fbpx

JBoard Ambassadors

About the JBoard

Are you a young professional that’s interested in supporting cancer and Parkinson’s disease research in a fun and exciting way? Join our JBoard!

By donating $25 a month — or $300 a year — you’ll have access to the latest discoveries in Van Andel Institute’s biomedical research and science education initiatives. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with a vibrant group of young professionals at special events throughout the year while supporting a good cause. You can sign-up for a single membership for $300 or $500 for a couple (JBoard membership is tax deductible).

Help to improve the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations by signing up today!

Join the JBoard Now

JBoard Perks
  • Connect with the best of West Michigan’s young professionals.
  • Learn firsthand from Institute scientists about the cutting-edge biomedical research that is being done in the areas of cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and more. Plus, hear updates from the educators at Van Andel Education Institute and Van Andel Institute Graduate School.
  • Receive invitations to annual health-science forums and luncheons throughout the year.
  • Recognition on VAI’s website and in the Institute’s annual report.

JBoard Events


  • Connection Breakfast Networking and Research Updates
  • Public Lecture Series
  • Annual Summer JBoard Member Mixer
  • Around the World®, the annual JBoard wine-tasting fundraising event
  • The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation


Click to view all 2020 events.


Current JBoard Members

Co-chairs: Rachel Mraz and Chad Bassett

Dorothy ArmstrongTravis ArnoysKeegan Balk
Rob & Katie BarcelonaChad BassettLindsay Benedict
Christopher BillmeierHannah BlackwellPaige Cornetet
Blake CrabbJenna DeBestAaron & Afton DeVos
Samuel DeVries & Lily PowersAlex Ehlert-VanBeverenJennifer Fischer
Zachary GebbenMary HilgerApril Hirdes
Ken Hoffman & Lisa RoseMark Holzbach & Dana Friis-HansenJordan Hoyer
Jason & Brandi HuyserEric JonesMatt & Sarah Jones
Andrew KapanowskiMargaret KennedyAlison Keutgen
Kevin & Katie KileenKyle KimbleEric Kovalak
Michael & Andrea LeestmaCasey LoweryGeoff Ludema
Mike & Rachel MrazThomas Murray IIIChristopher & Alyssa Nance
Kendra OsowskiGregory PaplawskyEric Payne
Stacy PeckLeland & Alexandra PerezJustin Pinto
Cody PletcherNicole ProbstSara Ross
Charlie & Tanya RowerdinkAlex SchrotenboerLisa Schrotenboer
Kelsey Schweibert Jon & Allison SleightJoseph Spoelhof
Timothy StreitMark StuitAaron & Hailey Van Andel
Chris Van AndelJesse & Heather Van AndelKyle Van Andel
Daniel VandenBoschSarah Vander BaanTripp & Katie VanderWal
Sydney VintonAllie WittenbachBrandon & Tina Wong
Cameron YoungMegan Zubrickas 

For more information about the JBoard, please contact Emily Mace at 616.234.5392 or emily.mace@vai.org.