Our Event Staff

Deborah Droppers

Founder & executive director

"My mom, Shirley Van Hoeven, inspires me every day and it is in her spirit that I founded the Center.  She lived her life for college students when she was teaching at Western Michigan University.  Her impact still resonates through her Scholarship Fund in the Communications Department.

 

This center is my dream. I love working with non-profits and enjoy the chaos of working with interns. I am inspired to think of new ideas to make events more interactive, customer-focused, and multi-layered.  I teach at Western Michigan University and run the Event Management Minor.  It's insanely fun.  Every day I learn something new in preparation for the lectures that hopefully engage, inspire, transform.  Within this pledge, we celebrate the passion of the product and the people we serve.

 

 It's an amazing adventure".   

Rebecca Shemberger

Director of events

"After working as an intern at the learning center upon graduation from Western Michigan University, I hoped that my passion for events and community outreach would eventually bring me back. I became a KELC board member in 2015 and, after 4+ years in corporate sales, I decided to take the leap back into the non-profit and event planning world. Deb has been such a great role model and mentor to me and I only hope that I can follow in her footsteps during my time here.

I wake up every day excited to go to work and do something to make a difference in the community. The center is a dreamy place to work, and no day is the same. I love having the ability to be actively involved in the community, while coaching interns, and meeting new people. I am excited to continue to grow as an individual as well as grow this organization alongside Deb. I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store.

 

Cheers!".

interns

Allison Vestbjerg

Major: Organizational Communication

 

Minor: Event Management

Favorite Event: Food Truck Rally

KELC Project: Kalamazoo Block Parties

I like even planning because it is satisfying and rewarding to see all the parts of the events come together on event day.

Allison Temple

Major: Interior Design

 

Minor: Event Management

Favorite Event: Food Truck Rally

KELC Project: Social Media

I enjoy planning events that bring people together and is rewarding to see others enjoying the work I do.

Anastasia Sikkila

Major: Interpersonal Communication and Spanish
 
Minor: Event Management

Favorite Event: Food Truck Rally

KELC Project: Social Media

I enjoy planning and assisting events that impact the community in a positive way.  Seeing the joy that the event we plan bring to the community makes all the work worth while. 

KJ Anderson

Major: Interpersonal Communication and Spanish
 
Minor: Event Management

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KELC Project: 

I enjoy planning events that 

Olivia Darmos

Major: Sports Management

 

Minor: Event Management

Favorite Event: Food Truck Rally

KELC Project: Pedal the Zoo, Roof Sit, Food Truck Rally, Social Media Week

I like event planning because I love getting to see the events planned from start to finish and the joy on people's face on event day. They bring the community together!