staff-maryMary Bueche
Crime Prevention/Community Organizer

Mary Bueche has been active in the greater Grand Rapids community for over 30 years. Her work in community activism began when she co-founded the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association in the late 70’s. While part of the Alger Heights Neighborhood Association she was instrumental in organizing efforts to preserve the green space near Kalamazoo and 28th Street now known as McKay Park. Mary’s longest standing position in community organizing was at the Creston Neighborhood Association where she developed, organized, and led the crime prevention program for 23 years. Currently, she is working with the JBAN Crime Prevention program.

staff-marieMarie Cimochowicz
Community Organizer

Marie has lived on the Westside for almost 20 years. Her Grandparents lived on the Westside from 1942-1992 and she visited them for many years. Since their passing Marie purchased their home to preserve it from becoming rental property and to protect their home they kept nice for many years. Marie has been involved with John Ball Park Community Association for almost 15 years. She has been their Secretary, helped organize the Sale at Lincoln Park and the Arts and Craft Fair held annually at John Ball Park and other Neighborhood events. She has also assisted with park clean ups and the Easter Egg Hunts held yearly at John Ball Park. Marie has also worked at a Union Shop and was the Secretary for 8 years and then the President of the local for 4 years. She helped organize Christmas Parties, Company picnics, employee appreciation, etc. The shop had at least 14 different nationalities employed there which led to a lot of issues. She has always enjoyed helping other and cares about people and her community. Currently, she is working with the John Ball Area Neighbors as the Community Organizer. Marie’s favorite thing about JBAN is being able to help people who need it and make a positive impact on our neighborhood.

Officer Kurt Hintz
Community Police Officer

Officer Kurt Hintz served in the United States Marine Corps from 1987-1991 as a Presidential Security Guard for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush.  He worked for 6 plus years as a police officer for the City of Houston.  He joined the GRPD in June 1997 where he worked as a Patrolmen for 5 years before joining the detective unit for the next 2 years as a general case detective for the Westside.  He returned to nightshift patrol on the Westside for the next 11 years before becoming the West Community officer.  He also serves as a firearms instructor and is a member of the Grand Rapids Honor Guard.  He is the founder of the Robert Kozminski Memorial Softball tournament and the Vetsports vs GRPD softball tournament.

Officer Hintz is often present at our monthly board meetings. Join us from 6pm to 7:30 on the Second Wednesday of the month in our offices at Lincoln Park!

Captain Matt Ostapowicz
Westside Service Area Commander

Captain Matthew Ostapowicz is a second generation Grand Rapids Police Officer, following in the footsteps of his father, Deputy Police Chief Daniel Ostapowicz.  Captain Ostapowicz graduated from Siena Heights University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  He was hired by the GRPD in 1995 and worked as a Patrol Officer for one year, before being transferred to the Special Response Team for the next five years.  After his promotion to Sergeant in 2001, Captain Ostapowicz worked as a Patrol Supervisor for a short period, before returning to the Special Response Team in 2002.  In 2008, he was assigned to the Internal Affairs Unit, where he worked until June 2011, when he was named Acting Lieutenant and worked as the Watch Commander on Patrol Unit Three.  Captain Ostapowicz was formally promoted to Lieutenant in 2012, and continued in his same position of Watch Commander, until assuming the role of Lieutenant for the Special Response Team in April 2013.  He has worked in that position since that time.  Captain Ostapowicz has held an additional duty assignment as a Use of Force Instructor since 1996, and has received instructor certifications in various less-lethal devices and munitions, chemical agents, and distraction devices.  Additionally, he has been a part of training every recruit class since 1996.  Throughout his tenure with the Department, Captain Ostapowicz has received three Team Performance Awards, an Achievement Award, five Meritorious Unit Citations, and numerous Letters of Recognition.

We thank Captain Ostapowicz for his continued leadership across all of West Grand Rapids. He continues to be a familiar face to our members, board, and staff. You can see him taking part in community planning, local events while on duty, and even out in the community with his family.