JBoard Ambassadors

About the JBoard

JBoard Ambassadors provides a forum, a framework, and an opportunity to build engaging relationships between young individuals and Van Andel Institute (VAI).

  • Become the next generation of ambassadors by sharing VAI’s mission with the community to help grow JBoard membership.
  • Provide outreach to individuals through engagement events throughout the year.
  • Support VAI financially with a donation of $250 per year per person.
  • Learn firsthand from the scientists at Van Andel Research Institute about the cutting-edge biomedical research that is being done right here in Grand Rapids in the areas of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Plus, hear updates from the educators at Van Andel Education Institute and Van Andel Institute Graduate School about how they are inspiring and preparing tomorrow’s scientists.

Join the JBoard

  • Attend JBoard events that provide networking opportunities with peers.
  • Learn about VAI’s new discoveries in biomedical research and science education projects.
  • Receive news and information about annual VAI events on a regular basis.
  • Receive invitations to annual health science forums and luncheons throughout the year.
  • Recognition on VAI’s website and in the Institute’s annual report.
  • Recognition in an annual “Thank You” advertisement in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
Events for JBoard Members

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


Current JBoard Members

Co-chairs: Rachel Mraz and Chad Bassett

Jill AustinTroy AustinJennifer Baldini
Chad BassettBrian BlodgettScott & Heidi Campbell
Don & Heather CarlsonHeather ChristmannNatalie Cleary
Matthew CookPaige CornetetBlake Crabb
Afton & Aaron DeVosSamuel DeVriesBo & Jennifer Fowler
Kevin GardenierLinsey GleasonAndrew Grashuis
Brandi HuyserJack IottEric Jones
Kevin KileenEric KovalakMichael Lomonaco
Erica LonnKimberly LoomisGeoff Ludema
Matthew McDonaldPhillip MitchellEvan & Caitlin Mlynarek
Mike & Rachel MrazAlyssa & Chris NanceMatt Osterhaven
Gregory PaplawskyLee & Alexandra PerezLaurie Placinski
Nikki ProbstJeff & Deidre RemtemaCharlie & Tanya Rowerdink
Allison SleightMeriden SmuckerLindsay Slagboom
Timothy StreitPaul & Libby StuitAlison Waske Sutter
Charity TaatjesWilliam TemplinJane Tomaszewski
Aaron Van AndelChris Van AndelJesse Van Andel
Kyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBoschDavid & Sarah Vanderveen
Marc VeenstraAmanda WhowellMeiLi Wieringa
Charlie WondergemMegan Zubrickas 


For more information about the JBoard, please contact Teresa Reid at 616.234.5040 or Teresa.Reid@vai.org.