GFM The 
Synergy Center

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Administrative Staff and Team



Valarie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration also from Western Michigan University.  She has over 18 years of experience in the Behavioral Health field. 

Over 15 years ago, her desire to see change and transformation was her driving force to birth GFM The Synergy Center.  She saw a need to provide culturally sensitive,  relevant programs within hard to reach areas and services in the community she serves. Valarie's love and compassion to see those in hurting helped and healed led her to continue to expand programs and services that extend beyond the borders of Kalamazoo. 

When available to counsel, her specialty area is Faith Based Counseling, Marriage and Couples counseling especially to those in leadership (pastors, and leadership team members), adults and teenagers.

In 2014, the UrbanZone was launched to provide a safe haven for teenagers to include a educational learning center, a commercial kitchen and an recording studio engage teens in healthy healing and engagement.



Veronica earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University, as well as, an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University. She has over 11 years of professional experience in Education, Social Enterprises, Human Services and Nonprofit Agencies, that include working for Kalamazoo Public Schools, the State of Michigan (MDHHS & Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital), and Bethany Christian Services. Veronica is a servant leader who has a heart for the greater Kalamazoo community. She works diligently to eliminate barriers that impact marginalized populations.

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Keynote Speaker Dr. Arthur James at the 2019 Breaking the Stigma: African American Mental Health Symposium.