Sarah Rinsema-Sybenga

Sarah is the Program Manager of Muskegon Area District Library, a position she accepted after serving 20 years as the Founder and Director of Community enCompass.

“I love the community health vision that Hackley Community Care (HCC) has. This organization is a leader in our community, integrating traditional medicine with efforts that get to the broader, comprehensive social determinants that impact the health of our community and its residents. It’s an honor to be a part of this vision and implementation”.

In addition to serving on the HCC board, Sarah serves on the boards of Jefferson Towers Affordable Housing and Bethany Church, as well as serving as a facilitator for Community Together for Racial Understanding Dialogue Circles, a member of the LEAD Muskegon Giving Circle, and member of Muskegon Rotary.

Sarah has lived in Japan and traveled Asia. She taught English to hundreds of Japanese students, slept on tatami mats and in Buddhist temples, ate sushi cross-legged, drank Asahi and green tea, biked hundreds of miles of back roads, and learned what being “in the minority” means. Lessons from that world seep constantly into experiences in this world.

She lives Downtown Muskegon with her husband Dan and two children, Micah (13) and Elias (11). She is proud of her husband who serves as Dean of Academic Affairs at Muskegon Community College. She also plays violin with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, loves long runs and bike rides with her family, practices yoga as a way to stay centered, and writes poetry about the small stuff.