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 CrabbAaron & Afton DeVos
Samuel DeVriesTad DobreAlex Ehlert-VanBeveren
Jennifer FischerDavid GrangerApril Hirdes
Ken Hoffman & Lisa RoseJordan HoyerCrissy Hughes
Jason & Brandi HuyserEric JonesAlison Keutgen
Kevin & Katie KileenMichael KooistraEric Kovalak
Michael & Andrea LeestmaMichael LomonacoKimberly Loomis
Casey LoweryGeoff LudemaPeter Medema
Elizabeth MinesMike & Rachel MrazChristopher & Alyssa Nance
Heather NewhouseDana NicholsonKendra Osowski
Matt OsterhavenGregory PaplawskyErin Paquet
Eric PayneStacy PeckLeland & Alexandra Perez
Elizabeth PohlCody PletcherNicole Probst
Jeff & Deidre RemtemaElizabeth RhodaCharlie & Tanya Rowerdink
Alex SchrotenboerLisa SchrotenboerLindsay Slagboom
Jon & Allison SleightMeriden SmuckerSteven Steketee
Timothy StreitMark StuitElizabeth Terhorst
Bob TsironisAaron & Haley Van AndelChris Van Andel
Jesse Van AndelKyle Van AndelDaniel VandenBosch
Sarah Vander BaanDavid & Sarah VanderveenSydney Vinton
Alison Waske SutterMeiLi WieringaAllie Wittenbach
Aaron WongMegan Zubrickas 

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