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 ArmstrongKeegan BalkRob & Katie Barcelona
Chad BassettLindsay BenedictChristopher Billmeier
Paige CornetetBlake CrabbJenna DeBest
Aaron & Afton DeVosSamuel DeVriesTad Dobre
Alex Ehlert-VanBeverenJennifer FischerMary Hilger
April HirdesKen Hoffman & Lisa RoseJordan Hoyer
Crissy HughesJason & Brandi HuyserEric Jones
Alison KeutgenKevin & Katie KileenMichael Kooistra
Eric KovalakMichael & Andrea LeestmaMichael Lomonaco
Kimberly LoomisCasey LoweryGeoff Ludema
Mike & Rachel MrazChristopher & Alyssa NanceHeather Newhouse
Dana NicholsonKendra OsowskiGregory Paplawsky
Eric PayneStacy PeckLeland & Alexandra Perez
Justin PintoElizabeth PohlCody Pletcher
Nicole ProbstJeff & Deidre RemtemaCharlie & Tanya Rowerdink
Alex SchrotenboerLisa SchrotenboerLindsay Slagboom
Jon & Allison SleightMeriden SmuckerJoseph Spoelhof
Steven SteketeeTimothy StreitMark Stuit
Elizabeth TerhorstBob TsironisAaron & Haley Van Andel
Chris Van AndelJesse Van AndelKyle Van Andel
Daniel VandenBoschSarah Vander BaanDavid & Sarah Vanderveen
Sydney VintonAlison Waske SutterMeiLi Wieringa
Allie WittenbachAaron WongMegan Zubrickas

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