Nicole is the Director of The Landing, a weekly community gathering and food pantry through Akron Christian Reformed Church where guests and volunteers alike come with needs and gifts to offer, all landing on equal ground. She is a Compassionate Entrepreneur with Trades of Hope, which partners with women around the world by selling their handmade jewelry and home décor so to empower them out of poverty, human trafficking and other vulnerable situations. Over 20 years ago Nicole went on her first trip to Honduras thinking she was going to help. What she discovered was that her brothers and sisters there had more to offer her than she had to offer them. Over a 10 year period, she continued to travel to places like Central America, the U.S. - Mexican border, inner cities, and to living rooms of undocumented friends seeking to learn and live in solidarity with the marginalized. She has continued this pilgrimage for the last 11 years with her husband Andrew, her children, and her neighbors in Akron. She is a graduate of the KLA School of Urban Leadership and is excited about helping others gain the practical skills and experience that the KLA offers.