Board of Governors

about the board of governors

Members of Van Andel Institute’s (VAI) Board of Governors support the Institute financially and are the ambassadors who share VAI’s mission, vision and important work with others to help gain further support to advance the Institute’s efforts.

Board of Governors members are encouraged to make an annual contribution of $3,000 or more per couple. Membership in the Board of Governors is by invitation only.

Co-chairs, Tim Long & Vicky Ludema


The goals of the Board of Governors are as follows:

  • Serve as ambassadors and advance the mission and vision of the Institute in the local community.
  • Remain current on research and educational advancements that are underway at VAI.
  • Attend special events, lunches and lectures when possible.
  • Provide perspectives and ideas aimed at advancing VAI’s vision and development activities.


The Board of Governors will have a minimum of two invitation lectures and one social engagement each year. Events include:

  • 2 complimentary tickets to the invitation-only Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner & Award Presentation
  • 2 complimentary tickets to the Board of Governors Dinner
  • Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lecture
  • Lunch & Learn events with JBoard Members
  • Recognition on VAI’s website and in the Institute’s annual report.

Current Board of Governors

January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Co-chairs: Tim Long & Vicky Ludema

Carl Falkenstern and Marguerite AitkenRosemary AndersonKurt Arvidson
Brian and Lori Vander BaanJeffrey and Cheryl BakerJames and Shirley Balk
Jean BassettJeff and Stephanie BattershallJohn and Ginny Baysore
Pricilla BeckerStacie BehlerBrian and Tami Jo Beltman
Jeffrey and Meg BennettMatthew and Shari BergerGregory and Rajene Betz
Dave and Jill BielemaDan and Anne BitzerTed and Betsy Boelema
Chuck and Chris BoelkinsDave and Carrie BoerM. Rodrick and Kathleen Bolhous
Jeremy BouwhuisAnne BrennanBrent and Rachael Brinks
Lenny and Laura BrucatoJim and Martie BultmanWilliam and Jackie Bylenga
Carol BylsmaJerry and Suzanne CallahanScott and Heidi Campbell
Josh and Linda Jo CarronJeff CauleyPeter and Soonmee Cha-Stamos
Tom and Nancy ClausSam ColellaTom and Nancy Coles
Steven and Diane ColvinRyan and Jessica CookKeith and Shirley Cook
Matthew CookCharles and Laura CoxMimi Cummings
Tom and Tracy CurranDave and Karen CusterStephen Czech
Kim DabbsThomas and Jacquie DeJongeDoug and Sandy Dekock
Marleen DeLongDan DeRykeRobert and Allison DeVilbiss
Douglas and Maria DeVosDick and Betsy DeVosLuann and Ron DeVries
Brian and Barbara DeVriesJohn and Michele DykemaMark Eastburg
Henry and Anne EmrichPete and LeAnn EnglesTom and Mickie Fox
Tina Freese-DeckerJosé Pedro FreitasDan and Lou Ann Gaydou
Stuart GenschawStephen GermicDan Goris
Braden GrahamMartin and Peggy GreydanusJefra Groendyk
Ron HaanPeter HahnJana Hall
Tom and Lynn HammerJeff and Ann HartenKurt and Madelon Hassberger
Paul and Sheryl HaverkateMatthew and Jennifer HaworthTom Helmstetter
Paulus and Rosemary HeuleDave and Donna HockstraSteve Hodges
Matt and Lynn HoeksemaPhilip and Sharon HoekstraRhonda Huismann
J.C. and Tammy HuizengaBill and Starr HumphriesTony Hunter
Ben and Molly HuntingWin and Kyle IrwinJohn James
Mike and Sue JandernoaSidney and Cate JansmaTom Jasper
Kevin JeakleKurt and Lynn JekkalsMatt and Sarah Jones
Peter and Veronica JonesDavid and Nancy KammeraadBrenda Kastner
Greg and Tammie KeaneJohn and Nancy KennedyRick Keyes
Chun Yul KimCraig and Deb KinneyLinda Klein
Greg and Birgit KlohsSteve KlotzJerry and Maribeth Kooiman
Matt KoolAl and Robin KoopBlake and Mary Krueger
Greg and Patrice LankferJohn and Katie KuiperRaymond and Jeannine Lanning
Ken and Bertil LarmJohn LeeseTimothy and Kimberly Long
Charles LottGary and Vicky LudemaMichael and Suzanne Lunn
David and Cynthia MadiolPhilomena MantellaHolly McCaw
Thomas and Dawn McDonaldTom and Jackie McGovernMichael and Jen McGraw
Mike and Dina McKnight-DargisMark and Mary Beth MeijerDeb Meijer
Rusty and Jenn MerchantBuzz and Lisa MillerJack Miller
Bill and Pat MillsBen and Elisabeth MillsMike and Rachel Mraz
Chris and Kara Ver MuelenMark and Elizabeth MurrayRichard and Paula Nelson
Laurie-Ann NettoJack NicholsJuan and Mary Olivarez
Steve and Beth OlsonMilind PantRick Pappas
Lee and Alexandra PerezLewis PitschRichard Postma
Todd RempeJohn and Ann RenucciGarry and Pat Ringnalda
Jeffery RobertsPaul Becker and Eve RogusDoug Rottman
Timothy RottschaferJohn and Therese RowerdinkGideon Sanders
Mark SatkoskiTimothy and Barbara SchowalterMary Schregardus
Matt and Sarah ScoginCharlie SecchiaTony and Dawn Semple
George and Missy SharpeGeorge and Linda SharpeTom and Barb Shaw
Sherri SmithDavid and Linda SpencerJohn and Judy Spoelhof
Robert and Susan StaffordFrank and Dana StanekBob Stead
Ann StephensJames and Dolly StrikwerdaTom and Mary Stuit
Theresa SullivanDuke SuwynRenee Tabben
Praveen ThadaniSteve and Laura TriezenbergJohn Truscott
David and Sandy TurnerDave and Carol Van AndelSteve and Amy Van Andel
Dan Van DyckMichael and Michelle Van DykeDaniel and Ann Marie Van Eerden
Ronald and Helen Van FaroweDonna Van HarenMaria Van Til
John Van WylenAllen and Nancy VanderLaanDoug and Amy VanderWoude
Michael and Gayle VanGesselDavid and Beth VanPortflietPeter and Denise Versluis
Chris and Dana VintonRuss and Chris VisnerPhil and Kathy Vogelsang
Tom and Laurie WelchJuli WemmerTina Wheeler
Ben and Jennifer WickstromScott and Rebecca WierdaJulie Wiersema
Greg and Meg WilitJim and Sue WilliamsBob and Karen Wiltz
Les and Jane WongJim and Mary WorkmanJohn and Kathy Workman
Jim and Jane Zwiers