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! 

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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


There are no upcoming events at this time.

Current JBoard Members

Co-chairs: Rachel Mraz and Chad Bassett

Dorothy ArmstrongKeegan BalkRob & Katie Barcelona
Chad BassettLindsay BenedictChristopher Billmeier
Hannah BlackwellPaige CornetetBlake Crabb
Jenna DeBestAaron & Afton DeVosSamuel DeVries & Lily Powers
Alex Ehlert-VanBeverenJennifer FischerMary Hilger
April HirdesKen Hoffman & Lisa RoseJordan Hoyer
Jason & Brandi HuyserEric JonesMargaret Kennedy
Alison KeutgenKevin & Katie KileenKyle Kimble
Eric KovalakMichael & Andrea LeestmaCasey Lowery
Geoff LudemaMike & Rachel MrazChristopher & Alyssa Nance
Kendra OsowskiGregory PaplawskyEric Payne
Stacy PeckLeland & Alexandra PerezJustin Pinto
Cody PletcherPablo & Jenna PrietoNicole Probst
Sara RossCharlie & Tanya RowerdinkAlex Schrotenboer
Lisa SchrotenboerJon & Allison SleightJoseph Spoelhof
Timothy StreitMark StuitBob Tsironis
Aaron & Hailey Van AndelChris Van AndelJesse & Heather Van Andel
Kyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBoschSarah Vander Baan
Tripp & Katie VanderWalSydney VintonAllie Wittenbach
Brandon & Tina WongMegan Zubrickas 

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