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, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Co-chairs: Tim Long and Vicky Ludema

Kurt ArvidsonTony & Kathleen AsseltaJeff Battershall
Franco & Alessandra BianchiChuck & Christine BoelkinsThomas DeJonge
Douglas & Maria DeVosRichard DeVosMark Eastburg
Michael & Lynette EllisMathew & Jennifer FahrenkrugDan &d LouAnn Gaydou
Gary GrangerMartin & Peggy GreydanusThomas J. Haas
Dr. Peter & Veronica JonesCraig & Debra KinneyRay B. Loeschner
Tim & Kim LongMichael R. McGrawJeffery Roberts
John & Therese RowerdinkGeorge & Missy SharpeJohn & Judy Spoelhof
Rob & Susan StaffordDuke SuwynSteve & Cheryl Timyan
David & Carol Van AndelSteve & Amy Van AndelMaria Van Til
Brian & Lori VanderBaanDave & Beth VanPortflietGeoff & LeeAnne Widlak
Jim & Jane Zwiers