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, 2021 – December 31, 2021
Co-chairs: Tim Long & Vicky Ludema

Dennis and Barbara AdamaRosemary AndersonWalter and Sally Andreatta
Roy AneedRob and Dawn ArnoysKurt Arvidson
Heidi AumanJeffrey and Cheryl BakerJames and Shirley Balk
Jean BassettJeff and Stephanie BattershallStacie Behler
Brian and Tami Jo BeltmanMatthew and Shari BergerGregory and Rajene Betz
Franco and Alessandra BianchiDave and Jill BielemaDan and Anne Bitzer
Ted and Betsy BoelemaChuck and Chris BoelkinsDave and Carrie Boer
Fred BogaertBrian BosgraafJeremy Bouwhuis
Brent and Rachael BrinksLenny and Laura BrucatoDouglas and Joan Budden
Jim and Martie BultmanWilliam and Jackie BylengaCarol Bylsma
Jerry and Suzanne CallahanScott and Heidi CampbellJosh and Linda Jo Carron
Randy and Amy ChambersPeter and Soonmee Cha-StamosTom and Nancy Claus
Steven and Diane ColvinCharles and Laura CoxBill and Marilyn Crawford
Mimi CummingsTom and Tracy CurranBill Currie
Dave and Karen CusterRandy and Julie DamstraThomas and Jacquie DeJonge
Doug and Sandy DekockMike and Jean DeryRobert and Allison DeVilbiss
Dick and Betsy DeVosDouglas and Maria DeVosBrian and Barbara DeVries
Arlin and Emma DisselkoenJohn and Michele DykemaMark Eastburg
Mike and Lynette EllisMike and Barb EllisHenry and Anne Emrich
Diego FilippiTom and Mickie FoxMichelle Frasier
Tina Freese-DeckerJosé Pedro FreitasTodd and Brenda Gardner
Dan and Lou Ann GaydouScott and Jaclyn GeerlingsMary Glidden
Daniel GoodmanMartin and Peggy GreydanusJefra Groendyk
Ron HaanPeter HahnJana Hall
Tom and Lynn HammerJeff and Ann HartenKurt and Madelon Hassberger
Paul and Sheryl HaverkateTom HelmstetterPaulus and Rosemary Heule
Dave and Donna HockstraSteve HodgesMatt and Lynn Hoeksema
Philip and Sharon HoekstraJ.C. and Tammy HuizengaBill and Starr Humphries
Ben and Molly HuntingJohn and Laura HurleyCarl and Kelly Jandernoa
Mike and Sue JandernoaSidney and Cate JansmaRobert and Lynne Jarman-Johnson
Kurt and Lynn JekkalsRobert JohnsonByran Jones
Peter and Veronica JonesDavid and Nancy KammeraadBrenda Kastner
John and Nancy KennedyCraig and Deb KinneyLinda Klein
Brian and Terri KloostraSteve KlotzJerry and Maribeth Kooiman
Al and Robin KoopBlake and Mary KruegerGreg and Maureen Kuhl
John and Katie KuiperRaymond and Jeannine LanningKen and Bertil Larm
Timothy and Kimberly LongGary and Vicky LudemaMichael and Suzanne Lunn
David and Cynthia MadiolPhilomena MantellaMary Beth Martin
Tom and Jackie McGovernMichael and Jen McGrawMike and Dina McKnight-Dargis
Deb MeijerLena MeijerMark and Mary Beth Meijer
Rusty and Jenn MerchantBuzz and Lisa MillerJack Miller
Scott MillerDavid and Kim MoorheadMike and Rachel Mraz
Paul and Anne NemschoffLaurie-Ann NettoTom and Greta Newhof
Jack NicholsJohn NortonMike and Liz Novakoski
Juan and Mary OlivarezSteve and Beth OlsonRick Pappas
Ken and Jill PeirceRichard PostmaJay Preston
John PurcellTodd RempeGarry and Pat Ringnalda
Tom and Brenda RinksJeffery RobertsPaul Becker and Eve Rogus
Elaine RongeyDoug RottmanJohn and Therese Rowerdink
Gideon SandersMark SatkoskiMichael and Cynthia Schaap
Timothy and Barbara SchowalterMatt and Sarah ScoginTony and Dawn Semple
George and Missy SharpeGeorge and Linda SharpeMike and Meredith Slobodnik
John and Judy SpoelhofScott and Jan SpoelhofRobert and Susan Stafford
Frank and Dana StanekJames and Dolly StrikwerdaTom and Mary Stuit
Theresa SullivanDuke SuwynPraveen Thadani
Steve and Laura TriezenbergDavid and Sandy TurnerDave and Carol Van Andel
Steve and Amy Van AndelSharon Van DellenDan Van Dyck
Michael and Michelle Van DykeDaniel and Ann Marie Van EerdenDonna Van Haren
Maria Van TilJohn Van WylenBrian and Lori Vander Baan
Allen and Nancy VanderLaanPatti VandortMichael and Gayle VanGessel
David and Beth VanPortflietPeter and Denise VersluisChristopher and Dana Vinton
Wayne and Angela VisbeenPhil and Kathy VogelsangTom and Laurie Welch
Joe WestraBen and Jennifer WickstromScott and Rebecca Wierda
Greg and Meg WillitKris WohlartLes and Jane Wong
Jim and Mary WorkmanJohn and Kathy WorkmanJim and Jane Zwiers