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 ArmstrongTroy & Jill AustinJennifer Baldini
Chad BassettScott & Heidi CampbellNatalie Cleary
Matthew CookPaige CornetetBlake Crabb
Afton & Aaron DeVosSamuel DeVriesWilliam Dion
Bo & Jennifer FowlerKevin GardenierLinsey Gleason
David GrangerAndrew GrashuisChristine Hughes
Brandi HuyserJack IottEric Jones
Alison KeutgenKevin KileenEric Kovalak
Michael LomonacoErica LonnKimberly Loomis
Geoff LudemaMatthew McDonaldPeter Medema
Elizabeth MinesPhillip MitchellEvan & Caitlin Mlynarek
Mike & Rachel MrazAlyssa & Chris NanceHeather Newhouse
Dana NicholsonMatt OsterhavenGregory Paplawsky
Erin PaquetLee & Alexandra PerezLaurie Placinski
Nikki ProbstJeff & Deidre RemtemaLiz Rhoda
Charlie & Tanya RowerdinkLiz RuneyAllison Sleight
Meriden SmuckerLindsay SlagboomSteve Steketee
Timothy StreitPaul & Libby StuitAlison Waske Sutter
Charity TaatjesLiz TerHorstWilliam Templin
Jane TomaszewskiBob TsironisAaron & Hailey Van Andel
Chris Van AndelJesse Van AndelKyle Van Andel
Daniel VandenBoschDavid & Sarah VanderveenMarc Veenstra
Amanda WhowellMeiLi WieringaCharlie Wondergem
Aaron WongMegan Zubrickas 


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