a wealth of talent in the world of financial planning and nonprofit financial sustainability.  She has served on many boards and her work with Volunteer Kalamazoo will be especially valuable as KELC Events support volunteer development and recruitment. 

Jacob Droppers, Varnum Law

Jacob Droppers is a partner at Varnum Law and has been raised in the event management business.  His insight into festivals and events has been through his leadership in working at The Event Company for five years prior to attending law school. His knowledge of the law and event management provides guidance required for ongoing operations.

Becca Shemberger, Director of Events 

Becca is a director at the Kalamazoo Experiential learning center. Upon graduation from Western Michigan University, Becca served as an intern at the center. She worked in corporate sales for just over four years before making the descision to return to KELC as the new Director of Events. Her experience at the Center provides valuable insight into intern coaching, management, and program enhancement. Plus, her time in corporate sales gives her a great understanding of how to work with all types of people.

 

Deborah Droppers, Executive Director

Deborah Droppers is the founder of the Kalamazoo Experiential Learning Center.  She has been an event manager and director since 1988 when she was the convention services manager for the City of Kalamazoo.  Since then, she has administered festivals, special one day events, parades, and an event budget of $900,000 and nearly 1,700 volunteers. Additionally, Deborah Droppers administers the Western Michigan University Event Management Minor program and teaches full time.