Crime Prevention/Community Organizer
Mary Bueche has been active in the greater Grand Rapids community for over 30 years. Her work in community activism began when she co-founded the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association in the late 70’s. While part of the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association she was instrumental in organizing efforts to preserve the green space near Kalamazoo and 28th Street now known as McKay Park. Mary’s longest standing position in community organizing was at the Creston Neighborhood Association where she developed, organized, and led the crime prevention program for 23 years. Currently, she is working with the SWAN crime prevention program.
Marie has lived on the Westside for almost 20 years.
Her Grandparents lived on the Westside from 1942-1992 and she visited them for
many years. Since their passing Marie purchased their home to preserve it from
becoming rental property and to protect their home they kept nice for many
years. Marie has been involved with John Ball Park Community Association for
almost 15 years. She has been their Secretary, helped organize the Sale at
Lincoln Park and the Arts and Craft Fair held annually at John Ball Park and
other Neighborhood events. She has also assisted with park clean ups and the
Easter Egg Hunts held yearly at John Ball Park. Marie has also worked at a
Union Shop and was the Secretary for 8 years and then the President of the
local for 4 years. She helped organize Christmas Parties, Company picnics,
employee appreciation, etc. The shop had at least 14 different nationalities
employed there which led to a lot of issues. She has always enjoyed helping
other and cares about people and her community. Currently, she is working with
the Southwest Area Neighbors as the Community Organizer. Marie’s favorite thing
about SWAN is being able to help people who need it and make a positive impact
on our neighborhood.
Administrative Assistant/Web ManagerKayla has lived in Grand Rapids for 5 years and in SWAN for three of the years and has a strong interest in the Neighborhood. When growing up in a small town she knew she wanted to explore a bigger city and find a way to help people. She found her passion in community development and planning with a degree in Public and Non Profit Administration from Grand Valley State University. While Studying at GVSU she fell in love with the city and knew it would be a place where she could call home. She has been an active Member of SWAN and volunteering since December of 2010.
Kayla’s favorite thing about SWAN is how the staff works with the residents to solve neighborhood problems without them escalating into a city issue.
Officer Tom Warwick
Community Police Officer
Tom started at the GRPD in 2006, working out in the East Service Area. He spent a little over a year there before moving to the West service area. Prior to working for the GRPD, he also worked for the Allegan County Sheriff’s Department in a variety of capacities, both on the road and in the courthouse. While at the GRPD, Tom attended the Leadership Institute and also the Field Training Officer School.