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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

Current JBoard Members

Co-chairs: Rachel Mraz and Chad Bassett

Rob & Katie BarcelonaChad BassettChristopher Billmeier
Hannah BlackwellPaige AfendoulisBlake Crabb
Jenna DeBestAaron & Afton DeVosSamuel DeVries & Lily Powers
Ben EastburgAlex Ehlert-VanBeverenJennifer Fischer
Meghan GartmanZachary GebbenMary Hilger
Ken Hoffman & Lisa RoseMark Holzbach & Dana Friis-HansenJordan Hoyer
Jason & Brandi HuyserMatt & Sarah JonesMargaret Kennedy
Kevin & Katie KileenMichael & Andrea LeestmaCasey Lowery
Mike & Rachel MrazThomas Murray IIIChristopher & Alyssa Nance
Kendra OsowskiGregory PaplawskyLeland & Alexandra Perez
Justin PintoCody PletcherNicole Probst
Thomas and Kendra RalstonSara RossAlex Schrotenboer
Jon & Allison SleightJoseph SpoelhofTimothy Streit
Mark StuitAaron & Hailey Van AndelChris Van Andel
Jesse & Heather Van AndelKyle Van AndelBrian VanBeveren
Daniel VandenBoschSarah Vander BaanTripp & Katie VanderWal
Samuel & Sydney VucelichJustin WelkerBrandon & Tina Wong
Cameron YoungMegan Zubrickas 

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