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 the following:

  • 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 Hope on the Hill Gala
  • Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lecture
  • Lunch & Learn events with JBoard Members
Current Board of Governors

January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Co-chairs: Tim Long and Vicky Ludema

R. Tony & Kathleen Asselta Jeffrey & Stephanie Battershall Dave & Jill Bielema
Charles & Christine Boelkins Patrick Brady Dave & Karen Custer
Stephen J. Czech John & Michele Dykema David Eisler
Michael & Lynette Ellis Tim Emmitt Dan & Lou Ann Gaydou
Gary & Pam Granger Martin & Peggy Greydanus Paul & Rose Heule
J.C. Huizenga & Tammy Born-Huizenga Peter & Veronica Jones John & Deborah Kailunas II
Craig & Debra Kinney John C. Knapp Ray Loeschner
Tim & Kimberly Long Gary & Vicky Ludema Rusty & Jennifer Merchant
Mike & Rachel Mraz Jeffery Roberts John & Therese Rowerdink
John & Judy Spoelhof Thomas & Mary Stuit Steve & Laura Triezenberg
David & Carol Van Andel Steve & Amy Van Andel Michael & Michelle Van Dyke
David & Beth Van Portfliet Allen & Nancy Vander Laan Phil & Kathleen Vogelsang
Scott & Rebecca Wierda Jim & Jane Zwiers