Meet our volunteers
The Davies Project is powered by some fantastic members of the Greater Lansing community who have stepped up to provide crucial transportation to children in need. Our team is made up of volunteer drivers as well as administrative volunteers. Read more about their stories below.
Our volunteer drivers:
Mary Jo joined The Davies Project in the spring of 2015 and serves as the Family Services Coordinator. She is retired from the State of Michigan, having served the public there for over 25 years. She has 3 grown children, 7 grandchildren, and loves to quilt in her spare time.
Jack is a retired mental health worker and grandfather who likes meeting people and is interested in health care. Jack has been a driver with The Davies Project since 2014.
David became a volunteer driver for The Davies Project in 2015. He is retired from the military after having served 41 years. David has 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He enjoys doing volunteer work for people in need of assistance, for Grace Lutheran Church, the Lansing area food bank, Habitat for Humanity, and is a regular blood donor.
Mike is a retired high school social studies teacher and counselor. He enjoys a variety of activities from wood working and home improvements, to recently making a recumbent trike that he rode about 200 miles last year. Mike's wife, a tai chi practitioner and instructor enjoy travel. They have one daughter who is expecting a pair of twins, their first grand babies, later this Summer.
Elaine has called East Lansing home for many years and together with her husband have raised their three children there. She is now retired and her kids have moved to distant corners of the U.S. She enjoys traveling, hiking, baking, reading and knitting. Elaine looks forward to her drives for the Davies Project and enjoys meeting all the families.
Carolyn has been a driver for TDP since the summer of 2015. She is a retired nurse from Michigan State University Department of Pediatrics. She has 2 grown children and enjoys traveling with her husband, quilting and gardening.
Helen is a semi-retired nurse. She previously worked at the MSU Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Now she works on call there and also at the MSU primary care clinics, both at the Sparrow Professional building and at the Clinical Center. From her experience, she knows that transportation to medical appointments can be a significant barrier to receiving the care that a child needs. She is happy to volunteer her time to help with this great project.
Larry is a retiree from the State of Michigan's Department of Natural Resources Forest Resources Division. He continues to be involved in Michigan forestry issues. He and his wife have two grown sons, but no grandchildren yet. Recently, Larry has been involved with his youngest son's wedding in China and plans for a marriage celebration here in Michigan. His hobbies include running and videotaping high school soccer games.
Marilyn joined TDP in fall of 2015. Marilyn is self-employed, married with a daughter in college and son who recently graduated. Marilyn mentors a child weekly, reads and rides her horse.
Kathy grew up in Buffalo, New York, came to Michigan for college, and has been here ever since. She is recently retired from the Capital Area District Library. In addition to volunteering for The Davies Project, Kathy volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Greater Lansing Food Bank, and Loaves and Fishes. Her hobbies include cooking (and eating!), running/walking, and yoga.
Janice joined TDP in February 2018. She retired in 2016 after doing administrative work for 31 years. She currently works part time at MSU as a standardized patient. She loves to read, run, travel and cook. Janice is the mother of 3 adult children and is a step-grandma to 3 boys. She grew up in a family with 8 brothers and sisters and relishes any day she can spend time with kids.
Mary joined TDP in August as a volunteer driver. She is recently retired from teaching at the middle school level in DeWitt. Mary had lots of help from her community when, years ago, her young son was very ill. Driving for TDP is part of her plan to "pay it forward" to families going through similar rough times. Mary and her husband live in DeWitt and have four children and seven grand-children.
Kathy is the mother of 3 grown sons (and 1 daughter-in-law!). She spends much of her spare time helping out in kindergarten classes and mentoring students at the elementary school that her boys used to attend. Many of her interests revolve around nutrition and fitness. Kathy has been with the Davies Project since early 2018.
Kevin and Janet have been married for almost 20 years. Kevin is a faculty member at MSU and Janet is a former teacher who now works part-time in the dental industry. After Janet started driving for The Davies Project last October, she convinced Kevin to get trained as a driver as well. Between the two of them, they are excited to be able to provide rides and give back to the community in such a tangible way.
Tanna is a mom of 4 and joined TDP in June 2015 as a Volunteer Driver. She has worked as a paralegal for private law firms since 1996.
Marcia became a volunteer driver with TDP in 2015. She is a retired high school teacher and has two fantastic grown up children and an amazing son-in-law. Volunteering takes up a lot of her time. Marcia enjoys driving for the Davies Project and being part of her church parish care team. Other activities she enjoys include gardening (especially herbs), knitting, quilting and working on fitness and wellness.
Fred joined the TDP in the winter of 2016, and serves as one of the drivers for the Project. He is a retired MSU faculty member where he worked for 35 years. In addition to his wife of almost 50 years Fred has two sons and four grandchildren. He is enjoying his retirement with numerous hobbies and activities, including flying, golf and rebuilding a 1977 Corvette.
Mike became a volunteer driver with TDP in 2016. He is a retired professional serving in various capacities in the non profit sector. He was Executive Director of the Capital Area United Way and Executive Director of the American Red Cross in Genesee and Lapeer counties. He also served in local government. He has been married to Linda for 46 years and they have 5 children, along with five grandchildren. Mike is an avid runner and walker.
Our administrative volunteers
Margot Landa Kielhorn
Margot Landa Kielhorn