Van Andel Institute Leadership Team

VAI Chairman and CEO

DAVID VAN ANDEL

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

David Van Andel is Chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute for Education and Medical Research in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also an entrepreneur involved in several other business interests in the natural and life science products industries.

The son of Jay Van Andel, Founder of the Van Andel Institute and Co-Founder of Amway Corporation, he is currently a member of Amway’s Board of Directors and serves on its Executive, Governance and Audit committees. Prior to leading the Van Andel Institute, he had been in various positions at Amway since 1977 including Chief Operating Officer of Amway’s Pyxis Innovations Business Unit and was Senior Vice President – Americas and Europe, overseeing the Amway business activities in North America and 22 European and 11 Latin American affiliates.

Leadership Team

Love Collins III

Vice President of Development, Communications and Marketing

Mr. Love Collins, III joined the Van Andel Institute in 2011. He has more than 35 years of leadership experience in the areas of management, capital campaigns, major gifts, finance, strategic planning, donor cultivation, stewardship and other business processes. Prior to joining VAI, Mr. Collins served as Executive Vice President for Advancement at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina.

Jana Hall

Chief Operations Officer

Jana Hall, Ph.D., M.B.A., joined Van Andel Institute in 2012 as Chief Operations Officer, following nearly twenty years in research administration and operations management for a 6,400-employee healthcare organization and most recently as a science and technology advisor for the United States Department of State. Between 1992 and 2010, Dr. Hall served as Director, Executive Director and Vice President for Hawaii Pacific Health, Honolulu, a non-profit healthcare network that includes four hospitals, more than 40 clinics, 1,300 physicians and 6,400 employees.

Peter Jones, Ph.D, D.Sc.

VARI Research Director and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Jones was born in South Africa, raised and attended college in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and received his Ph.D. from the University of London. He joined the University of Southern California in 1977..

Steven J. Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Director of VAEI, President and Dean of VAIGS

Dr. Triezenberg received his bachelor’s degree in biology and education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His Ph.D. training in cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan was followed by...

David Whitescarver

Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

David Whitescarver serves as Van Andel Institute's Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. He manages the legal affairs of VAI, Van Andel Research Institute, and
Van Andel Education Institute and serves as secretary to the boards of each organization. Whitescarver is a globally-experienced leader of legal programs and teams in major healthcare and IT organizations.  Prior to joining VAI, he served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of New York Blood Center, Inc., where he also led the technology transfer office.  He previously held senior legal leadership positions at Medtronic, Inc., including as general counsel of its Vascular Division where he was awarded Medtronic’s Outstanding Leadership Award, and at Gateway, Inc. in Asia and Europe.  Whitescarver was a corporate associate at Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance) and served as a law clerk to Judge Howard M. Holtzmann at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.

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VAI Operations Team

VARI Research Director and Chief Scientific Officer

VAEI Education and Graduate School, Trustees, Boards and Councils