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

  • Periodic research and education Lunch & Learn events
  • JBoard Member Mixer
  • Around the World®, the annual JBoard fundraising event
  • The Carol Van Andel Angel of Excellence Dinner and Award Presentation


Current JBoard Members

Co-chairs: Rachel Mraz and Chad Bassett

Dorothy ArmstrongTroy & Jill AustinJennifer Baldini
Keegan BalkChad BassettChristopher Billmeier
Scott & Heidi CampbellNatalie ClearyMatthew Cook
Paige CornetetBlake CrabbAfton & Aaron DeVos
Samuel DeVriesWilliam DionBo & Jennifer Fowler
Kevin GardenierLinsey GleasonDavid Granger
Andrew GrashuisDr. Ken Hoffman & Lisa RoseChristine Hughes
Brandi HuyserJack IottEric Jones
Alison KeutgenKevin & Katie KileenEric Kovalak
Michael & Andrea LeestmaMichael LomonacoErica Lonn
Kimberly LoomisGeoff LudemaMatthew McDonald
Peter MedemaElizabeth MinesPhillip Mitchell
Evan & Caitlin MlynarekMike & Rachel MrazAlyssa & Chris Nance
Heather NewhouseDana NicholsonMatt Osterhaven
Gregory PaplawskyErin PaquetEric Payne
Lee & Alexandra PerezLaurie PlacinskiNikki Probst
Jeff & Deidre RemtemaLiz RhodaCharlie & Tanya Rowerdink
Liz RuneyAllison SleightMeriden Smucker
Lindsay SlagboomSteve SteketeeTimothy Streit
Paul & Libby StuitAlison Waske SutterCharity Taatjes
Liz TerHorstWilliam TemplinJane Tomaszewski
Bob TsironisAaron & Hailey Van AndelChris Van Andel
Jesse Van AndelKyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBosch
David & Sarah VanderveenMarc VeenstraAmanda Whowell
MeiLi WieringaCharlie WondergemAaron Wong
Megan Zubrickas  

For more information about the JBoard, please contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or sarah.rollman@vai.org.