Founder & President
Kyle is the President/Founder of Mi Heroes Haven along with the creator of the Get Back Up PTS/Suicide prevention program. He's had a servant's heart since he was a child. Growing up in the Lansing area, Kyle later pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer. During his colorful rollercoaster of a career, Kyle experienced a plethora of adversity. Multiple job-related injuries, including a traumatic brain injury in 2009, led Kyle down a really dark path that seemed hopeless. Kyle's father always encouraged him to be part of the solution and not the problem. Amongst rehab centers, job loss, suicide attempts, and many other troublesome circumstances, Kyle's never-quit mantra would ring true. The genesis of Heroes Haven (along with the Get Back Up program) would be a melting pot of defeats turned into victories and hope to give away to other people.
Kyle also has an extensive history in the fitness community. He had a four-year contract with Optimum Nutrition as a CrossFit Athlete. Kyle and his late service dog (Honor) had the opportunity to travel the US and impact different veterans and first responders at CrossFit events and Spartan Races. He's also spoken within large corporations, military units, and police departments. His favorite was speaking to Chicago P.D. and their special units. During this season of his life, Kyle began a business venture to start a fitness center (ironically named Genesis) that would be another graves-into-gardens situation with what is now Mi Heroes Haven. This was also where Kyle began to lead a small church plant after being ordained.
Kyle has served on the board of the Eaton Rapids Chamber of Commerce, among other volunteer efforts in his community. He has worked in the private sector as a private investigator and conducted executive protection for high-level executives. Kyle also helps facilitate and lead others who are in the world of recovery and battling addictions.
His greatest adventure is his family. His continued knowledge of this work puts an emphasis on the truth that what we do is generational. Our kids are worth it! Kyles current adventure is helping aid in a new Get Back Up "Guide to Getting Unstuck" curriculum, along with planting new Heroes Haven Hubs across the U.S. He believes that if we're in fact a people with a solution, we must go meet those hurting where they are. In his eyes, a wounded healer is one of the greatest titles one could have. In fact, all of us have it within us.
Chief Operating Officer
Jared is a loving husband to Danielle since 2000, father of two children, a US Army Veteran with the 82nd Airborne Division, and current senior consultant with a top 10 national carrier providing workers’ compensation insurance.
Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, he joined the US Army in 1999 and served as an Avenger Crewmember in the 3rd Battalion, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Fort Bragg, NC, as part of the 82nd Airborne Division. Jared completed 30 parachute jumps and graduated from Jumpmaster School in 2003. Jared served one tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2002 and was honorably discharged in September 2003 as an E5 Sergeant. Following the military, Jared moved back to Lansing, MI, and got an entry-level job in the mailroom at Accident Fund Insurance Company of America. 19+ years and 10 promotions later, Jared now serves as a Senior Business Development Consultant working in Detroit and the surrounding communities. While working at Accident Fund, Jared earned his Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) in 2007, his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in 2014, and his Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 2018. Fun fact: less than 5% of people working in the insurance industry have a CPCU.
In his free time, Jared has volunteered and coached 15 seasons of youth sports. Coaching baseball and football for children between the ages of 5-14 in Delta Township and Grand Ledge, MI. Jared also served on the Grand Ledge Youth Baseball Board of Directors 2018–2020, a non-profit 501c3 serving the community for over 50 years. Jared has volunteered in multiple roles at Believers Christian Church in Grand Ledge, MI, but really loves playing guitar on stage with the praise & worship band!
With Jesus serving as his example, Jared tries to lead with love and understanding in every situation. Jared lost a cousin to suicide immediately after returning from Iraq. Jared has lost other veterans, friends, and acquaintances to suicide. Jared is committed to working with organizations that put people first and empower others to live their best lives. This often means getting involved and meeting people where they’re at instead of standing by and waiting for someone else to “do something”.
Makenna was born and raised in Michigan, and after 10 years of living out west in Wyoming and South Dakota, she has moved back to the west side of the Mitten. She spent her years out West working cattle and horses, graduated from the University of Wyoming with her B.S., and went on to own a small business in her community. She has a huge heart to serve the people around her, having spent the majority of the last decade volunteering and on staff as a worship leader at her church. Alongside her role at Heroes Haven, Makenna is a mom to her son, Liam, and is a passionate believer in using the gifts and talents given to their fullest potential in herself and others. This includes fitness at all levels: physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health. Her eclectic work/life experience and faith in God has provided many opportunities to connect with and uplift the people around her.
Marissa has been passionate about ministry and all things creative since she was a little girl. She pursued Vocational Ministry straight out of high school becoming a Media Intern at a Church in Rockford, IL which eventually led her back to her hometown of Grand Ledge, MI to start her career as Creative Arts Director at her church while simultaneously supporting our Creative department here at Heroes Haven. From the deliverables you get in hand, to the social media posts and content. Marissa can usually be found in-front of a computer, behind a camera, or in deep creative mode. She is passionate about expressing the LOVE of God through every little detail and it shines through her art.
Marissa and her husband Zack are born and raised in Mid-Michigan and are proud parents of a cute Corgi, Lucy. They love playing board games, catching up on the latest Netflix shows, or hanging out with friends and family on the weekends.
Women's Outreach Coordinator
Danielle, a devoted wife of 23 years and a proud mother of two sons, Zachary and Lucas, embarked on a remarkable journey as the owner of a preschool in Grand Ledge for 11 years. Currently serving as the Director of Children's Ministry at Believers Christian Church, she passionately spreads joy and faith among young hearts. Beyond her professional roles, Danielle runs a small business named "Planting Pause" from her home, where she shares her love for yoga and meditation with children. With a heart for helping others, a deep connection with nature, a love for animals, and a strong faith in Jesus, Danielle continues to inspire and make a positive impact in the lives of those around her.