Ryan Julian

Board President


Mr. Julian has been serving on the New Branches Board since April 2010.  He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering and is an active member of the OSU Alumni Association of West Michigan.  He has worked at Bosch Braking Systems, Panasonic Factory Automation, and Square D Company.  Ryan is the General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Industrial Service Technology in Grand Rapids. IST is a family-owned business specializing in warehousing and manufacturing systems and support. Ryan is the proud parent of two former New Branches students.

Scott Embree

Board Treasurer


Scott Embree has been a New Branches board member since April 2011. He has been appointed the chair of the Finance Committee and also serves on the School Improvement Committee. Scott is a Financial Services Professional. He is originally from the Chicagoland area, and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009 with a Bachelors of Business Administration. Scott’s concentration was international business, finance and Spanish. He is an active member of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and Grand Rapids Young Professionals. He spends time volunteering with Kids Food Basket and Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids.

Athena Cronberg

Board Secretary


Athena graduated from Davenport University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management, with a concentration in small business. Currently employed by the United States Postal Service as a Supervisor of Customer Service, she is beginning further work and training in the labor relations field at USPS. Athena is currently serving as a subscriber board member at Grand Valley Health Plan and as secretary of her local branch of the National Association of Postal Supervisors. She has one child that currently attends New Branches.

Dawn Martinson



Dawn has been a Board member since December 2010. She has lived in the Grand Rapids area all of her life having graduated from Davenport College with a degree in Legal Administration. Dawn has been a Regional Manager with International Student Exchange, a non-profit high-school aged exchange program, for the past five years. She is an active member of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, where she was named Ambassador of the Year for 2010. She is also involved in the Grandville-Jenison and Walker Chambers of Commerce. Dawn is also a member of The Kenowa Chapter of AMBUCS™, Inc., a non-profit service organization of men and women dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. While being active in many community events, she also loves to travel here and abroad, and enjoys spending time with her family.

Steve Null



Steve Null has been on the board since December 2012, Steve also sits on the Facilities Advisory Group. Steve is co-founder of Universal Decontamination Services (UDECON, LLC) which was founded in January of 2005 and Director of Field Operations. Steve has lived in the West Michigan area since 1985. Steve is married with 5 grown children and 7 grandchildren. Steve has over 22 years of experience in the construction of commercial and residential structures. Steve sits on the Heart of West Michigan United Way Health Vision Council. Steve is an active member with the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

Kina King


Kina King is the devoted wife of Daniel T. King and the mother of two beautiful daughters Danisha and Keymareeah King. She is an active role model in her community and local churches.  Kina is a visionary and an extraordinary playwright. Kina King is the CEO of “Consecrated King Productions” This non-profit  business is meant to reach the multitude by way of drama and music.  She sends out messages of hope and encouragement for all.  Kina strives to bring out the best in everyone one she comes in contact with.   Kina is certainly dedicated and committed to serve in various areas in the community.

Eric Thomas-Ferrell


Bio coming soon!