Director of Operations
Alec brings creative and organizational talents to his role as Director of Operations for Sanford House. During the renovation of Sanford House at Cherry Street, he was tasked with bringing new life to the long neglected outside spaces. Thinking big, Alec ordered 220 arborvitae and boxwood trees from Washington State, and led a brigade of friends in planting the trees and transforming the grounds. The resulting natural, green fence lining the property, has become a landmark feature of Sanford House and all of Cherry Street.
Armed with a BA in Political Science and Public Policy from Michigan State University, Alec joined Sanford House full time in May of 2016. His degree immediately proved useful as he led the re-zoning campaign for Sanford House’s newest venture at John Street for Men. The renovation of the Heritage Hill, Hazeltine mansion has become a 20 bed men’s addiction treatment center. With unanimous approval from the zoning board, Alec is now channeling his duties toward all aspects of operations, purchasing and directing significant, ongoing projects. He will also provide structure and organization to the men’s and women’s facilities.
Alec is a proud fan of his hometown, Grand Rapids. He is oftentimes out exploring new features of the city or fulfilling a request to show an out of town guest everything Grand Rapids has to offer. As a nod to his passion for history and politics, Alec can be found traveling, in his quest to visit every presidential library in the United States.
Alec says, “I love being a part of Sanford House, because it is not just a place to work. We are a family. Everyone is dedicated to creating a warm environment where men and women can come to learn about their new life in recovery.”