Disability Network West Michigan has hired Diane N. Fleser as its new executive director. Disability Network West Michigan provides independent living resources for people with disabilities in a five-county area. Fleser, a native of Hart, brings 16 years of experience to her role, including six years with the Michigan Army National Guard.
Since 2010, she has worked in a variety of roles with area nonprofits, including six years working with vulnerable populations and four years in program development and design. Active in the community, Fleser has volunteered with organizations such as,Girls on the Run, Muskegon Habitat for Humanity, United Way and others. Fleser holds a bachelor of arts in sociology from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in science administration from Central Michigan University. She is currently working on her doctorate in interdisciplinary health science from Western Michigan University. John Wahlberg, chair of the DNWM board. said “Ms. Fleser is experienced in creating and developing strong mission-drive programs within the five counties we serve. She has personal contacts and a history of building hands-on community partnerships.”