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
Margaret KennedyAlison KeutgenKevin & Katie Kileen
Kyle KimbleMichael KooistraEric Kovalak
Michael & Andrea LeestmaMichael LomonacoKimberly Loomis
Casey LoweryGeoff LudemaMike & Rachel Mraz
Christopher & Alyssa NanceKendra OsowskiGregory Paplawsky
Eric PayneStacy PeckLeland & Alexandra Perez
Justin PintoElizabeth PohlCody Pletcher
Nicole ProbstJeff & Deidre RemtemaSara Ross
Charlie & Tanya RowerdinkAlex SchrotenboerLisa Schrotenboer
Lindsay SlagboomJon & Allison SleightMeriden Smucker
Joseph SpoelhofSteven SteketeeTimothy Streit
Mark StuitElizabeth TerhorstBob Tsironis
Aaron & Hailey Van AndelChris Van AndelJesse & Heather Van Andel
Kyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBoschSarah Vander Baan
David & Sarah VanderveenSydney VintonAlison Waske Sutter
MeiLi WieringaAllie WittenbachAaron Wong
Megan Zubrickas  

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