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
Hannah BlackwellPaige CornetetBlake Crabb
Jenna DeBestAaron & Afton DeVosSamuel DeVries & Lily Powers
Tad DobreAlex Ehlert-VanBeverenJennifer Fischer
Mary HilgerApril HirdesKen Hoffman & Lisa Rose
Jordan HoyerJason & Brandi HuyserEric Jones
Margaret KennedyAlison KeutgenKevin & Katie Kileen
Kyle KimbleEric KovalakMichael & Andrea Leestma
Michael LomonacoCasey LoweryGeoff Ludema
Mike & Rachel MrazChristopher & Alyssa NanceKendra Osowski
Gregory PaplawskyEric PayneStacy Peck
Leland & Alexandra PerezJustin PintoCody Pletcher
Nicole ProbstSara RossCharlie & Tanya Rowerdink
Alex SchrotenboerLisa SchrotenboerLindsay Slagboom
Jon & Allison SleightMeriden SmuckerJoseph Spoelhof
Timothy StreitMark StuitElizabeth Terhorst
Bob TsironisAaron & Hailey Van AndelChris Van Andel
Jesse & Heather Van AndelKyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBosch
Sarah Vander BaanSydney VintonAlison Waske Sutter
Allie WittenbachAaron WongMegan Zubrickas

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